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Distinguished Teacher Jason Mills

  • Mesa View Middle School
  • Yucaipa-Calimesa School District
  • 7th-8th SI Math and Science
  • Math, Science


What advice would you give to people considering a career in teaching?

The best advice I can give a new teacher is to plan and implement a strong classroom management system that fits the teacher's particular personality. The system must be authentic to who, and what the teacher stands for because students deserve honesty. Once the students know the teacher is in charge and that they are in a safe environment, they will be better equipped to learn.

What's the best thing about teaching?

The best thing about teaching by far is the "ahh hah moment." This can happen after working with a student for just a few minutes or several weeks. It's that point when all the tension leaves the student's face and they have had a break through, they "got it."


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