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Teacher/Researcher, Literacy, Wilson Reading Specialist
With a BA in Early Childhood Education from Kean College, Sandy Miller has been educating children for 25 years. She developed the Primary Program at A Child’s Place School, was Director of Education for Head Start of Monmouth County, and a Teaching Assistant in Tinton Falls Autistic Program for early childhood students. Sandy teaches reading, writing and basic math skills to early learners in a meaningful environment that helps students see the value of their hard work. Energetic and creative, Sandy’s teaching philosophy ensures a fun and joyful classroom environment. She believes that every child is a powerful human full of potential and knows that children’s strengths should be respected and voices should be heard. Sandy was recently a presenter at the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference, where she introduced a year-long literacy project.
Anna is a life long learner who has always been in search of progressive and innovative ways to educate herself and others. She received her B.A in Liberal Arts in 2011 from St. John’s College in Annapolis. Her time enrolled in the Great Books program at St. John’s allowed her to see and experience the wonder of the socratic seminar and the beauty of building equality between learners as they approach a common text together. A love of great books and great conversations continues to bring joy to her life.For the past decade, Anna has been working in education. She lived for two years in an intentional life sharing community and school in Southern England where individuals with and without cognitive disability could learn and grow together. While there, she learned the importance of handwork, gardening, movement, and art as vital to the education of the whole person.
After returning to the United States and settling in Phoenix, Arizona, Anna taught middle school at a classically inspired preparatory school before finding her place in a Montessori classroom. Through Montessori education, Anna fell in love with the genius of the mixed age classroom. Her classroom was built on trust, peace, inclusion, and allowing students to follow their own interests. She gained an AMS Montessori elementary teaching certificate through the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative in Lexington, Massachusetts in 2019. She has finally returned to the Jersey Shore where she grew up and is excited to join the Voyagers’ Community.
Anna is a mother of two young daughters and loves bearing witness to their own unfolding curiosity about the world. She believes firmly that all children are capable, deserving, and complete and feels privileged to be able to support children in their individual journeys. In her free time, Anna loves working in fiber arts, reading poetry and spending time in nature.
Teaching Associate ~ Literacy & Humanities
Nicole Homer is a New Jersey based writer and educator. Her work can be found in the American Academy of Poets Poem-a-day, Muzzle, The Offing, Winter Tangerine, Rattle, The Collagist and elsewhere. A fellow of both The Watering Hole and Callaloo, Nicole serves as an Editor and regular contributor at BlackNerdProblems, writing critique of media and pop culture, and as faculty at the Pink Door Writing Retreat for Women and Gender Non-conforming Writers of Color. Their full-length collection, Pecking Order (Write Bloody), was an Eric Hoffer Poetry Award winner and Paterson Poetry Prize finalist. They serve as an Associate Professor of English at Mercer County Community College. As the 2018 Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place, she lived in Robert Frost’s Franconia home, drank coffee, and worked on her next project, Fast Tail. Nicole Homer received a 2020 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.