#Teacher Feature

  • Dana Miller of the WGHS Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center
    Our rst teacher feature of 2020 is Dana Miller. Ms. Miller is an alum of Webster Groves High School class of 2004 and she has worked in the Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center for six years as an adviser. The Chelsea Center provides students individualized learning opportunities so they can dive into an area that they are passionate about. The center helps students nd internships, job shadowing, career exploration, service learning and travel-based learning.

    Ms. Miller says her favorite part of working in the Chelsea Center is talking to students and learning what they are truly interested in, then nding a match for them. She also loves seeing how her students grow throughout their experiences at the Chelsea Center.

    She loves Webster because she loves education here. She says that the relationships she built with her teachers while at the High School motivated her to choose a “helping career.” She didn’t hesitate when asked what her favorite time of the year is at the High School. She loves Turkey Day! She enjoys seeing the school and community come together to support our friendly rivalry with Kirkwood. During the Thanksgiving season here at WGHS, it doesn’t matter who you are, we are all one supporting a common goal.
    Photo and story by Ainsley McDermott

    Michael Melanson, Givens School
    Michael Melanson, fifth grade teacher at Givens School, has been working in the Webster Groves School District for 20 years. He started out as an aid and permanent substitute teacher at Edgar Road before being hired at Givens as a 5th grade teacher. His favorite part about Webster is the community. He said that he loves how tight-knit the community is and how many of his students’ parents also attended schools within the district or grew up in here.

    He said that the most rewarding part of his job is when former Givens students come back to visit and he gets to learn about all that they have accomplished. Lastly, when asked how he would describe Webster in one word he answered, “progressive.”
    Photo and story by Ainsley McDermott