Everyone is special in various ways; our SPECIALS team is no exception! They meet daily with the entire school population in some form–whether it be in the library media center, the music room, in art, or in the gym during PE. We are blessed with the leadership of Blane Rogers (PE Coach), Melissa Bolgiano (Library Media Specialist), Amber Grant (Music), Amber Martin (PE assistant), and Scott Fiorenza (Art). These leaders of learners share a common vision for providing enriching, highly engaging, and meaningful work each day. Through various visual, auditory, and tactile means, their creative spirits, can-do attitudes, and strong beliefs in all learners sharing unique gifts and talents are seen in the special connections they make with learners. Specifically, they embrace state-of-the-art teaching approaches, showcase technology in their lessons, and integrate grade-specific expectations and curriculum into every lesson. What they do in their classrooms each day fully supports and enriches the academic setting for each learner, whether it’s math in music, reading in art, or science in PE. After all, research supports the fact that students who participate on a regular basis in the fine arts and sports perform better in their daily academics. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to provide these valuable classes to all elementary learners at Miller; thanks, MISD, for supporting these special programs in all our schools!
On top of all this, it is interesting to note this specials team writes, directs, and produces six outstanding grade level performances each school year! They truly live by the belief that all learners should be given the opportunity to perform on stage at least once every school year at Miller . . . and now you know another reason why they are so SPECIAL! 🙂