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Returning Wildcat: Miller comes ‘home’ as a paraprofessional

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Ms. Sammy Miller is a paraprofessional in the special education department here at Normal West. Miller graduated from West in 2018 and still resides in Normal with her beloved animals, including her cat Ramona, (featured above).

Since the end of February this year, Ms. Sammy Miller has worked as a paraprofessional here at Normal West.

Her job mostly consists of her acting as a teacher’s assistant and helping with school work, lunch, community outings and students’ care.

Miller graduated from Normal West in 2017, and while here, she was a mentor in the Best Buddies Program.

“It [The Best Buddies Program] was definitely an inspiration for my Special Ed journey. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but not sure what kind. Best Buddies showed me that I really enjoyed working with high school students that have disabilities,” Miller states.

Miller being a Wildcat alumni has given her a unique perspective with her work and has made her transition into a new job a lot easier.

“It had already made me familiar with the staff and the teachers and had given me an idea of what being a teacher at West is like”,” Miller adds.

Miller plans on continuing her higher education career towards becoming a special education teacher, primarily focusing on secondary education.

“I have always loved working with students, and I think that working with students with disabilities has interested me because people with disabilities teach you to communicate in a different way, and they give you a different perspective on life. I think its really beautiful to see the world in a different lens. I honestly feel that the students teach me more than I teach them!” Miller states.

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