Student Nomination Story

Mrs. Miller By: Annika Nielsen, Grade 11 Have you ever met that teacher that you can always count on? The one that will be for you even when you continue on to another class? Well, I am lucky to have one of these teachers. Her name is Mrs. Miller. She was my first teacher coming from a small school of under 30 students in my class to about 1000 students. I was a scared little freshman, but I immediately felt welcomed by Mrs. Miller. I started off not knowing what directions I was going to take in High school. Thinking of business I took her Intro to Business class. She made learning about business interesting and fun. The following year I decided to take a Med terms class. This class was solely about memorizing medical terms and their functions. As I walked in, sure enough, she was my teacher! In disbelief and excitement, I started what I thought would be a hard class into one of my favorites. Why? Mrs. Miller. Believe it or not, a teacher makes you determined if you like the concept or not all together. I vividly remember one day during med terms I had to take a 20 concepts quiz on various medical terms. Unprepared and overall just having a bad day, Mrs. Miller realized. She told me “Don't fret, I would rather you know the material.” From there on I knew she cared about my knowledge rather than just taking tests, She wanted me to know the material. I was able to study that night much more prepared. I took it the next day. Continuing on to this year I decided to take her health occ class. I was able to learn how to take a pulse and even interview health professionals. Some of the best knowledge you could have she was able to teach. Overall I have always been a tactile learner. One thing I love most about Mrs. Miller is her ability to dedicate her time to all types of learning. In Health Occ. For example, we started off with a lecture and notes and then would get to really experience what we had just learned. One unit was about people with motor and sensory deficits. Instead of learning the definition and symptoms, we went a step further. She gave us all apple sauce and told us to try to not look at it and close our hands into fists. Confused and hesitant I agreed, I then had to attempt to eat the apple sauce with my fists closed not knowing where the apple sauce was on the counter. We then wrote about what we learned while doing this exercise and how it may connect in the unit we had just learned. We all wrote how we understood how people may feel with a motor deficit. It was evident everyone had much more sympathy for others suffering and we definitely put ourselves in their shoes. This is a lesson that is vital for kids, I am more considerate and know how to treat people with such deficits. So again thank you, Mrs. Miller, for not only teaching me throughout my years at AHS but also being the teacher that I can count on and teaching me things I will never forget as I start my medical career.

Annika Nielsen

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