Blended 1st - 3rd Grades



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Emily Miller

Hello Room 142!

Welcome back to Parkwood and to in-person learning!

My name is Emily Miller and I am excited to be your teacher this year. This is my first year teaching at Parkwood and I am so happy to be here! I went to elementary, middle, and high school in Shoreline and graduated from Shorewood High School - Go T-birds! This year, our class will be blending with Ms. Mesler’s third grade classroom. It’s going to be a great year!

Prior to teaching at Parkwood, I student-taught for Seattle Public Schools. I also spent one year working as a paraeducator in Managua, Nicaragua. It was so much fun!  I enjoy running, hiking, and baking, and I love to spend time with my family. I have an older brother and a little sister, and they are some of my very best friends. My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies. What is something that you like to do?


    Our students in the blended classroom attend one of three special education classrooms for primary and intermediate students. These are “Blended Classrooms,” meaning that our students have several opportunities each day to work alongside their classmates in a neighboring general education classroom. The general and special education teachers partner and plan together to implement lessons and activities appropriate for all students during our time together. Part of our mission is to broaden our students’ empathy, respect, responsibility, and acceptance of others within a diverse population through a challenging and appropriate education. This collaborative effort relies on close cooperation between students, parents, and staff within the school community. Blending allows for additional adult assistance for all students involved. Our model utilizes flexible, student-centered activities and a truly individualized approach to teaching and learning. Our students have a wide range of academic abilities and love being an active part of our school community!

    With the individualized nature of the program, our students use a variety of math resources to meet their math goals. Some examples we currently use are: Unique Learning System, IXL, Starfall, teacher-created materials, and other supplemental materials that support the math curriculum.

    Our students use a variety of English Language Arts resources to achieve their ELA curriculum goals. These goals are differentiated for each individual student. We use Unique Learning System, Early Reading Intervention, Reading Milestones, Starfall, teacher-created materials, and many others.

    We have three hands-on science kits. Our kits include Patterns, Discovering Animals, and Push, Pull, Go. We also teach science content during literacy time, using nonfiction texts to learn more about various science topics, and supplemental materials that gear towards student interests. We also blend with a first grade classroom for many science lessons.

    Our students engage in lessons in Unique Learning system and teacher created lessons. We also blend with a first grade classroom for some social studies lessons.

    We use a variety of social curriculums that are differentiated depending on student abilities.  We use Second Step and Think Social.