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Abilene High School government teacher wins best in Texas

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 29 2013 09:29:48 PM CST
ABILENE, TX -

Abilene High School Government Professor Jenny Miller was chosen "National Citizenship Education Teacher" in Texas by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

This is the second straight year, an Abilene ISD government teacher has been selected.

For almost three decades, teaching government to high school students has been Miller's passion.

"It's an honor and its a very humbling experience," said Miller.

The VFW chose Miller as one of Texas' top teachers because the civic responsibility and outstanding patriotism she displays. She appreciates the award, but said the real joy comes from teaching her kids.

"I want them to come out of this class knowing the importance of democracy and freedom and how to value it, how to respect it and how to be apart," said Miller.

Her students seem to understand.

"I mean government runs our country and understanding that better helps us decide what we're going to choose and how our country's going to end up in our future," said Senior student Raymond Saucedo.

Miller said she couldn't have got to this point in her career alone.

"I have amazing people that surround me, that support me and have enabled me to reach this far," said Miller.

One of the teacher's Miller coaches said she's deserving of this honor.

"For much of her career she was a single mom and so that was a big struggle to balance her home life and then also her responsibilities at school," said Economics teacher Sarah Fambrough. "She's just a wonderful woman and role model to me."

Miller will officially receive her award during the VFW state convention in Austin on Saturday.