My name is Nicholas Miller and I will be serving as one of the assistant principals at Life School Oak Cliff Elementary during the 2016-2017 academic school year. I am originally from Mesquite, TX where I graduated from Mesquite High School in 2009. In the fall of that same year I began my collegiate career at Texas A&M University in College Station. Unfortunately, prior to going to college I had very little guidance from family or friends on what to expect from a post-secondary education. I decided to study Kinesiology in hopes of one day becoming a physical rehabilitation therapist but throughout my coursework became certified as a Physical Education teacher. It was in this experience that I was exposed to the amount of joy and energy derived from working with children. Shortly after serving as an intern for the Department of Education in Washington D.C., I was recruited by Teach for America, a national educator preparation program that places teachers in low socioeconomic communities. The program focuses on helping new teachers understand the educational inequalities that exist in our current social and political frameworks, and how they contribute to the opportunity gap. Although Dallas was not on my list of highly preferred placement cities, when I reflected on the opportunity to stay near family and give back to a community that had offered everything to me as a young man, I could not refuse. I was placed at the Oak Cliff campus during the 2014-2015 school year where I would go on to work two years as a fourth grade teacher. In the fall of 2015 I began my Master's in Education with a specialization in Special Education at Southern Methodist University. I completed the program in July of 2016. While I have only been in education for a short period of time, I realize that it is by far the most powerful tool a person can possess. And, as a result of that realization, I have a burning desire to ensure that students have the best experience possible; one in which they feel empowered and prepared to pursue anything they want in LIFE.