Meet your teacher, Shannon Miller



Name: Mrs. Shannon Miller

Grade/Subject at what school: Sixth grade Language Arts, Westfield Intermediate School

Number of years teaching: 12

Background/Schooling (college & high school): Byron Center High School, Byron Center, Mich.; B.S. Elementary Education w/Social Studies Endorsement, Huntington University, Huntington; License for Gifted and Talented Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette

Why did you become a teacher? As a young child, I always said I wanted to be a teacher. However, in 5th grade I specifically remember talking myself out of that career choice, thinking that I was too shy for the job. It wasn’t until halfway through my freshman year of college that I realized teaching was what I was made to do. My passion for learning and guiding adolescents through a challenging time in their lives is something I find incredibly rewarding.

What goals do you have for your students? My desire for my students is that they find the confidence to be themselves and stand up for what they believe in. It sounds cliché, but in 6th grade sometimes it can feel like the most important thing in life is to fit in with everyone else. I truly hope my students can gain confidence in my classroom that will support them in life as well.

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? When your child encounters a trial, whether in the form of a test of their knowledge or a challenge of their organizational skills, gently guide them through it with grit and perseverance. As an 11 or 12 year old, it can be so hard to face tough moments in life by getting up and trying again, and as parents, it can be so difficult for us to watch our child face failure of any kind. Help your child understand that his or her effort is far more important in life than natural ability. Walking with them through these moments will help them develop coping skills that will last them a lifetime.

Name your favorite movie: “The Sound of Music”

Name your favorite musician or band: It’s too hard to choose just one! I’ll go with a local band: The Aaron Pelsue Band.

What’s something your students might not know about you? I was chosen for the all-region softball team my senior year of high school.


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