It's said everything is bigger in Texas. One Irons Junior High School teacher is proving that by teaching beyond Texas history. She's teaching students how to take pride in the lone star state. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta show us how in this week's Teacher You Can Count on.
"Nobody ever told me but I just grew up knowing Texas is the best state," says Claudette Miller, Texas history teacher. From the Alamo to the Rio Grand, every day, Mrs. Miller's students are learning the history of Texas and much more. "I am trying to give the kids pride in their state," she explains. Mrs. Miller does that by sharing her own love for Texas.
"[I] give them exactly what these people did and sometimes it's good things, sometimes it's not so good things but there's still a lot about Texas to be proud about," says Mrs. Miller
"She just has so much energy that it makes you just want to learn more about that subject," says Sydney, student.
Mrs. Miller shares pictures, journal accounts and letters. She gives students a unique insight of the state. "I've traveled to a lot of these places in Texas where I shoot pictures and some of the are on the pictures on the bulletin board," she says. The history teacher hopes students will walk out of her classroom respecting and loving the state we call home. "I know that very few of them will be a history professor or a social studies teacher but to be a good citizen," she adds.