|Doug Miller and Emily Van Pelt|
The Sharonville resident will be presented with a $1,000 UC scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior of his choosing who plans to attend UC in the 2011-2012 academic year.
“Mr. Miller was truly an inspiration to me during my high school years,” says Emily, now 21, who will be graduating with an associate degree in nursing from UC’s Raymond Walters College next June. Miller taught her sophomore-level biology class and her senior anatomy class at Deer Park High School.
She says those studies included field trips to UC, where students took part in UC’s Mini Medical College, a public, non-credit program that explores the functions of the human body. While a student at Deer Park, Emily and other members of Miller’s anatomy class attended the annual field trip to the UC College of Medicine to visit the gross anatomy lab and participate in a hands-on cadaver lab.
“If it weren’t for Mr. Miller and his confidence in me, I don’t know where I would be today,” she says. “I am eternally grateful for all that he has done for me and the type of teacher he is.”
Miller is dedicated to his students year-round, and has spent many summers working with UC’s Howard Hughes program in biomedical research, which has assigned him to work in several different labs at the College of Medicine over the past 12 years.
|Emily Van Pelt|
He says he remembers Emily, who was Senior Class President at Deer Park High School, as a very bright, focused, mature and compassionate person. He says honors such as the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Award are an acknowledgement of what teaching is all about – trying to make a difference in the lives of students. “It serves as a validation that you’re reaching some of them,” he says.
This December marks the sixth year that UC has presented the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Awards to recognize the lifelong inspiration of K-12 educators.