Hello! My name is Alex Milnikel, and I'll be teaching 8th Grade Social Studies at Coloma Junior High this year! I'm beyond excited to be joining the Coloma Comets community, and can't wait to serve our students and their families to the best of my abilities.
I grew up in Berrien County and have called our beautiful corner of Michigan home for most of my life. I completed my B.A. in American Studies at Hillsdale College and my M.A. in Public History at Western Michigan University. I've always had a deep-seated passion for working with history in a professional capacity, and have worked with a variety of museums and historical nonprofit organizations in the past, including the Capitol Historical Society in Washington, D.C., Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear in Leelanau County, MI, and even got to have a fun stint as the Lighthouse Tours Manager at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph, MI.
In recent years, I found myself drawn to the education field. I've spent the past couple of years working extensively as a substitute teacher throughout Berrien County while completing my teaching certification. It's not an exaggeration to say I couldn't have gotten to this point without the support of many, many dear friends and family, most of all my amazing wife, Juli, our rambunctious 1-year old daughter, Adalyn, and our lovable golden retriever, Ace. Just as all of these people in my life and our community have supported me, I likewise am committed to serving and supporting our students by being the best teacher and mentor for them that I can be. While you're in my classroom, my hope is that we can all gain a wealth of knowledge and new appreciation for history and where we fit into it; have a fun-filled and invaluable experience learning and working with one another; and ultimately end the year committed to being lifelong learners and using what we've learned to serve our friends, families, and communities, wherever life may take us.