My goal is to expose students to real-world everyday problems and phenomena and give them opportunities to make sense of, think critically, and draw their own conclusions based on evidence. This is definitely a skill that must be acquired with hard-work, dedication, and being ok with making mistakes. As an educator, I will continue to encourage students to make mistakes, and only then will they gain strength to persevere, which is where the true growth and learning happens.
Each-One Allign alliance and Radical Reality have presented at Mills and the theme this year is on Open Your Mind, Be Kind. Students are exposed and reminded of what kindness looks like. Lunchtime activities, clubs, sports, and classroom learning all begins with a foundation of respect.
Students are modeled school expectations and teachers, staff, and administration create character building lessons during advisory. Students are held accountable, and positive behaviors are rewarded with many on and off-campus awards, college-trips, activities, and even a STEM Camping Trip.
After completing my credential and Masters at UC Davis, I turned down two job offers because I knew I wanted to teach at Mills Middle School. Mills is a unique educational setting with incredible students, supportive staff, patient administration, and phenomenal teachers. Mills students wear uniforms to encourage community and level the playing field, reducing the common "haves" and "have nots" in other school settings. Mills recognizes the importance of promoting positivity in the lives of our students by holding student-of-the-month awards ceremonies, as well as a trimester awards for Academics, Attitude, and Attendance. These alongside many other positive behavior strategies align with our staff's and teacher's vision of focusing on and encouraging the positive. On the same note, our site offers an incredible amount of before and after school clubs, activities, events, and socials for students to build and develop trusting relationships with positive mentors. In my classroom, students engage in hands-on learning and problem solving with the intention and purpose of gaining real-world critical thinking skills that help them make sense of phenomena around them. I chose to be an educator, am passionate about what I do, and am beyond proud to be a Mills Mustang. I am happy to invite you into my classroom to observe science anytime and share with you my enthusiasm for learning, science, and discovering your own passions. Keep learning and think like a proton and stay positive. Mr Smith
Mr. Maroon encourages his staff to build relationships with their students and each other. It truly is a Mustang family. Thank you, Mr. Maroon for the positive changes you have encouraged here at Mills.
Yes, students are challenged to grow academically and as citizens of their school. Opportunities to participate in student government, clubs, sports, dances, and academic challenges occur throughout the year.