Man Who Taught for 78 Years Turns 101

Former teacher Paul Miller will turn 101 in October. Miller’s 78-year career began in Baltimore in 1934, when he taught elementary school kids during the day; college students at night; and his mother, a Jewish immigrant from Lithuania, on weekends.

 Paul Miller shares a joke with his grandson, Max. They play poker together, but as a numbers guy, Miller is hard to beat.  LA Johnson/NPR

Paul Miller shares a joke with his grandson, Max. They play poker together, but as a numbers guy, Miller is hard to beat. LA Johnson/NPR

Miller, who retired in 2014, was once the “oldest active accredited teacher” in the United States, wrote a college math textbook, and was the first Maryland teacher inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011. When asked whether he ever felt like leaving the profession, like so many teachers are doing these days, Miller said, "Any time you have a bad day you think of that. The next morning, it's all forgotten."

At Elevate Teachers, we love seeing educators like Paul Miller celebrated. We hope his story inspires people to show more respect and support to our hard-working, dedicated teachers!

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