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
Amberly knew she wanted to be a teacher in the 6th grade. Actually, at that time, she was on the fence between teaching and being a game show hostess. She has always enjoyed the challenge of making content relevant and interesting to students. As it turns out, teaching really isn't that different from gameshow hosting. Between her degree in History Teaching, which qualified her to teach 6-12 grade, and Special Education, which qualified her to teach K-12, Amberly has worked in virtually every grade level throughout her career. She has also worked in various capacities, as a teacher assistant, a one-on-one assistant, a classroom teacher, and in various schools, public and private, and classrooms. As a result, she has a deep understanding of child development and how ages and grades provide general rates of maturity and growth, but it becomes much more nuanced on an individual level. Amberly sees children as individuals and strives to meet their individual emotional, social, and academic needs.
She grew up in Salt Lake City and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after college where she lived for twelve years. She moved back to Salt Lake ten years ago. Amberly loves our beautiful mountains, four seasons, and many national parks. She has a son in the seventh grade at McGillis. She loves reading, creating art, and traveling to visit friends across the country.
As McGillis celebrates its 30th anniversary, what is a memory you would like to share with our community?
I have been a member of the McGillis community as a parent for 7 years and as a teacher for 5 and a half. My first impression of McGillis, as a parent of a kindergartener, was this is a school where you hold open doors for the people behind you. It's such a simple act, holding the door open for the person behind you, but it is very meaningful as an act of inclusivity and belonging. The message is, everyone is welcome and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to join in. I love our focus on Kehilah and the many small ways we nurture inclusivity and belonging.
As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, what is your wish for McGillis?
My wish for McGillis is for 30+ more years of meeting children where they are and nurturing their social, emotional, ethical, and cognitive development.
I am currently reading:
The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis
I am learning to:
Identify and accept what is within my control and what is without.
Favorite McGillis Tradition:
Family Group Lunch
Favorite McGillis lunch:
Favorite McGillis moment:
The many micro moments of connection throughout any given day with students, parents, and colleagues.