Joni Miller qualifications

Joni Miller will be the Co-Principal, Teacher Trainer, and teacher.  Ms. Miller has the experience necessary to fulfill this role: 
  • Education:  Ms. Miller holds a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, in International Education and Policy Studies (2005).  Her thesis examined the participation of new teachers in an international practicum and the influences and benefits to the teachers’ approach to multicultural education in Canada.
  • Ms. Miller earned her secondary teaching certificate (1996) and B.A double major with honours (1993) from the University of Victoria, Canada.  She also completed language certificate programs at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and the Escuela Cabaguil in Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Teaching Experience: Ms. Miller has ten years professional experience as a secondary-school teacher in British Columbia, Canada: Spanish, French, English as a Second Language, and Social Studies. During her tenure at Stelly’s Secondary School, Ms. Miller has been Department Chair of Modern Languages (2003-2005), worked with the teachers’ union as the Elected Representative for Social Justice (2005), coached the cycling team (2000-2005), and chaperoned numerous overnight field trips and events.  She has taught English in Toulouse, France (1993), led workshops for university students in Ecuador (2006), and was a French language lab instructor at the University of Victoria (1993).
  • Teacher Training and Supervision:  Ms. Miller is a teacher sponsor and mentors teacher trainees during their field-experience practicum. Her responsibilities include: leading teacher-trainee orientation sessions; acting as a teaching role model; reviewing teacher-trainee overall objectives, lesson plans and strategies; observing daily lessons; providing constructive feedback on instructional techniques, engagement and delivery, classroom management and assessment strategies.  Ms. Miller guides the teacher trainee at parent-teacher conferences and report card writing.
  • Professional Development Workshops: Ms. Miller was trained by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) and BCTF (British Columbia Teachers’ Federation) to design and lead workshops on the themes of “Global Education in the classroom and beyond” (2004) and “Gender Equity” (2006).  Working collaboratively with 15 provincial colleagues, she created a 3-hour workshop curriculum and resource package.  Ms. Miller delivered this workshop to several classes of new teachers, as well as to experienced colleagues at numerous professional development conferences and staff training days. She created supplementary lesson plans for the Global Education website.
  • Award-winning International Service-Learning Projects: Since 2000 Ms. Miller has coordinated an international development program called “Global Perspectives” that teaches students about social justice, economic and development issues. Maclean’s Magazine named it “Best Community Outreach Program” in Canada (2005).  In 2004, Ms. Miller brought students to Belize to help construct La Loma Luz radiation room in San Ignacio; and in 2005, she brought students to Hopkins Village to teach a literacy camp in Hopkins Village.  She has led similar development projects in Ecuador (2007), Peru (2006), Cuba (2003), Toronto Refugee Centre (2002) and Costa Rica (2001).
  • Fundraising: Ms. Miller’s Global Perspectives students fundraise to support their international development projects and to buy necessary materials. In total, they have raised over $80,000 USD.  The major yearly event is a silent auction, dessert buffet and entertainment gala to solicit community donations and support. All monies raised are used for overseas projects.  For individual student program costs, Ms. Miller coordinates the sale of fair-trade coffee and a grocery store reward program.
  • Stakeholder:  Ms. Miller has been visiting Belize since 1999 and recently built her home in Bahia Puesta del Sol, Caye Caulker.  She has volunteered as a tutor and with the environmental club at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School and helped stock the library with resources.  She has a sincere desire to help and educate the children of Belize.