BHS English/Social Studies Teacher - Michael Milton
Mr. Milton has worked at BHS for the last two years as a permanent sub and we feel very fortunate to have added him as a fulltime staff member this year. He is certified in both English and History and is teaching courses in both departments this year.
Can you tell us a little about your background?
After graduating from Rhode Island College with a BA in Education, I returned to City Year, an AmeriCorps program working in public schools. At City Year I was responsible for training our AmeriCorps members, managing a team of twenty AmeriCorps members, and overseeing the overall relationships with the schools and other non-profits we worked with.
Why did you become a teacher?
While my mother says I was destined to be a teacher, it wasn’t until my gap year as an AmeriCorps member that I realized this was true. I was teaching an economics curriculum to elementary and middle school students when I received a series of thank you cards from my former students - one of them said, “Mr. Milton, you were a great teacher.” At this point I realized how much I enjoyed teaching and then went on to earn my degree in education.
What appealed to you about Burlington High School?
I really enjoy the sense of community that I get from working at Burlington High School. I have actually been here for the past few years as a building substitute and a long term substitute in both the Social Studies and English Departments. I have found my colleagues to be helpful and friendly - whether it is to bounce around ideas, to observe my teaching (and give feedback), or to lend me a projector. I have found the students to be motivated and inquisitive learners. I really feel lucky to be a part of BHS and also enjoy the rather short commute.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Here are two (I find both equally impressive):In Providence, I was the captain of a bocce team that earned back-to-back championships in a league on Federal Hill. It was literally epic and should probably be made into a movie.
One time, I got a hole-in-one on the 5th hole at a mini-golf course. I was actually aiming for the 4th hole at the time. Oddly, while I had the best shot of the game I did not win.