My name is Rikki McMillan and I currently work for Savannah Chatham County Public School System at Rice Creek School as a 3rd grade SPED Paraprofessional at Rice Creek School. In this position, I modify and provide accommodations for students that partake in special educational services. I also work with the students in 21st Century. I lead in Girl Scout activities, Character Education, and Crazy 8 Math Club. I have grown in my role by embracing all opportunities and challenges to the fullest and by working hard to engage all learners. Since all students learn in multiple ways, I focus on the learner’s traits to maximize their learning potential. It is an honor for me to work with these students. I have learned more from them than what I could have taught them. I am honored to have this interaction with the students that I come in contact with on a daily basis. I have learned that students are always learning even when I think they are not. Some days will be harder than others but knowing I am influencing them for the rest of their lives is very rewarding to me. The key for me is to be a positive impact on every child every day. I believe that through my failures, I am able to help them overcome their struggles, fears, and failures. Not only to I work with students but I am chair of the hospitality committee.
I was born and raised in Milledgeville, GA. I graduated from Baldwin High School. I received my bachelors of arts in communication and political science in 2001 from Georgia College. When I first started college I wanted to work in the nonprofit sector as an attorney. God had other plans when he pointed me in the direction of substitute teaching during the day, since my major classes were at night. After graduating, I was offered a position to teach high school English at Washington County High School under the guidance of Ms. Linda Cowan. I, however; had to stop in December of that year due to my unsuccessful attempts at passing the Praxis. I started marketing malls around the country and moved to Savannah in 2009 when I meet my husband. I started working for the Girl Scouts of Historic Savannah where I lead both girls and adults through the Girl Scout experience. I had an opportunity to work with more adults through the United Way of the Coastal Empire. Through that experience, I learned that I missed working with children. With me realizing my love of working with children, I started the Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) program through University of Phoenix (UOP) online. I also started teaching prekindergarten at I’ll Be Your Best Friend Academy in Rincon, Georgia. While doing that, I passed basic GACE and started the process of becoming fully certified. After completing a year online, I learned that UOP is not accredited in Georgia and therefore needed to change programs. Over the summer, I applied and got accepted in the MAT program at Armstrong State University. In February, I passed GACE General Education for Early Education. My dream is to become a third grade teacher at Rice Creek School.
In my personal life, I am a wife and mother to one amazing son. My husband works as a planner at JCB and my son attends Rincon Elementary. We reside in Rincon, Georgia. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, and cooking. I am currently the marketing manager for Sweet Southern Sass in both Savannah and Oglethorpe Malls.
My favorite place to regroup and get energized is the beach.