John Bear Mitchell, MEd
Wabanaki Center Outreach and Student Development Coordinator
University of Maine Native American Waiver Coordinator
Lecturer of Wabanaki Studies
John Bear Mitchell is a member of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island in Maine. He presently serves as the Associate Director of the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine in Orono and University of Maine Native Program Waiver Coordinator. He also teaches Intro. to Wabanaki History and Contemporary Issues, Multicultural and Diversity, and team teaches an Ethnomath class. He received his Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters of Educational Leadership at the University of Maine.
Before taking his position at the University of Maine, he was the Native Studies teacher at the Indian Island School. His main goal was to develop and teach an appropriate Native Studies program relevant to the Wabanaki people. He was appointed by his tribal council to serve as a member of the Wabanaki Education Committee, which was an outcome of a bill passed by the Maine Legislature to require teaching of Wabanaki Studies in all Maine schools at all grade levels. He has served on numerous museum and educational boards throughout the state with missions based on Maine’s Wabanaki people. John was a native consultant and a participant in the PBS series Colonial House.
For 10 years John visited schools in Maine as a Maine Touring Artist delivering an Arts in Education program. During that time, he visited over 150 schools. While working his way through college, he toured with the Native American Storytellers of New England. He presented a traditional and contemporary program in Native American Stories and Song. His singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS, tribal sponsored awareness videos, and other documentaries with topics on Maine’s Native People.