I am Chris Miller and I am so thrilled to be teaching 1st grade again this year! As a native Tucsonan, I attended the U of A in the 90’s where I received a degree in High School Education (Literature/Drama). After checking out the high school scene, I decided that what I really wanted to do was teach at the elementary level. After several years and a few kids later those dreams became a reality when my kids and I showed up at Sycamore! We loved Sycamore immediately and have been here ever since! Both of my kids attended K-5 here at Sycamore and are now successful high school students at Empire and Cienega. Sycamore has been a huge part of our family’s memories and I truly believe the foundation for their academic success. I love that I can understand what it is like to not only be a teacher here at Sycamore, but how to be a parent here as well. I also feel that having been a parent at Sycamore has helped me to become a better teacher, since I know and understand what teachers and parents experience daily.
During my years at Sycamore, my educational philosophy has remained the same. I really want to not only teach children academics but I also want to share with them my passion for learning! I achieve this in the classroom as well as in my K-2 Drama Club where I get to share my passion for theater and literature with these awesome young people! I love teaching kiddos new things and giving them new experiences to help them to grow into the awesome grown-ups that they will become someday.
I want kids to leave my classroom understanding how what we learn in the classroom relates to the “real world”. I want my students to come to school each day wondering what cool new thing they will learn and how Mrs. Miller will make them laugh! Classroom discussions, songs, skits, story-telling and a safe, nurturing learning environment help students to develop a love of learning and a love for school that I hope lasts them a lifetime!