Last updated on: 12/6/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Jake Miller, MEd Biography

Title:
Middle school teacher and columnist
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“I’m a teacher. I have tenure. This gives me staying power and job security. My job isn’t supposed to be political – it’s supposed to be about teaching student[s]. For that reason, tenure is something I feel that I need in my profession.

Why? As a social studies teacher, I need academic freedom. It’s my job to expose students to a variety of mindsets, viewpoints, and a litany of issues that seem to perturb both the far-left and far-right. I want to open minds, and sometimes I have to fight past closed ones – especially those of parents.”

“Why I Support Teacher Tenure,” theeducatorsroom.com (accessed Dec. 6, 2018)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Staff writer, Central Penn Parent Magazine, 2017-present
  • Columnist, The Educator’s Room, Dec. 2012-present
  • 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Cumberland Valley School District, 2008-present
  • Community Columnist, The Patriot-News, 2008-2012
  • Department Chair, Panther Valley School District, 2008
  • 9th-12th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Panther Valley School District, 2006-2008
Education:
  • MEd, Educational Leadership and Administration, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • BS, Secondary Education, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • BA, History, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2005
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @MrJakeMiller
  • Recipient, National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Teacher of Excellence award, 2017
  • Recipient, National History Day Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year award, 2016
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?