- Austin, Texas
Early Childhood Certifications and Trainings:
"Danielle already demonstrates the ability to make content relevant and create a classroom environment of active learning. Her strong content knowledge allows her to actively listen to students and build upon what they say as a way to draw connections and facilitate critical thinking.
Danielle is not only committed to making content relevant, but her strength lies in her commitment to involving students in their own learning in a way that is engaging, inviting and authentic. She is reflective, collegial, insightful, and professional. She will make a welcomed addition to any English department. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions."
" I have been teaching for twenty five years but have only had a handful of student teachers during that time. Why? Because I love to teach and to interact with my students. I find it difficult ot "hand them over" to someone else, But today I can truely say I am glad that I did. Working with Miss Miller helped me to reflect on my own teaching practicies. With Miss Miller's help, I learned too. I am confident that Miss Miller will be an excellent classroom teacher and would happily welcome her to my own department faculty should an opening arise. She has my full and strong endorsement." -excerpt from Mr. Mell's letter.
"Ms. Miller has a good understanding of her field, excellent communication skills, and a fine rapport with her students. She spends a great deal of time and effort in planning her student projects, and approaches her classes in an organized fashion. Her classroom management skills are very strong. She deals with students in a relaxed but firm manner, ensuring that their behavior is within the dictates of school and classroom policy."
I am a dedicated teacher who provides students with a content classroom supported by technology, reinforced through varied instructional practices and grounded in the belief of the abilities of every student. I am a teacher who is sensitive to the cultural needs and differences of an ever-changing, diverse student body.
5th grade science lesson
"I have determined that the most important thing a teacher can do is inspire: inspire through your selection of texts and lessons, through the design of your curriculum and through your unwavering support in the growth and learning process of every student. You must create an environment where students feel safe to go beyond what they know and move into a broader, more developed understanding of the connection between school and the outside world."
" Of the four language arts classes I taught, two had a high number of special education students with IEP’s. In the beginning it was hard for me to differentiate my instruction to accommodate all of my students. It took time, error, reflection, and patience, but I finally found a way to increase achievement of my special education students. What I did was help them to understand the importance of organizing their thoughts. I began by making daily study guides with larger lettering, pictures, and blank spaces for notes. I modeled for the students how to fill in the study packets and use them as a tool for review and study. The packets were used as a means of assessment, helping the students to understand that it is not only the “test” at the end of the chapter that counts, but also how you get there and what learning strategies you use along the way to help you improve. After the study packets, students who had previously answered every question wrong on a quiz were suddenly passing all their tests and doing their homework."
My objective as a teacher in any school or organization is always to teach my students to become independent thinkers and leaders. I work to instill a love of knowledge and to foster life-long learners who create goals and actively achieve them.