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Partners in Education: Ukulele playin' english teacher

Posted at 3:55 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 16:55:06-04

The beginning of the school year is the most nerve wrecking time of the year for students, but one language arts teacher at East Appleton High School is taking on a unique approach to kick off the school year.

English teacher Paul Miller said he picked up a ukulele seven years ago, before he began teaching at the high school.

"I couldn't think of a better way to start the school year, sure we're going to work hard, but we're going to have some fun too. school can be enjoyable," said Miller.

He said each year, it's a different response, "this year was really positive, people were singing along and clapping, and certainly exciting, but other years kids are wide eyed, I can't believe my teacher is singing up there, this is so weird."

Students said Miller is a great english teacher who goes above and beyond to help his students succeed, "I had him as a sophomore, and I really enjoyed it, he made it fun and enjoyable, learned a lot I'm pretty confident I learned the most in english from Paul as a teacher" said senior Gyzelle Rios.

"He makes english fun which I really enjoy because usually english is something that I think of as boring and stuff  but right out of the basket first day really fun, he really entertained us," said Ryan Schmidt, a senior.

"It's sort of a challenge, you know, I wonder what's gonna happen tomorrow, you never know something exciting could be happening in english class," said Miller.