Middle School Academic Coach
At McGillis since 2016
Contact Amberly Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org
B.A., History, Teaching, and Special Education, Brigham Young University
I have worked in public and private schools throughout my career from preschool to high school. I have worked as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant, one-on-one aid, and classroom teacher in regular and special education classrooms here in Utah as well as the San Francisco Bay area. I LOVE to read and learn new things and spend quality time with family and friends. I enjoy creating art when inspiration strikes.
I am currently reading:
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
I am learning to:
Trust my instincts with my art and accept mediocrity because the process brings me joy!
Favorite McGillis lunch:
Lemony smashed potatoes, yummm!
Favorite McGillis moment:
Every day at McGillis includes beautiful moments. I just love witnessing children joyfully expressing who they are in a community of acceptance.
The defining moment that led you to your career in education:
When I was in elementary school I knew I wanted to either be a teacher or a game show hostess ... I'm not sure when exactly the scales tipped to teaching. ;)
Which McGillis Value do you most appreciate?
This truly is a tough one. I love Limud L'shma because reading and learning new things is one of my favorite things to do. Tikun Olam is beautiful! We truly are nurturing, in our students, the desire and ability to repair the world. Because of Derech Eretz McGillis is a unique gem of a community in Salt Lake City. Intentional Tzedakah and Gemilut Hasadim build and strengthen our Kehilah. I guess our Kehilah is what I appreciate most about McGillis. But we wouldn't have the Kehilah we have without the other values.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is accepting kids exactly as they are and creating a safe space for each student to just BE.