Teacher Receives National Award

Connie Miller, a teacher at Moss Middle in Bowling Green, has learned she'll receive the Council for Exceptional Children's Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award.

This is a national award and as part of the application process she had to submit a portfolio with her teaching strategies.

Miller uses different methods to teach her Special Education classes at Moss Middle.

She says: "I use different strategies to make things interesting for myself. I like trying new things."

One of her strategies is video teaching, where her students see themselves performing different tasks.

Miller says: "I believe all students can learn as long as you introduce the strategies they need to learn."

She's even been able to teach her students to read with the new method. She says: "I believe all of us are vision oriented and we learn best by seeing a model."

If her students aren't picking something up, Miller takes it upon herself to find a new way to teach them.

She says: "I've always felt like if they're not learning something it's because I haven't figured out the right strategy to use for them."

Besides working in the classroom, Connie says the school as a whole has been accepting toward her students.

She says: "We try to give every student regardless of their disability the access to the general curriculum in the mode of communication they need."

Miller says her greatest hope for her students is that they are all contributing members to their communities as they grow older.

She will receive the award at the CEC's annual convention in April.

Last year she was named the Kentucky CEC's Teacher of the Year.

For more information you can log onto http://www.cec.sped.org.

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