Nominated by fellow Science Teacher, Joe Godfrey :
I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Mylet for the past thirteen years. During that time period he has found numerous activities that engage students and staff alike in the pursuit of scientific inquiry. The most incredible experience was three years ago where we went to Houston Texas to conduct student experiments with thermal conductivity in zero gravity aboard Nasa's "vomit comet". Thanks to Mr. Mylet, our school has also had the opportunity to design and build underwater rovers and balloons that carry a camera and experiments to over 100,000 feet into the atmosphere. Two teachers were also encouraged to attend a summer workshop in nanotechnology that resulted in the ability to bring a scanning electron microscope into the classroom for student use. Mr. Mylet has also served as a mentor for numerous student activities including science clubs, regional science fairs, and science bowls. He has also served as a mentor to fellow educators presenting at regional and national science conventions as well as leading a team of colleagues to win OMSI's DaVinci challenge grand prize. On a personal level, Mr. Mylet served as my mentor teacher while I was student- teaching as well as becoming "on-line certified" to perform my wedding ceremony. I am very grateful to have met Greg Mylet and appreciate that I get to work in such an incredible science department every day!
Congratulations Greg, from all of us at K103!
What inspired you to become an educator?
I have always loved exploring the natural world and asking questions about it. I wanted to share my excitement of exploration with others. Middle school students are so open to learning and new experiences we make a great match for each other.
What do you like most about teaching?
I like seeing my students design solutions to problems with their classmates. Working together to overcome setbacks and and reach their own conclusions warms my soul as a teacher. Being part of a classroom with students engaged in the work of science is exciting.
What has changed the most since you began your career in education?
The increased focus on standards based instruction and state/national testing. The clarity and vision provided by clear standards has been a challenging but welcome change.
What would you like parents to know about your job?
Teachers are working to provide the best educational experience possible for your children. Many of us have children ourselves and consider our work with our students to be an extension of the relationships we have with our own sons and daughters. I often think, "How would I want my son to learn about this topic?" while designing my lessons. We care a great deal about the kids we work with.
Share a favorite story about your years in education.
Several years ago, I had a student from Korea who had arrived about 3 days before coming to my classroom as a 7th grader. I could see he was very nervous and had no idea what a day in American middle school might involve. I had learned 3 or 4 Korean words several years earlier, "Hello", "Thank you" and so on. So I said, "Hello" to him in Korean and helped him through the first couple of days, mostly with smiles and humor. By the time he left our middle school he learned English so well, he gave the end of the year speech to the 8th graders. He mentioned in his speech how my humor and extra attention helped him in a difficult time. He also stated that the many Korean greetings that I offered him we not "Hello", but "Thank you"...well sometimes its the thought that counts.