Leah Miller- CTE Co-Department Chair

  • I attended college at Indiana Wesleyan University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  I have worked in the Criminal Justice field for the majority of my professional career, either as a Juvenile Supervision Officer or a Juvenile Probation Officer. Transitioning to become a Criminal Justice teacher in 2017 was very exciting for me. I am truly passionate about this field and look forward to teaching each and every student that walks through my classroom door.  E-mail-millerl3@georgetownisd.org

    Phone: 512-943-5000 ext.8172

  • Welcome to the GISD Criminal Justice Program. Upon completion of this program, you will acquire all necessary knowledge and skills required to support your decision to pursue a career in law enforcement or other criminal justice professions in the real world. 

    Course Descriptions: 

    Principles of Law – This introductory course introduces students to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, and fire and emergency management services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire service, security, and corrections.

    Law Enforcement I- This course is an overview of the history, organization, and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcecment. This course includes the role of Constitutional Law, the United States Legal Systems, Criminal Law, law enforcement terminology, and the classsification and elements of crime. 

    Skills USA, Teen Court, GPD Police Explorers, and Criminal Justice Club: These programs will be introduced and will allow students to participate and obtain increase knowledge and skills. Further details will be provided as the programs are implemented throughout the year. 

    Standards: The standards are very high in this class. The topics of these courses require a certain level of maturity. Therefore, I expect that disciplinary issues won’t affect the student’s progress. However, if a student cannot or will not act in a mature and respectful manner, a district discipline plan will be put into effect. I would prefer to treat my students as young professionals, so please act accordingly. Everyone in this class is free to state their opinion in a professional manner without fear of ridicule or retribution. Remember – attack the subject matter not the individual. 

    Work Assignments: To receive full credit on any assignment it must be turned in by the end of the school day on the date that is due. Late assignments can be turned in for a reduced credit thereafter. If you are absent you need to get the assignment from the "Absent" crate by the end of the day after you return to school. 


    Cell Phones: Upon entering class, you will place your phone on airplane mode and place it in the cell phone holder in the back of the room. Cell phones will also be collected on test days. (PER SCHOOL POLICY). All cell phones will be returned after testing is completed unless further work needs to be conducted. Any violation of cell phone policy will result in the cell phone being collected and turned in to the Assistant Principal's Office.  Failure to adhere to this policy will result in your cell phone being given to administration for you to pick up at the end of the day.

    Class Procedures and Structure: On a daily basis students will be required to bring their notebook to class. Each class period will begin with discussions on previously taught information or discussion of current event involving law enforcement or criminal justice. During class discussions, videos, and course material will be presented. A variety of methods will be used to address the material. I believe that we learn best and remember more when the material is interesting and we have fun while learning. I realize not all situations can be fun, but I’ll do my best to make them that way. The more you participate, the more you will get out of the class. Material presented by guest speakers will not be tested, but may be used for the topic of a written assignment. Some issues discussed may make you feel uncomfortable. I urge you to inform me of any topics that may need to be addressed such as sensitivity regarding sexual assault, murder, or suicide. Arrangements can be made to provide alternate assignment.

    Grading: 70% Assessments (Test/Quiz/Projects) 

                   30% Class Participation/Class work/Homework

    Note: If you don’t receive a zero you should have no problems passing this course. I won’t be giving away any grades. GISD makes up policies and will be strictly enforced. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete make up assignments the next day they attend class. Success starts with you making a commitment for your future. 

    Resources: Text and materials approved by TEA, GISD, and TECLOSE will be utilized for this program. Additional resources will include multimedia (internet), and criminal justice professionals. 

    Seat Assignment: The instructor has a method of assigning seats to assure that all learning style needs are recognized. Seat assignments also assure effective teamwork for group projects. Students will find that in the real world they will have to endure work and seating assignments; it won’t hurt to get use to this concept. 

    Academic Dishonesty (Cheating): I consider academic honesty one of our highest values. Students are expected to be the sole authors of their work. Use of another’s ideas must be accompanied by specific citation and reference. Papers should include students own data, ideas, and reflective thoughts. Students that cheat on assignments or exams may result in office referral. 

    Written Assignments: Mastery of written communication is essential to succeed in Criminal Justice careers; therefore much writing will be expected in the classroom. If you follow directions you will do well, in addition students will be provided instructor and team support. Often the length is not as important as the substance. Your ability to follow directions, completeness of the assignment (spelling and punctuation), and the sufficiency of your argument will be the graded factors. 

    Materials Needed: Blue/Black Pen and Pencil, Notebook paper, 1 1/2" notebook binder with pockets

    Your Student will be responsible for providing the following school supply: _____________________

    In the classroom will be a 'Supplies' section. If you forgot something for the day, please help yourself to what you need for the class period. 


    A Day

    Period 1AB: 8:40am – 9:35am: CT Principles of Law Public Safety  

    Period 2A: 9:40am – 11:15am: CT Principles of Law Public Safety

    Period 3A: 11:20am – 1:30pm: CT Principles of Law Public Safety (Lunch during this period)

    Period 4A: 1:35pm – 3:00pm: Conference

    Period 5AB: 3:05pm – 3:55pm: CT Principles of Law Public Safety  


    B Day

    Period 1AB: 8:40am – 9:35am: CT Principles of Law Public Safety  

    Period 2B: 9:40am – 11:15am: CT Principles of Law Public Safety

    Period 3B: 11:20am – 1:35pm: Conference

    Period 4B: 1:40pm – 3:00pm: Court System

    Period 5AB: 3:05pm – 4:00 pm: CT Principles of Law Public Safety  


    Classroom Rules:

    • Be on time
    • Follow Directions
    • Electronic Device Use When Given Permission
    • Respect others
    • No bullying

    Consequences: I believe that we control and select our behavior or action. As such, if you choose to violate the rules, the consequences are outlined below. Your action will dictate my response. It is not personal -- it's professional. 

    • Eye Contact (the look)
    • Verbal Warning
    • Private Conference With Me
    • Detention In My Classroom
    • Call Home
    • Visit with Assistant-Principal and Parent

     *All infractions will be document and dated.