Cloquet School Board hires extra middle school math teacherThe Cloquet School Board has voted to approve the hiring of a new full-time Cloquet Middle School math teacher.
By: Brittany Berrens, Pine Journal
The Cloquet School Board has voted to approve the hiring of a new full-time Cloquet Middle School math teacher.
Nicole Miley will teach sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade math starting with the 2010-2011 school year. This newly-created position will help take the overload off of current middle school math teachers who have been working extra hours after school to help students struggling in math. Miley will also work in after-school math programs.
Miley is a graduate of Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She has three years of math teaching experience.
In her latest job, Miley worked with students at ROCORI High School in Cold Spring, Minn., who failed the high school Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma mathematics test. She had a 95 percent success rate with getting the students to pass the rigorous test. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, this year 42 percent of 11th-graders failed the Math GRAD test on their first attempt.
“She’s had success working with kids who’ve struggled with mathematics in the past, so this fits perfectly with what she’ll be doing with our students,” said Cloquet Middle School Principal Tom Brenner.
She’s also taught at Stillwater High School and Brooklyn Center Odyssey Charter School.
Miley started in the science field working with the Centers for Disease Control before obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and teaching degree. Her experience with the CDC gave her the opportunity to work with people from many different countries including Turkey, China, India and Kenya.
Brenner says her experience with the CDC will bring a new element to the classroom.
“With her science background, she’ll be able to show kids how math is used in real-world situations,” said Brenner.
Other school board meeting highlights included:
• Board members voted on the “Adopt-A-School” list for the 2010-2011 school year. Gary Huard was designated as the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs, Community Education and Garfield School board member. Jim Crowley will represent Churchill Elementary School. Cloquet Middle School will have board member Duane Buytaert as its designated board member. Cloquet High School is represented by Ron Gittings and Rose Scheuer. Finally, Sandy Crowley will represent Washington Elementary School.
• The Cloquet School Board also designated the Pine Journal as its official newspaper for the publication of all published school business such as financial information, proceedings and public notices.
• A draft of the Indian Education Goals for the 2010 - 2011 school year was presented to the board members. Notable changes include an increase in the elementary teaching positions to two full-time positions. Also, a goal is to arrange to have the Indian Education teacher help plan and implement an after-school program, which would be collaborative with other after-school programs.