Crystal Apple winner goes the extra mile

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Counselor Michelle Mills works with nearly 550 students at Gubser Elementary, making sure they all get what they need socially and emotionally. But she also stays in contact with children once they leave the school. When one student was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Mills came up with solutions to help him stay focused and on task both in the classroom but also at home. And when that student was accepted to a different school that could better meet his needs, Mills cleared her schedule to be there on his first day to help with the transition. “Andre has been at a different school for almost three years and she still checks in to see how he’s doing, the boy’s mother, Allison Davis, wrote in a letter nominating Mills for a Crystal Apple. “I can honestly say Miss Mills is the best thing to happen to Andre and me. She was his friend when he felt like he had none. Miss Mills was there for his best days and was there and helped on his worst days. I am truly thankful for everything she has done. She gave me hope when I needed it the most.” When a new student was having a tough time adjusting to Gubser and having behavioral problems, Mills would spend most of her day helping him cope with the...

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