Welcome to Mrs. Miyahara’s blog! Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Mrs. Miyahara:
I was born and raised here in Cobb County, and graduated from Sprayberry High School in 2012. In high school, I was very active in chorus, band (percussion and drumline), drama, and Tri-M Music Honors Society. I served as the vice president of the choral program during my sophomore year and president for my junior and senior years. I was also vice president of Tri-M my junior year and president senior year. Outside of the performing arts, I was active in National Honors Society, Academic Bowl, and Girl Scouts, working as a horseback riding instructor and horse trainer at one of their camps. I also volunteered at a hippotherapy (therapeutic horseback riding) program for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders.
If you could not tell by the jobs I held in high school, my greatest passion is horseback riding. I began riding when I was six years old and never looked back. Seeing my passion for the sport, my parents got me a horse for Christmas when I was 10, and I began competing. My horse, a 16.2hh sorrel quarter horse named Dream on Charlie, and I competed primarily in Hunter Jumper and timed jumpers, but we also dabbled in dressage, cross country, and some western style riding.
After high school, I went to Harvard University for my Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology. I continued to be active in the theatre scene, performing in productions such as Sweeney Todd and the opera Cinderella. I worked as a manager for Trademark Tours, giving tours, training tour guides, and writing scripts for tours of Harvard, MIT, and the Freedom Trail. I also worked in Harvard’s Nock Lab for suicide research. In Nock Lab, I gained valuable experience in my field working on several studies with suicidal adolescents where we measured implicit associations, startle responses, and ran fMRIs in an attempt to improve suicide prediction and prevention. I had always had a passion for psychology, but it was working with these adolescents that brought me specifically to special education. Now I cannot imagine doing anything else.
Upon completing my undergraduate program in May 2016, I moved right back home to try to make a difference in the lives of students in my community. I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Special Education to continue my development as a teacher and to gain new valuable techniques to help my students be successful and achieve their unique goals.