Growing up in Fulda, Laura Miller had a lot of good teachers, and it was in part the example those educators provided which convinced her to become a teacher, too.
“The teachers I had made a huge impact on me,” said Miller. “I want to be that person for someone else.”
Miller said she already knew by the time she was in second grade she was going to be a teacher. Her inspiration for education started, she said, with her kindergarten teacher who demonstrated not only the importance of learning but offered the kind of care students needed.
While Miller is not teaching kindergarten, she hopes to emulate that kind of care for her students by letting them know she is available for them and that she cares about them.
Miller, a 2007 high school graduate, attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where she earned degrees in early childhood and elementary education with a math education specialty.
Miller said she opted to pursue a degree that would allow her to work with younger students, because she sees in them that excitement for learning and a willingness to be in school.
She said she thinks in younger students there is a different attitude about school.
It’s not because they have to be there but because they want to be there.
Miller, who is teaching seventh and eighth grade math said those students she is guiding are taking skills they have already learned to the next level, whether in fractions or decimals as they get ready for algebra.
For Miller, math was the obvious choice, as she has always en-joyed doing it.
“Math is fun for me,” she said, adding she hopes to help other students find the fun in math, too.
Having grown up in southwest Minnesota, coming to the local school district was an ideal opportunity.
Being an hour and a half from home allows Miller the chance to stay close, which she said was important.
The role of RVMS math teacher is Miller’s first as an educator, and she said things are going well.
“I love the school and my co-workers,” she said. “We all get along well. Everyone has been so welcoming. I feel I can ask any questions, and they are going to help me.”
Miller said she has experienced the same sort of welcome from the community.
In addition to teaching math, Miller is involved with Xs and Os as a ninth grade volleyball coach.
She is also going to be an assistant basketball coach this winter.
When it comes to coaching, Miller said she uses a similar approach as she has in her classroom.
Page 2 of 2 - She said coaches are like teachers in that they are helping athletes learn a skill and then give them the chance to practice that skill under the tutelage of a coach.
Miller said she is definitely a hands-on kind of teacher, adding she hopes to instill the kinds of skills and values she learned in sports and the classroom, such as working hard, being a good leader and managing time well, to the students she encounters.
Miller is married to Blair, who is a sixth grade teacher in the Lakeview district.
Miller said her experience as a teacher has been a good one.
She is happy to be teaching and coaching in the local district.