Palm Bay Elementary’s Gifted Teacher Barbi Miller Recognized For Her Passion and Dedication

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'There is not a night or weekend Barbi Miller is not doing something for someone'

This last Heart of Brevard nomination for 2019 was submitted by Breann Robertson, school secretary at Westside Elementary about Barbi Miller, above, gifted teacher at Palm Bay Elementary. (BPS image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – This last Heart of Brevard nomination for 2019 was submitted by Breann Robertson, school secretary at Westside Elementary about Barbi Miller, gifted teacher at Palm Bay Elementary.

“I have had the honor of knowing Barbi for many years,” said Robertson.

“First as my daughter’s teacher in the Gifted Student program for six years, then as a fellow co-worker and a cherished friend. Barbi is so much more than an amazing teacher. Not only has she helped guide my child to success and manage the success of her school, but she also is a major contributor to our Brevard community.”

Every year, Miller coordinates teams to benefit March of Dimes, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, Children’s Hunger Project, to name a few.

As the Special Olympics coach for Palm Bay Elementary’s Unified Special Olympics team and Special Olympics liaison for the district, she has helped bridge the gap of inclusion.

Everyone is treated equal and the students have learned important aspects of friendship.

“This connection has provided opportunities for our students to travel to Special Olympics state games,” said Robertson.

“Some of these students would have never had this opportunity to travel and feel the acceptance of belonging to a team if Barbi was not their coach. She also runs the Young Athletes Program at Palm Bay Elementary.”

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This program involves young students that may not be old enough for Special Olympics but gives them the opportunity to belong and experience exercise and participation.

“Barbi is also the school coach and Florida coordinator for the Future Problem-Solving Community Problem Solving program, where her teams have competed at district, state, and international levels and makes Brevard County proud every year,” said Robertson.

There is not a night or weekend Miller is not doing something for someone. On any given weekend, she is jam-packed with events and shows up for everything when it makes a difference in the lives of others.

“Brevard County and Brevard Public Schools have forever been impacted by Barbi’s passion to help others,” continues Robertson.

“Brevard County will continue to benefit from this extraordinary, passionate, dedicated BPS teacher for many years to come.”

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