User:Nicole Miller

I was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Liverpool with my parents and younger brother. I knew I wanted to be a teacher at a young age. Initially, I was inspired by my art teacher and wanted to follow in her footsteps. I veered off that path slightly, as I used my creativity and artistic side to complement my degree in Elementary Education. I graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2001 with a BA in Elementary Education and Sociology. After I graduated, I worked as a one on one teacher's aide with a special education student and girls' lacrosse coach. Two years later, I was still unable to secure a job in the central New York area as an elementary school teacher, so I moved to south Florida. In Fort Lauderdale, I accepted a job as a fourth grade teacher and worked for five years at Imagine Charter School. During those years, I took classes to be certified in both Gifted Education and English to Speakers of Other Languages. In 2009, I moved back to New York to be closer to family. I was fortunate enough to be hired at a local school, in their K-2 building, to be the 1/2 time Kindergarten ESOL teacher and 1/2 time Extended Studies Coordinator. Unfortunately, I was laid off due to budget cuts the very next year. Unable to wait for call backs, I moved back to south Florida where I taught third grade, then looped with my class to teach them the fourth grade curriculum as well. Finally, in 2012, I was called back to teach in NY. Currently, I am teaching fourth grade the Engage NY modules to align with Common Core Curriculum. It has been a roller coaster, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences and adventures that have accompanied it.