Academic Departments

Elyssa Miller

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Office: Maple Terrace Mods (Office #3)

Tel: 617-243-2261

Email: ElMiller@lasell.edu


Department:
Mathematics and Science

Degrees:

  • B.S. Mathematics Education, Boston University, 1996
  • M.M.E. Mathematics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2003
  • Pursuing Ed.D. in Mathematics Education, Boston University (A.B.D.)

Biography:

K-12 Experience 1996-2015:
Mathematics teacher and department coordinator at Marlborough High School in Marlborough, MA. Courses taught: Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus AB and BC. I also developed and taught a 2-year sequence of Sheltered-English Algebra and Geometry for newly immigrant students.  

2011-2015: Math for America Boston Master Teacher Fellow  

2000-2001: Mathematics Teacher at Escola Americana de Campinas in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  

College Teaching Experience: 2015-2016:
Adjunct Professor (Mathematics) at Assumption College
2015-2017: Adjunct Professor (Mathematics Education) at Boston University 

Publications:

Miller, E. R., Dietiker, L., Ryan, L., Brakoniecki, A., & Richman, A. S. (2016). Mathematics lessons as stories: A reason to do the math. Proceedings of the annual meeting of the North American chapter of the international group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA). Tucson, AZ.  

Dietiker, L., Brakoniecki, A., Miller, E. R., & Richman, A. S. (2016). Enacted task design: Tasks as written in the classroom. In 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME). Hamburg, Germany.  

Richman, A. S., Miller, E. R., Brakoniecki, A., & Dietiker, L. (2016). Opportunities created by misdirection in mathematics lessons. Proceedings of the annual meeting of the North American chapter of the international group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA). Tucson, AZ.  

Dietiker, L., Richman, A., Brakoniecki, A., & Miller, E. R. (2016). Woo! Aesthetic variations of the "same" lesson. the Proceedings of the annual meeting of the North American chapter of the international group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA). Tucson, AZ.    

 Courses:

  • MATH 106: Algebraic Operations
  • MATH 320: Differential Equations

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I'm originally from a small suburb north of Chicago but fell in love with New England as an undergrad at BU. I have a husband, 4 kids, and a dog so my life is not boring.  I love to sing, read, and hike when I'm not teaching. 

What is important for your students to take away from your classes? I want them to understand the difference between difficult and impossible.  As a math teacher, I see my primary job as convincing students they are capable of much more than they think. Problems that take longer than a minute or two to solve are still worthy of your time, and much more gratifying.   I also believe that the single greatest factor in the success of a student of any age is the relationship they have with the teacher.  In this age of so much focus on assessment and data, it is important to remember that education is still a deeply human endeavor.  

How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students? I have been a math teacher since I was 21-years-old. Every experience I have had in my classroom shapes the teacher that I am.