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Mr. Miller: Everywhere All the Time

Meet Mr. Miller, a teacher who is everywhere, all the time!
Kaylynn Crawford
Mr. Miller, a 5th year teacher a West.

Eric Miller, a fifth-year teacher at West High has been such an inspiration to many students, showing them that you can accomplish so many things in small ways.

Throughout his K-12 experience, Miller had several teachers who made a lasting impact on him. When reflecting on why he chose to teach, Miller states ” In high school in particular I had a Social Studies teacher who encouraged me to become a teacher. He would later become a mentor in the early stages of my career.” If he had not chosen to be a teacher, he states that he “would have been a veterinarian. I have been told by several family members and friends that I would have been a great vet.” He says one of the only downsides to the alternate career path would be the emotional factors of being a vet.

This year, Miller co-teaches in four separate classrooms. Geography with Jonathan Grieder and Kaitlyn Alsaihati, American Lit and Comp with Johannah Nanke, and Economics with Denisa Sabic. Miller also helps provide specially designated instructions for students who have specific writing goals. Students in his classes easily form connections and feel very comfortable asking him for help.

Mr. Miller with students Brooklynn Campbell (11) and Jonathan Elliot (12). (Kaylynn Crawford)

When reflecting upon his teaching philosophy, he states that it is centered on building a strong connection with students. He accomplishes this by “providing an appropriate sense of humor and allowing student expression.” Throughout his first few years of teaching, Miller learned that the easiest way to connect with students is by allowing them to laugh and feel comfortable. “In my opinion, truly meaningful learning does not happen often unless educators allow students to feel comfortable in their classrooms but let them express who they are as people.” he shares.

In his five years teaching at West, Mr. Miller shares that his favorite experiences at West High are the little things, like when students greet or say good morning to him and other staff members. “Little things like that are not only important for students, as a way of acknowledging them, but it also makes teachers’ days more impactful,” he says.

Not only is Mr. Miller a talented teacher, but he has such a huge impact on the students he interacts with in a day. From saying hello to them in the hallways, all the way to comforting them when they need it, he is a great staff member to have around West High.

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About the Contributor
Kaylynn Crawford, Opinion and Arts & Entertainment Editor
(she/her) Kaylynn Crawford is a junior at West High and this is her first year on Wahawk Insider. Outside of Wahawk Insider, you can always find Kaylynn on the West High stages performing Theater Arts and Music. When Kaylynn isn’t on the stage, reading, or writing, she loves to be around her friends playing games and relaxing.
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