Q: What grade do you teach?
A: I have a program for all elementary students that need extra help with their every day school
work. I have my own room, set up the way I think it is best for my students.
Q: Are any of your students considered “special needs” children?
A: Not necessarily. These children are in need of more one-on-one and guidance to complete their
understanding of certain assignments.
Q: What is your philosophy?
A: I feel there is not a blanket method of teaching for all children. How do you create a program
that meets all children’s needs? I feel it is essential that all children know your rules and have boundaries, but it
is equally essential that a teacher look at the children as individuals and their cultural customs. Teaching does not involve
just the child, but the child’s family. Knowing information about the child’s family helps me to understand the
child better. I like to ask the parent’s things like “Tell me about your child. Are you having any problems at
home?” At the same time, there needs to be consistency with the child and their family in order for the success to occur
within the program. This is a critical informative time in their life. I really work hard to bring as much information together
about the child that I can.
Q: Is there a particular teaching method that you weave into your teaching program?
A: “EMHI”… Early mental healthy initiative… (please see link below)
I use it and I have observed that it works! It is incredibly successful. Each day during my program, I allow a half of an
hour where the children can do what ever they choose to do without me telling them to do anything. There is a lot of information
on the internet about the EMHI. It has been around for years.
Q: I agree with your philosophy, as it is parallel to my own. I really feel that the old saying
“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” is and always will be one of the best sayings when it comes to kids.
A: Yes, at all ages and all levels!
Interviewing this wonderful teacher was exciting, because she has a excellent grasp of what a teacher’s role
in socialization is. Ms. McMillan understands how important it is to be in communication with the child’s parents. She
stressed the need to know and as much as you can about the child’s culture, background and other information that would
help her recognize and appreciate the child. Knowing, as she said, “This is a critical informative time in their life.”
and there is no “blanket method” for teaching children, she fills her classroom with support and many fun things
to keep her children happy and interactive with her and each other. In this small and yet concise interview, Frances told
me about EMHI. This program inter-woven within a thoughtful and nurturing teacher’s curriculum such as Frances‘s,
can beautifully enhance and enrich a child’s life. This program taught on school sites only, is designed to help mild
to moderately affected children in need of mental health support for success. The goal of this program is to help improve
a child’s development of social and emotional attributes for the benefit in the quality and success of their lives.