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Ryan Miller welcomes first son to the family

Photo submitted by Ryan Miller
U.S. History teach Ryan Miller welcomes new son Eamonn on Dec. 11, 2023. Miller also steps in as new cross country coach this year.

As of this year, Ryan Miller, also known as Mr. Miller, added a new edition to his family, Eamonn Miller born Dec. 11, 2023. Miller and his wife welcomed baby Eamonn a few months ago, many were excited to see and meet the new pony and watch Miller become a great father.

“I think he’d be a great father. As you said, he is likable because he’s kind, he’s considerate, he’s passionate, he has empathy, all those good father skills,” Matt Kiedrowski, one of Miller’s closest colleagues said.

Kiedrowski was one of the first people to know about Miller’s child and he was beyond excited for his journey into fatherhood. Kiedrowski is a father himself and taught his kid in his classroom; having gone through what Miller will eventually go through, he is more than excited to help him wherever it is needed.

“I think that as a teacher, you have relationships with students, in the sense that you might be a big brother. And then maybe it changes to an uncle. But once your kids get old enough and you get old enough, and the age discrepancy is large enough, then you start to act more like a parent, and what a parent might say, and then eventually, it’s a grandfather kind of thing. So there’s kind of like phases based on how close you are to the dues that you are teaching. I think that he’ll slowly transition because of his own fatherhood experiences into more of a fatherly figure in the classroom,” Kiedrowski said.

I think he’d be a great father. Well, as you said, he is likable and so he’s likable because he’s kind, he’s considerate, he’s passionate, he has empathy, all those good father skills.

— Matt Kiedrowski

With having your first child comes a lot of new responsibilities and experiences.  While Miller is a teacher, many think he is more than prepared. He was out of school for a week helping his wife and baby and still leaves sometimes to give her a break from all those sleepless nights and hard days. With being out of school, he still has not forgotten about his students and athletes. Miller has done a wonderful job at still giving assignments and guiding students throughout this new journey.

“He’s still a good teacher. He’s always been,” junior Hannah Bell one of Millers’ students expressed .

Nervous would be an understatement for how Miller felt during this pregnancy.  He has had to alter his daily life around Eamonn. From a new schedule to a complicated Christmas, he and his wife worked hard to recover and take care of a newborn at the same time.

“I think time management has become even more important with a lot less scrolling on the phone and a lot more what does the baby need,” Miller said.

Eamonn is a blessing Miller has been waiting for.  This new experience will show him great things and make him an even better person, parent, and teacher. Many can not wait to see how he grows in all aspects of his life.

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    Aida BonnesonFeb 6, 2024 at 9:17 am

    this story is interesting because it was covered really well by the writer. the story was written well and was a god read, it explained everything going on and it was a heartwarming story.

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    Ian LunneborgFeb 6, 2024 at 8:16 am

    This article interested me because I have Mr. Miller for my U.S History class and when I heard about his son being born I was super excited. This article is a good window into the life of one of the best teachers at SAHS, my personal opinion of course, and an event that all can be excited about. The quotes fit the tone of the article very well with the excitement from staff and students as well as the natural nervousness from the new father himself.

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    Alison KeelerFeb 6, 2024 at 7:54 am

    This article grabbed my attention because it was something new that I did not know about. I did not know that Mr. Miller had a baby and was now a first time father. The cute photo along with the compelling quotes in the story help at diction and a purpose to the story. It connects the school community along with personal life and has a good balance.

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    Shea DenningFeb 6, 2024 at 7:49 am

    Very heartwarming story.