Her Life Is Any Open Book

Her Life Is Any Open Book

There are 17 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 7, 2007, titled Her Life Is Any Open Book. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

It's not even 8 a.m., and Marie Miller has more energy than should be allowed by law.

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Nimmi Baker

Essex, CT

#1 Apr 7, 2007
Wow! there is hope for me then?
Mary Mitchell

AOL

#2 Apr 7, 2007
What a great article and inspiration to all. Now that's positive aging. I'm going to forward this on to all my grandchildren and children that had Mrs. Miller. Mary Mitchell W. Simsbury and Fl
Mary Mitchell

AOL

#3 Apr 7, 2007
What a great article and inspiration to all. Now that's positive aging. I'm going to forward this on to all my grandchildren and children who had Mrs. Miller as a teacher. Mary Mitchell W Simsbury and Vero Beach Fl
Kathy Eccles Anez

AOL

#4 Apr 7, 2007
Mrs. Miller has been an inspiration to all of her students! I have fond memories of being in her class 20+ years ago. I still remember learning about Hawthornian ambiguity, verisimilitude and enjambement.(Apopka, FL)
Squirrel

Maryville, TN

#5 Apr 7, 2007
I had Mrs. Miller at SHS almost 20 years ago - she's a special kind of teacher that made school fun. It's great to see her being honored - she's one in a million!
Anonymous

United States

#6 Apr 7, 2007
I graduated from SHS many years ago and have returned several times since. Mrs. Miller has never lost her energy, and more important, her love for the students. I felt a little cheated that I wasn't able to have her as a teacher because I wasn't in the honors program.(The 'regular' kids would have benefited from her antics even more than the privileged.) She is truly an amazing woman who will leave a legacy for all who walk the halls in years to come. Congratulations, Mrs. Miller! You deserve many accolades for all that you have accomplished.
Steve Wisensale

United States

#7 Apr 7, 2007
As I read this wonderful story I couldn't help but think of that quote from pitching great Satchel Paige - "If you don't know how old you are, how old would you say you be?"
Joe Middletown CT

Bloomfield, CT

#8 Apr 7, 2007
Can she be cloned?That would be a boon to the Dept. of Education.God bless her.
Ms Walker

Middletown, CT

#9 Apr 7, 2007
It's too bad they don't have teachers like this for non-honors classes.
Would she still be so excited to teach then?
Ms Walker

Middletown, CT

#10 Apr 7, 2007
Or if she was teaching in Hartford, where they could use some good teachers. I don't think kids in Simsbury are really suffering from a lack of good educators or funds for a good education.
Squirrel

Maryville, TN

#11 Apr 7, 2007
Ms Walker wrote:
It's too bad they don't have teachers like this for non-honors classes.
Would she still be so excited to teach then?
I don't know if it was just a fluke in the scheduling that year or not but for the record, the class I had her for was non-honors and she was wonderful.

Regardless of her location or her occupation, she is 80 years old, works full time, does a great job and she enjoys it! I don't know too many people like that at 40, nevermind 80.
Squirrel

Maryville, TN

#12 Apr 7, 2007
Ms Walker wrote:
It's too bad they don't have teachers like this for non-honors classes.
Would she still be so excited to teach then?
I read the article again to be sure and it does state that she teaches both honors and non-honors classes.

Since: Apr 07

Tolland

#13 Apr 7, 2007
Ms Walker wrote:
Or if she was teaching in Hartford, where they could use some good teachers. I don't think kids in Simsbury are really suffering from a lack of good educators or funds for a good education.
Hartford has good teachers, I think it's more that the children there need better parents and the will to learn.
Barbara Persing

Ashburn, VA

#14 Apr 7, 2007
I am in my late fifties, completed my undergraduate degree in May, and began teaching high school this year after being a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes I wonder if I am starting out too late to be an effective teacher. This article about Mrs. Miller inspires me follow my dream, and yes, go on and obtain a masters degree in education. Thank you, Mrs. Miller, your enthusiasm for teaching your students has empowered me to teach my students as long as they need me.
MARY

United States

#15 Apr 7, 2007
Barbara Persing wrote:
I am in my late fifties, completed my undergraduate degree in May, and began teaching high school this year after being a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes I wonder if I am starting out too late to be an effective teacher. This article about Mrs. Miller inspires me follow my dream, and yes, go on and obtain a masters degree in education. Thank you, Mrs. Miller, your enthusiasm for teaching your students has empowered me to teach my students as long as they need me.
Barbara Persing, It is never to late and you are proof. I believe you will become an inspiration to your students for many years to come.

Congradulations, and best wishes in all you hope to achieve.

MARY

United States

#16 Apr 7, 2007
Sorry I meant to spell (too)
David Goldstein-Dallas TX

Irving, TX

#17 Apr 9, 2007
I was a student of Mrs. Miller 33 years ago. As she is today, she was then a fantastic teacher, among many great teachers at Simsbury High. She had a profound impact on my education and my life. That yellowed copy of "The Scarlet Letter" had white paper in 1973-1974, and the lessons learned of literature and life are burned as deeply in me as the red A was in Hester Prynne.

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