Helen Miller, a special education teacher’s aide at the Jerry L. White Center and a 30-year District employee with a reputation for diligence, compassion and persistence, has been named the 2006-2007 Michigan School Support Person of the Year.
Miller received the coveted award Monday during a surprise visit from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan and top DPS officials, including Interim General Superintendent Lamont Satchel and Interim Deputy Superintendent Dr. Oscar Abbott.
The award, which is in its fifth year, honors outstanding school support personnel for their contributions to the success of the learning community. It focuses public attention on the tireless work undertaken by school support personnel on a daily basis.
Although the visit was unexpected, Miller’s family and co-workers were not surprised that she received the award.
“I believe that one of Mrs. Miller’s greatest strengths is her willingness to work with each student at whatever their level of functioning might be,” said Linda Gilmore, a teacher and co-worker.