Teacher Makes Good on Promise
Kevin Miller recently returned to Lincoln from Philadelphia where he retired from Bucks County schools. We met over chai lattes so that I could learn more about this teacher and administrator who specializes in education of the deaf. Now a substitute teacher for Lincoln Public Schools and adjunct professor at Concordia University in Seward, Kevin has immersed himself in his hometown and NET.
He credits his mother for his love of reading and lifelong interest in education and his grandmother for his pull to PBS.
"She would call me and tell me what was on channel 12," he remembers.
In addition to being an NET member, Kevin has included NET in his will.
"I promised myself that when I finally made some money, I would support public media and honor my family," he says.
When I asked him about his connection to public radio, Kevin launched into a story from grad school in 1978.
"I roomed with a really great Palestinian student from the West Bank. He and his friends listened to NPR for more in-depth international news. I got hooked," Kevin says.
Kevin clearly thrives on expanding his boundaries and admittedly has a touch of wanderlust. This itinerant teacher has called many place home-Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio and Colorado. As a visiting Fulbright scholar, he taught in Taiwan and Greece. As an educator and administrator, he has been part of the evolution of instructional methods for students who are deaf, always focusing on developing their language skills.
In "retirement," Kevin is a church volunteer, TeamMates mentor and academic author. He also loves the music on NET Radio. Earlier this year, he joined the Friday Live radio audience to hear American classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein perform live at NET.
"During my career where I was frequently on the move, there was always one constant in my life: NPR," he says.
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