The Department of Educational Services’ Office of Special Services announces that the Winter 2012-13 Inclusion Teacher Award recipient is Christopher Miller of Claggett Middle School in Medina.
Miller is an eighth-grade science teacher in his 15th year with Medina Schools. He spent 14 of those years collaborating with an intervention specialist to help the greatest number of students possible learn the curriculum.
Miller was nominated by the Farmer family, who said that Miller set “such a positive tone” with how he interacts with his students that their son benefited greatly and grew in his social development. In fact, they said that “Miller was just awesome all the way around” in dealing with students who have special needs.
Miller received his award Jan. 8 with his wife, Tonia, and his parents, Lou and Vivian, in attendance.
“One of the most positive things that I have noticed about the kids in Medina is that the great majority of them are very understanding with regards to students that have academic and social struggles,” Miller said. “My job is much easier because I know that I can count on students in my class to show a great amount of compassion for those students that may need a little extra help with their interaction in the classroom. I am just as grateful to those students as I am honored to get the award.”