Meet your teacher, Heather Miller



Name: Heather Miller

Grade/Subject at what school: Second Grade, Monon Trail Elementary School

Number of years teaching: 12

Background/Schooling (college & high school): Jimtown High School, Elkhart, Ind.; B.A. Elementary Education, Anderson University, Anderson; M.Ed. Curriculum, Anderson University, Anderson

Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher because I wanted to help kids recognize their abilities and gain confidence in what they can do.

What goals do you have for your students? My goal for my students is that they will recognize their potential. I want them to be able to identify their gifts and to understand how those gifts can help them live with purpose each and every day.

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? Spend time with your children. Talk to them about what they are doing at school and in other activities. Family time is important. Communication and encouragement are the keys to unlocking the potential within each person. Ask them about what they are passionate about and talk about the future. Keeping the end in mind is a habit that can never start too soon. Look ahead at your child’s hopes and dreams and show them that the skills they are learning now are necessary to achieve their goals. If your child knows that you believe in him/her, he/she will start to believe in him/herself too. Help them to believe that they have purpose.

Name your favorite movie: “Facing the Giants”

Name your favorite musician or band: I love music! A few favorites of mine are Hillsong Young and Free, Pentatonix, Lifehouse and Civil Wars.

What’s something your students might not know about you? I LOVE to run! So far I have completed six full marathons.

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