Dossier: English Teacher Melissa Miller


Rachel Thompson

English teacher Melissa Miller is in her eighth year of teaching at Gibson Southern.

English teacher Melissa Miller is in her eighth year of teaching at Gibson Southern, having previously taught at Princeton Elementary School and covering a long-term substitute position at Princeton Community High School. Miller teaches English 9, English 10, Critical Thinking and coaches the English academic team. She has a daughter at the University of Indianapolis, another daughter who graduated earlier this year and a son in eighth grade at Haubstadt Community School


Southerner: What was the hardest part of the last week for you?

Miller: “The past week? I’ve been struggling a lot with some heart problems so I’ve been in and out of the doctor’s [office] and the hospitals lately.”

Southerner: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Miller: “Chocolate Chip cherry amaretto from G.D. Ritzy’s

Southerner: What is a unique talent you have?

Miller: “I’m pretty good at rapping.”

Southerner: What do you think is the most important quality for a teacher to have and why?

Miller: “Patience and empathy because it’s important to understand that sometimes students are struggling and to identify with them and build that relationship with them so that they trust you.”

Southerner: What makes you feel most appreciated and understood?

Miller: “When somebody tells me they appreciate me.”