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Maria Miller, After School Teacher of the Week

7:28 PM, Apr 14, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 5th grade teacher at Abess Park Elementary who tutors students of all ages after school at a nearby community center is our Teacher of the Week.

Maria Miller spends all day teaching her 5th grade class and then comes to the Timberwood Trace Apartments Community Center to help students with their school work.

"These kids have transportation issues. These are the kids who can't get to and from school so the ones who would normally get tutoring at school couldn't get there," she said.    

Miller comes to the community center two, sometimes three times a week. She organizes group activities for the kids and also spends a lot of one-on-one time with each student to help with homework. 

"Ms. Miller helps so I can get it and if I don't get it she'll take her time to teach me how to do it," said 5th grader Myah Richardson. 

The after school program has gained such success and popularity, it was awarded the 2009-2010 Neighborhood Grant through the United Way.

"I love it. This is my passion. It's amazing to feel this is where you can make a difference even if it's helping with homework," said Miller. 

Miller has been teaching at Abess Park Elementary for six years. She started tutoring after school four years ago. 

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