Office for Prior Learning Assessment

Kate Mitchell , M.S.

Staff Assessment Associate
Kate Mitchell , M.S.


122E Payson Smith Hall, 96 Falmouth Street, Portland, Maine 04104-9300

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4663

Kate has been working for the Office for Prior Learning Assessment for the past fourteen years, helping adults and students convert their prior learning to USM credit. Kate is also an Adjunct Lecturer for USM's Departments of English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Kate comes to the University with a Master's Degree from SUNY at Albany in English Linguistics and Teaching English as an Other Language, and a B.A. from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, (the home of John Glenn) with a double major in English and Education. She has been a Community Ambassador to Japan for the Experiment in International Living, directed a Migrant Day Care Center for the College at SUNY Brockport, New York, and taught English as a Second Language at SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Albany.

In Maine, while raising her five children, she taught all levels of English at Cape Elizabeth High School, was the Director of the Reading and Writing Lab, and successfully developed the R.O.P.E. program  to involve at-risk high school students in the teaching of reading to elementary students -- a boon to both populations. She has taught Senior AP English at Catherine McCauley High School, and for many years, Kate directed the Cape Elizabeth Summer Institute for Intensive English, in collaboration with the Spanish Student Exchange Program in Maine, which she created with her husband.

Kate has also earned a three-year certificate in Pastoral Counseling, owned a store in Portland's Old Port, edited educational manuscripts for a national publishing company, and has authored many educational publications in Spanish. She currently owns Lifelines, Inc., which produces life stories upon request.

She is a strong advocate of life-long learning and looks forward to working with all of you as you sort through the maze of wonderful possibilities to earn college credit for your prior learning.