Teacher Appreciation Spotlight: Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller

Morgan is a new high school teacher. I met her and her family when we moved to Texas because they live next-door to my in-laws and her daughter is only a year older than Tyler. They are a wonderful family and I can easily see that Morgan would be an awesome teacher.

What grades and/or classes do you teach?

English III (high school juniors)

How long have you been teaching?

first year

What other grades/subjects have you taught, if any?

n/a

Why teaching? What or who inspired you to be a teacher?

My 11th grade English teacher was a scion of wisdom, humor, and caring. He made each of us feel valued in his classroom, and we learned without realizing we were doing so. After years in the government, I wanted to do something that made a more obvious difference; the kind of difference my teacher made for me.

Was teaching your first choice in career? If not, what else did you consider?

Nope–I worked for the federal government for almost a decade in Washington, DC before moving to Texas and pursuing teaching.

Have you thought about changing careers since becoming a teacher?

no

What was your college major and how has it helped in your teaching career?

Linguistics (second major in modern languages)–so not a big a help.

What is your favorite part about being a teacher?

All 182 of my monsters. I miss them on days off.

What is your least favorite?

administrivia

What are the biggest challenges you face as a teacher?

They’re teenagers. They have angst and drama and are sometimes disruptive and demeaning.

What are your goals for your students?

I want them to develop their critical thinking and creative expression skills.

What do you want your students to remember about you as a teacher?

I want them to remember that I cared.

How do you spend your school breaks?

Reading!

Give your best advice for someone who may be thinking about a career in teaching.

If you don’t love the age you’re considering teaching, nothing else will ever make the job worth it.

Any fun or favorite story you want to share?

One of my measures of success is the number of students who voluntarily spend their lunches with me. Today, the answer is nine, three of whom aren’t even in my class.

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