Testimonials

Thank you so much for doing an excellent job in providing our son with the skills and information he needed to become a successful high school student. His grade point average clearly improved while working with you, enabling him to get accepted to many excellent colleges.
M. L., Parent
As an educational therapist, Kari Miller is at the top of her profession. She is able to combine abundant technical knowledge of learning differences and remedial techniques with real compassion for the individuals who work with her. This is what makes the magic happen. As a math specialist, Kari is the best and her profound mastery of the subject matter is without equal. At the same time, she has developed a range of strategies to assist even the youngest, most challenged students grasp the bas…
Susan Gonzales, Educational Therapist
I just wanted to let you know that Sue made the Honor Roll her first time ever! She got all A’s and B’s. Thank you so much for everything that you are doing for her. It is certainly paying off. She is so much more confident about her academics. It’s just wonderful to watch her take off.
T. W., Parent
Thank you so much for everything. I had a great time with you! School has long been a sore spot for me and I think I finally changed the tides!
D. H., Student
My daughter Jessica’s ADHD had caused her to have low self-esteem. Jessica improved her SAT scores and grades while she worked with you. More importantly, you helped Jessica believe in her life in an expanded way, and increased her self-confidence in her ability to achieve her goals. When Jessica was accepted at her number one choice for college she was thrilled! And thanks to her structural work with you, she has experienced major success there.
A. G., Parent
Working with Kari has allowed me to finally feel comfortable with my learning difference. Rather than dwelling on my weaknesses, together we discovered my personal strengths. What I learned from Kari extends beyond the classroom – in fact I will go so far as to classify the knowledge she shared with me as life lessons. Kari is one of the most kind, caring, and down to earth educators that I have ever come across. Without a doubt, the impact that Kari has left upon me is unlike that of any tuto…
H. L., Brentwood Student
Dr. Kari Miller is a dynamo! One just needs to step inside her office to see that she is a dedicated professional constantly striving for inventive ways to reach children. I am highly impressed by Kari’s credentials, experience, and her command of a variety of techniques and programs. But it is her warm and engaging demeanor that makes this all such a powerful package. Her “believe in success” message is very motivating in a time when academic pressure can be overwhelming to both children …
Deborah Studebaker, Licensed Brain Gym Instructor

Miller Educational Excellence is widely known and well respected for its highly effective approach to developing mathematical skills. Dr. Miller’s programs are uniquely successful because her methodology is highly effective in developing connections among the three essential elements of mathematical proficiency:  “street math” knowledge, conceptual understanding, and procedural skill.

Street math is the background knowledge a student develops from participating in the world.  For example, students begin to understand fractions by splitting a cookie in half with a friend.  From the knowledge that two groups of toys can be put together to form one new, larger group of toys, a student develops the understanding that allows them to comprehend equations such as 2 + 3 = 5.

As students grow and develop, their mathematical understandings increase in sophistication.  When these understandings are nurtured and developed, students can comprehend algebra and advanced mathematical topics such as geometry, trigonometry and calculus.

Dr. Miller’s approach uses concrete objects, clever stories and analogies, and step-by-step, thorough explanations. She makes students aware of the background knowledge they possess that gives meaning to the mathematical concepts they are learning.  By skillfully using the right manipulative for the concept and procedure to be learned, she systematically guides students in understanding the steps involved in complicated processes.  As students use these manipulatives, they are shown how to write down the steps “in math language.”  This insures a strong connection between the meaning of the concept and the procedure used for calculation.  When students understand procedures, they “get” mathematics and their grades increase.

Her programs are “holistic” because they empower a student to appreciate the value of mathematics, to believe in their ability to learn and achieve in mathematics, and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in mathematics courses.

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