When one of the endorsers of our Employee of the Month for September was asked to describe this employee she commented, “She is everywhere… all the time! I don’t know how she does it!” And not only is she everywhere all of the time, she has made a tremendous impact in a very short amount of time at Seven Oaks Elementary School. Madelyn Miller came on board as a Behavioral Assistant just two years ago, and since that time she has made a marked difference in the lives of the students and staff at her school. The entire school population agrees that “Maddie Miller is a keeper!”
Ms. Miller can be described in one word: “tenacious.” She has spent tireless hours immersing herself in the fabric of the school, and building relationships with students, teachers and parents. In communication with the school counselor and school psychologist, she developed “social stories books” where her students are the main characters in a story, including a story line and pictures. This practice has made an enormous impact on students’ behavioral issues, because as the child reads their own personal story they are reminded of appropriate behaviors and they act accordingly.
Maddie’s show of support for her students stands out loud and clear. She sits in on 504 meetings, IEP meetings and parent conferences. She is the “go to” person when a student is having difficulty controlling his temper. She diffuses the situation with her excellent interpersonal skills and follow-through. She is certified in CPI training and has been valuable in helping high-needs students control themselves and make good choices.
As an educator Ms. Miller conducts herself with highest degree of professionalism. She holds her students accountable for their actions while demonstrating how much she cares about them. She speaks articulately and clearly with parents which results in making the parent a partner in the success of their child. Ms. Miller has an “owner’s mentality” when it comes to her work ethic, her commitment to students, staff and to the parents. She was even selected to present at the countywide Learning Lab in-service, and her talents were immediately recognized by a behavior technician who came to visit.
Maddie Miller: Seven Oaks Elementary is a better school because of your service as Learning Lab Assistant. The school’s discipline referrals have decreased as a result of your proactive approach to helping your students. Your positive relationships with students, staff and the community have contributed to our county goal of eliminating the achievement gap. So for these reasons and many more, the Board of Education is pleased to recognize you Employee of the Month for September 2014. Congratulations!