Natalia Miller Named Osceola School District’s 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year
Natalia Miller, a paraprofessional at Michigan Avenue Elementary School, has been selected as the 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year for the Osceola School District in recognition of her tireless efforts in assisting students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout the day. Her enthusiasm, her passion for meeting the educational needs of students, and her sincere interest in and concern for the children are infectious and make her a true asset to the school system.
Described by her principal and co-workers as a hard worker, Ms. Miller shows dedication to her job responsibilities and profession as she expertly manages the sometimes challenging student behaviors associated with ASD. She independently structures her classroom in a way that facilitates the necessary accommodations for all students to succeed, and she teaches all students to strive for excellence, to love learning, and to respect each other. Her colleagues look to her for guidance and advice when dealing with students who are struggling with their social skills and communication. In addition, her strong interpersonal skills have helped her build positive and supportive relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members. She is in daily contact with the parents of her ASD students. In order to make an even greater impact on students and learning in the years to come, it is Ms. Miller’s goal to complete a degree in Education, a journey which is inspired by the recent passing of the ASD teacher she worked with at Michigan Avenue Elementary.
Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace will now proudly forward her nomination on to the Florida Department of Education for consideration for the State's 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year Award.