We have all heard about how just a one-degree change can seem small and uneventful in short; however, in the long run, will lead to a spectacular moment. Scientists use this logic to change matter from one state into another, pilots to ensure families return home safely, and teachers making their students feel heard by giving an extra five minutes of their time. I believe the one-degree change moment that happened in my life was when Mr. Miller spent his extra five minutes with me when I was his student between 2007 and 2008.
Mr. Miller gave me those extra five minutes during one of the darkest moments of my life. By spending one-on-one time together, it allowed me to be able to breathe finally in a safe environment. Those extra five minutes shifted my path to consist of graduating high school with a high enough GPA to earn decent scholarships to pay for college and graduating from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. I have worked as an accountant for the past four years and am now pursuing a career and doctorate in social work. Most importantly, I have experienced the happiness that this universe has to offer.
It may have taken me 13 years to recognized and acknowledge Mr. Miller's impact on my life, but that does not mean I have not been benefiting from those five minutes in the long run. In return, I decided to give an extra five minutes of my time to nominate Mr. Bryn Scott Miller, a 7th-grade world history teacher at Northwood Middle School, for this honor. Especially for being willing and having the strength to teach pubescent history during the age of smartphones, Tik Tok, covid, and the other eventful challenges life gives us.
Keep up the good work Mr. Miller.
Former world history student,
Isaiah Z. Campbell