In recognition of his accomplishments as an outstanding educator and for his passion and devotion to teaching the whole child, Michael Miller, fifth grade teacher at Kissimmee Elementary, has been named as Osceola School District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Miller takes the time to form real supportive relationships with his students. He shows that he believes in them as he guides them along their paths of learning. He has earned a perfect 4.0 score on the student achievement portion of his annual evaluation for the last five years. His students, who are mostly comprised of Exceptional Education students (ESE) and English Language Learners (ELL), come into his class at a level 1 or 2 on standardized assessments, and by the end of the school year, they are scoring at a level 3 or higher. His success in student growth is due to his high expectations and data driven instruction. Overall under his leadership, the fifth grade mathematics teachers at Kissimmee Elementary have seen large growth in the number of students who are proficient and who are making learning gains in their academic achievement.
Mr. Miller’s guidance and expertise for his students also extends beyond the traditional school day. He works closely with several math teachers for after-school tutoring, in order to provide additional resources and guidance for students needing intensive remediation. He also helps plan the school’s Math, Science, and Literacy Nights. Mr. Miller is a mentor teacher and an intern-supervising teacher to college students working towards their teaching certificates. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also recognized him in 2016 for his achievement gains with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.
“It is Mr. Miller’s passion to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn and to reach their maximum potential no matter what they have faced in their young lives,” said Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace. “I am extremely proud to have him represent the many outstanding educators here in our county.” Mr. Miller will now represent Osceola County at the state level in the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s 2018 Teacher of the Year judging.