December 06, 2021
Faculty Spotlight: Kasey Miller
Please give us some background on yourself and your experience.
I come to GCS from Los Angeles, CA, with 17 years of teaching, curriculum design, and administrative experience in private, independent schools. I began my career at Turning Point School teaching Kindergarten–Grade 3. I also served as the admissions associate, participating in all aspects of the admissions process. During my time at Los Encinos School, I was a member of the K–2 teaching team and a reading specialist, providing additional support to students and educators to help solidify early reading skills. Additionally, I chaired committees at both schools as part of the NAIS reaccreditation process. I am originally from Maryland and earned my undergraduate degree in communication from the University of Maryland. I have two master’s degrees—one in education and one in educational leadership and administration, both from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. During my MA program, I developed a training program for assistant teachers to support and mentor young professionals pursuing a career in education.
Here at GCS, I am currently working in academic support for the Lower School, so you can find me in the Primary Building and the Manor House.
I decided to embark on a career in education because there is no greater gift than igniting that spark and desire to learn in your students. I also love to laugh, and kids are entertaining. Some of the best laughs I have ever had come from students in my classroom.
What brought you to GCS?
Growing up in Maryland, I was familiar with the school’s excellent reputation in the private, independent school world. I am thrilled to be working here and have the opportunity to bring my boys, Hudson and Wyatt, to GCS as well. Go Glens!
What is one of the most rewarding moments as a teacher?
Having spent most of my career in kindergarten and first grade, I would say the most rewarding moment for me is when a child learns to read. Teaching them how to read allows them to seek, gather, and crave knowledge on their own, and that’s pretty powerful.
What advice do you have for students learning in a pandemic?
Learning is and should be a messy process. Learning during a pandemic is what I like to call a “beautiful disaster.” My advice to students is to embrace the beautiful disaster. Be flexible, reflect on the positives, and know that they can do hard things in life. We are all in this together and so fortunate to be back on campus learning and working in person!