Lawrenceville, Georgia                               stop blaming teachers

Timothy Mullen © 2017  |  All Rights Reserved


  • Teacher of the Year | 2013-12014

  • Teacher of the Year | 2001-2002
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 
  • Georgia Middle School Association Middle School Team of the Year, Georgia District 2 

Leadership Roles

School and District levels

  • Grade level chair
  • Science curriculum chair
  • Teacher Rep School Council
  • Numerous special committees for school improvement
  • Teacher Rep, District Superintendent Council

State Level

  • Teacher Rep, Georgia Governor Advisory Council
  • President, Professional Association of Georgia Educators
  • Board Member, Professional Association of Georgia Educators
  • Legislative Task Force, PAGE

National Level

  • National Teacher Fellow, Hope Street Group
A Positive Voice for Teachers and Public Education

     I have been married for 35 years to Loretta Mirandola. A lawyer for 18 years, she also changed into education to teach AP Government and Political Systems and retired at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. We have three daughters: Martina, Jacqueline, and Alexandra. Martina and Jacqueline are married and live in New York and Seattle. Alexandra lives in Atlanta. Loretta and I live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I am a public school teacher. I teach Life Science to seventh graders. I was not always been a teacher. I did not actually have an education degree until my 14th year of teaching, when I received my Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.  I was in my late 30s when I began certification coursework for the transition to the classroom. I had two prior careers before teaching: 1) as a federal civil servant doing environmental protection work with the Department of Defense (Army for 7 years), and 2) in computer software sales and management for a rapidly growing company (7 years) taking them from $1.5 million to over $5 million. I have a B.S. in Environmental Resources Management, an M.S. in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Middle School Education. But now, front and center, I am a teacher. I am not, however, a teacher who is:

  •  is disgruntled
  • is unhappy
  • wanting to lash out
  • angry
  • is unhappy with my leaders (my superintendent, Board of Education, Principal),
  • wants to stir things up
  • writing this book out of anger, revenge, or dissatisfaction with my working conditions.

     I am concerned for the future of public education in America. There are all sorts of so-called “experts” who say they know what is wrong and how public education should be fixed, but the voice I do not hear is of the only true experts on education—teachers. I have been involved with Georgia’s largest teacher organization as a board member and as president (then 84,000 educators, more than 92,000 now)  so I have attended meetings throughout Georgia and listened to teachers tell their stories. I have had access to school superintendents, school board members, legislators, business leaders, and various education organizations from throughout the state and discussed many of the topics covered within this book.

     My National Board Certification trained me to be tuned in with my students, their parents, and the professional community. I wrote the book "STOP BLAMING + START TALKING  from a good place in my life. I like my job, what I teach, and the people I work with daily. I could not ask for a better assistant principal, building principal, district superintendent, or Board of Education. I feel trusted by my leaders and am asked regularly for my input at all levels by district leaders. I now have more than 20 years in the classroom and look back with no regrets for switching into the teaching profession. In fact, my primary passion in life is working with students. I like them, their parents, and my fellow teachers. There are naturally a few students and parents who require more attention than others and I welcome the questions and concerns of parents who want to be involved in their children’s education. If you are a teacher and your experience has been different from mine, if you’ve seen or experienced things that underscore what I’ve said here or challenge my perspective, please communicate them with me—I want to hear.


  • B.S., Environmental Resources Management | Penn State University
  • M.S. Public Administration | Columbus College
  • PhD, Middle Grades Science Education | University of Georgia

- Contacts

Timothy M. Mullen, PhD

Certifications and Licenses

  • T-7 Middles Grades (grades 4 - 8), Science, Math, and Social Studies
  • National Board Certified Teacher - Early Adolescence (ages 11-14) Science
  • Georgia Master Teacher – Science  - Teacher Support Specialist 


Professional Career

  • Teacher, Middle School Life Science, Math, 24 years in Gwinnett County, Georgia
  • Sales Manager and Consultant, 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Environmental Scientist, 7 years at Fort Benning, Georgia