Brad Miller, an eighth grade teacher and coach, was named the Novi Middle School Teacher of the Year on Monday.
Miller has been teaching at Novi Middle School for the past eighteen and a half years. He also coaches the cross country team. Mr. Miller graduated from Grand Valley State in 1997 with his Bachelor of Science. He also earned a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Wayne State University in 2005.
Mr. Robert Baker, principal of Novi Middle School, stated, “Congratulations to the 2020 NMS Teacher of the Year: Brad Miller! Nominated by Sarah David and Kenny Fenchel, we are extremely proud to recognize Brad's contributions to NMS and its students. With his dedication to high-level broadcasting, his passion for coding, and his dedication to helping our students to become computer savvy, Brad is a highly-esteemed educator and coach in our building and in the district. We are extremely proud!”
Mr. Fenchel, a colleague of Mr. Miller, stated that “Brad has great passion for his curriculum and never stops improving his craft. It is truly impressive to see the class in action as students balance interpersonal skills with individual development. Through the years, his students have received a variety of awards from state associations that recognize middle school students in the area of broadcasting and reporting.”
Debbie Calanchi, one of Mr. Miller’s parents stated that, while her children “thoroughly enjoy learning about computers, including Word Processing, coding, and various programs, what they appreciate most is his kind demeanor, humor and how he makes learning fun. They feel welcomed in his classroom as he creates a safe, learning environment with clear expectations.” Mia Tanacea, one of Mr. Miller’s former students states that, “He is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Mr. Miller is kind, helpful, and a problem solver. His WNMS class is my favorite part of the day. It is my first hour, and puts me in a great mood for the entire day.”
Mr. Miller, in his eighteen and a half years at Novi Middle School, has grown and cultivated young minds and athletes focusing on supporting students in and out of the classroom. He is a true, strong asset to the Novi Middle School staff.