About Me

Version 2I’ve been a middle school teacher in King City, California for the past 23 years with experience teaching grades 6-8 in every content area. I hold both multiple and single subject credentials and my interests include astronomy, anthropology, and world history. I was awarded an MA in Educational Technology and I love to dive deep into instructional design.

I’ve been recognized as Teacher of the Year for Monterey County and been honored as a finalist for California State Teacher of the Year. In addition to being a CUE Lead Learner and Minecraft Global Mentor and Trainer, I am a  Google Innovator and co-author of the Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids by Quarry Books and contributing author of Minecraft in the Classroom by Peachpit Press.  I  spend my free time rock climbing and travelling the world with my wife Audrey.

You can contact me via Twitter or through this blog

Background Experience and Professional Development Activities:

Colleges and Universities attended

2009 -11 MA Educational Technology and Instructional Design, San Diego State University

1992 -1994 Teaching Credentials, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

  • Multiple Subjects
  • Single Subject History-Social Science
  • Single Subject Supplemental Physical Science

1986-1989 Graduate Program Physical Anthropology, San Diego State University

1981-1985 BA Anthropology, San Diego State University

Employment history, King City Union School District, King City, Ca.

San Lorenzo Middle School/Chalone Peaks Middle School

  • 2013 – present 7th grade World History
  • 2010 – 2013 6th Grade ELA, History and 7th grade Science and Mathematics
  • 2002 – 2010 8th grade U.S. History and 8th Grade Science
  • 1994 – 2002 8th grade Science and 8th grade Mathematics

Professional association memberships

  • California Teacher’s Association 1994 – present
  • CUE (formerly Computer-Using Educators) 1998 – present
  • San Luis Obispo CUE, Board President 2013 – present
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2012 – present
  • GameTrain Learning Board of Directors, 2015 – present

Professional development leadership activities

  • EdTech Connects organizer, Arroyo Grande, CA., November 2017
  • Minecon Panel Discussion, Building Blocks of Literacy, September, 2016
  • CUE LDI Leadership Conference, July, 2016
  • Speaker, Casual Connect Developers Conference, San Francisco, July, 2016
  • ISTE Minecraft panel discussion leader, June, 2016
  • Make Monterey Maker’s Faire featured presenter, Salinas, May, 2016
  • Guest Speaker, Western Washington University, May, 2016
  • Technology Innovation Camp organizer and presenter, Templeton, April, 2016
  • CUE Rock Star STEAM Camp speaker, Orcutt, April, 2016
  • KCUSD Tech CEM EdCamp organizer, April, 2016
  • CUE National Conference Minecraft Playground organizer, March 2016
  • CUE National Conference Immersed in Minecraft presentation, March 2016
  • CUE National Conference Minecraft panel discussion leader, March 2016
  • CUE National Conference Game-based Learning and Literacy presentation, March 2016
  • GAFE Camp C3 organizer and presenter, San Luis Obispo, February, 2016
  • CETPA Conference presentation, San Diego, December 2015
  • KCUSD Tech CEM presenter, December, 2015
  • EdCamp SLO organizer, November, 2015
  • Fall CUE Conference presenter, October, 2015
  • EdTech Connects organizer and presenter, Arroyo Grande, October, 2015
  • Google Connects Conference keynote speaker, Paso Robles, September, 2015
  • Google Summit presenter, Glendale, July, 2015
  • MinecraftEdu Camp for Teachers and Students, San Jose, June, 2015
  • EdCamp Santa Maria participant, May, 2015
  • PEWTER meets CUE co-organizer, Cal Poly SLO, May, 2015
  • Teacher Gaming Tour stop organizer, King City, May 2015
  • Common Core + EdTech conference presenter, San Jose, April, 2015
  • CUE National Conference presenter (x3), March 2015
  • GAFE Summit presenter, Templeton, March, 2015
  • California League of Schools Conference presenter, January, 2015
  • Various conference presentations around the state, 2002 – 2015

Awards and other recognition


  1. John, I forgot to mention today when we spoke at the CUE reception that I am presenting at CUE on Saturday at 8:30 AM in the San Juanito Room. I will be showing bits of my students PJs in Minecraft, among other PJs. You are welcome to join me if you can.

  2. Thank you so much for 2 amazing classes at CUE! I was in your Minecraft 101 academy and in your Minecraft lessons for every class. I learned a tremendous amount!

  3. Hello,

    I’m considering using Minecraftedu for my Business Law HS class. Has anyone used it for this kind of class? We study the foundations of the legal system, contracts, rights and responsibilities of consumers, criminal law, tort law, family/domestic law, types of business organizations, preparing for business law careers, etc. I’m not sure if Minecraft would lend itself to learning any of these topics?



  4. Dear Mr. John Miller,

    I work for a magazine called Teacher Plus that is targeted at School Teachers across India. This is a monthly and is independently published from Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The magazine carries articles on classroom teaching and learning.

    This Summer, in June to be exact, we are bringing out a special issue on Computer Science.
    I am approaching you with a request to contribute an article for this Special issue especially on Minecraft and how it can help schools, teachers and learning.

    I would like a 2000 word article and it would be great if you can give in the article by the end of march — say around march 25th.

    I do not have a twitter account and hence am writing to you through your blog.

    Please do take the time to read this and give me a response.

    I shall be delighted if you respond positively and contribute the article.

    Waiting to hear from you.

    • Hello Nirmala,
      Thank you for reaching out and connecting. I am flattered by your request, but this is the busiest time of the year for me, so I must decline. Please feel free to connect again if I can help you in the future.

      – John

  5. Hello Mr.Miller, it’s me David Tran I used to be in your class. now I’m about to go into 9th grade is there any way for me to contact you?

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