Mr. Mitchell attended Region Two during his junior and senior years of high school. When he graduated from Hodgdon High he attended a technical school in Ohio, Ohio Auto Diesel Technical College. Upon returning from Ohio Auto Diesel Technical College, Richard moved to Houlton and worked in a car dealership, managed in a parts store and eventually started his own automotive business. Mr. Mitchell started substitute teaching at Region Two in 2004 and really enjoyed returning to the school that had such an impact on his early career path. Mr.Mitchell started instructing the welding program in 2007. Mr. Mitchell has been instructing the welding program for over 15 years enabling him to prepare his welding students to become AWS certified welders, earn college credits for welding, as well as their OSHA 30 and other industry-recognizes credentials.