Doreen Miller graduated from UMass Amherst with a BA in German. She lived, studied, and worked in Freiburg i. Br., Germany from 1976 to 1982. During that time, she traveled to many countries in Europe. She received her MA in ESL from UMass Boston in 1989 and taught English in the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Haitian communities for several years. She has been teaching at CELOP, Boston University, since 1992. She taught the Semester Book class for many years, producing an impressive array of student-created books available for free on the CELOP website as pdf files. More recent editions are also available for purchase through Bookemon, the online publisher used to create the books. She believes in encouraging her students to stretch their minds and look more critically but also more inquisitively at life and perceived reality. Being successful in any endeavor requires an open mind and dedicated practice, a mantra she emphasizes with her students using the standard joke of someone lost who is looking to go to a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, man, practice.”
She is an accomplished pianist who has been volunteering her time for more than 25 years at two senior centers in Dorchester performing monthly sing-alongs. She is an avid gardener and takes pride in her large organic vegetable, herb, and flower garden, which won a neighborhood beautification award a few years ago from the City of Boston. She is an avid reader of books on alternative medicine and healing modalities, Eastern philosophies, and native wisdom. She keeps herself informed on the latest developments in politics, the environment, and health. She is a certified Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master, practicing Reiki healing on a daily basis on both herself and others.