A Holderness Central School teacher who involves her students in community service projects is New Hampshire’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. Angie Miller, a 2002 graduate of Plymouth State, was chosen from dozens of nominations by New Hampshire’s Department of Education. Miller has been teaching for nine years, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English in 2002. She is currently seeking a master’s at PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said the University is very proud of her.
“It’s a wonderful honor,” said Steen. “We’re very proud of the good work she is doing on behalf of education in New Hampshire.”
In receiving this award, Ms. Miller becomes New Hampshire’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.
“Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in New Hampshire schools,” said New Hampshire Education Commissioner Virginia Barry. “Angie will serve as an ambassador for all the excellent teachers in the state.”
Miller makes a concerted effort to create connections between her classroom and the community. She has guided students into raising money for victims of natural disasters and helped furnish an apartment for a local, low-income woman. She has created a classroom environment where students feel welcome, are eager to explore new learning experiences, and are willing to take risks. Angie said she was thrilled to win the award, because teaching is her passion.
“I love coming to my job every day, said Miller. “Every day is unexpected–from daisies left on your desk to the kid who storms out of your classroom, angry. You never know what you’ll encounter. I love watching kids’ writing develop and I can never get sick of the image of a student so engrossed in a good book that they don’t hear you trying to interrupt.”
Miller also credits Plymouth State with providing her with a solid foundation to pursue her professional dreams.
“I owe a lot to the professors who modeled excellent teaching,” Miller said. “I felt that every day in the English Department was a study in teaching excellence for me. At Plymouth, I was immersed in educational observations and lessons immediately. I was continually encouraged to assess my philosophies and reminded it was okay to let new philosophies emerge.”
Each year, New Hampshire schools take part in the State and National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with the University of Phoenix Foundation and People to People Ambassador Programs. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.
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