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Happy Retirement, Mr. Miller!

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Arcadia High School (AHS) math teacher, Mr. Nils Miller, is retiring from AHS after teaching for 34 years. In addition to geometry and calculus, Mr. Miller has also taught AP classes. Although this is his final year of teaching, he will be remembered for his kind disposition and patience.

“I like geometry because of the logic behind it, and I like calculus because of the challenge,” said Mr. Miller.

Besides teaching various math classes and running the Math Team, Mr. Miller has also coached Cross Country and Track and Field for the last 20 years.

“I loved coaching Cross Country and Track and Field, so it made sense teaching in my best subject [math] and being involved in sports that I enjoyed and competed in myself,” said Mr. Miller.

Mr. Miller’s fondest memories are watching his students understand and grasp the concepts he teaches. Seeing them have that eureka moment as they figure out the problem that had been stumping them isa wonderful feeling for Mr. Miller.

“Every once in a while you get one of those people who struggles trying to figure something out, and then as a teacher, you try [and help] them figure it out. Those little moments are the best,” said Mr. Miller.

Mr. Miller noted that many of the places and buildings in AHS have changed as the years have gone by, such as the conversion of the auto shop into a science building and allocation of individual lockers that students once enjoyed.

“Mr. Miller is a great teacher, and he’s super nice when he teaches,” said freshman Sheyenne Huang. “He’s patient and I like how he always gives us time to ask questions about the homework.”

Mr. Miller stated that he would enjoy his retirement by going to places he likes, exploring the country with his wife, along with more reading and biking. He shared that since he worked during the school year, it made traveling harder, so this will be a nice vacation.

“Working during the school year always made [trips] more difficult or forced me to travel during the busiest, most expensive times of the year,” said Mr. Miller.

“Mr. Miller’s pacing is good, and he’s pretty thorough when teaching us,” said freshman Noah Kang. “He always explains everything slowly and repeats information when we don’t understand that topic.”

Throughout the last 34 years, Mr. Miller has taught many students and has helped them overcome the challenges that come with learning math. Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Miller, and thank you for all the hard work and dedication that you have put into teaching at AHS!

Photo Courtesy of AHS Yearbook

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