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New teacher feature – Meet Gregory Mills

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Mills is new to Edmond Santa Fe after years of working in the private sector.

Mills is new to Edmond Santa Fe after years of working in the private sector.

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Mills is new to Edmond Santa Fe after years of working in the private sector.

Kara George, Santa Fe Staff Writer

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Santa Fe has a multitude of teachers on staff and receives new teachers every year. One new teacher to the staff this year is Gregory Mills who teaches AP Environmental and Physical Science.

Mills was influenced to teach by the priest and nurse at his Catholic church Saint Eugene Catholic School in Oklahoma City. He uses a Howard Gardner multiple intelligences styles of teaching, which includes all three ways of learning: visual, audible and kinesthetic.

“I teach to mastery and if students do not get it, I find another way to get them to mastery,” Mills said. “I will take more time on a standard but if a student remembers it a week, a month, or even a year from now that’s a good thing.”

A lifelong scientist, Mills has a background in clinical anatomic pathology. Having a background in clinical anatomic pathology opens most of the science classes up for him to teach to go along with his alternative certification.

He found an interest in the AP Environmental course and decided to start teaching the class. Mills also likes the Physical Science courses since they require a certain amount of science classes.

Even other teachers he works with find his clinical experiences to be helpful in the classroom.

“I think having a background in clinical anatomic pathology gives him a better understanding of the mind, which helps him teach his students,” Hawkins said.

Mills has been teaching in Oklahoma for five years. He started his teaching career at Capitol Hill High School teaching biology, as well as helping students prepare for the End of Instruction Exam. Mills wants to turn the amount of energy we have at Santa Fe into learning.

“I like the spirit and energy [at SF] and how you turn that energy into learning is the million dollar question,” Mills said.

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