7 Questions with Kimberly Miller
Name: Kimberly Miller, M.Ed.
Current title: Psychometrist & 504 District Coordinator
Current organisation: Hattiesburg Public School District
Hello! My name is Kimberly Miller and I’m from Hattiesburg, MS. I am the proud mother of two beautiful children, Victoria Reagan (22) and Braxton Reid (17). I’m also the dog mommy to Deuce (1). I attended the University of Southern MS where I revived a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, K-12 Mathematics and K-12 Remedial Reading. After ten years of educating Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, gifted, day treatment, transitional, Geometry and 3rd grade Science students in Hattiesburg Public School District, I decided to return to William Carey University where I obtained a Master’s degree in Special Education: Mild & Moderate Disabilities. I also obtained an add-on degree in Psychometrics. I was blessed to obtain a position of Academic Coach/MTSS Coordinator at Thames Elementary in HPSD in Hattiesburg, MS. After leading and coaching educators for three years, I applied for a Psychometrist position at our district office and was blessed to receive the position. I have currently been their Psychometrist & 504 Coordinator for eight years. I absolutely love educating children, educators and my colleagues. I’m very passionate about education and I’ll forever be a learner myself. I truly believe that an educator is the most influential role-models for our children and I’m very passionate about making sure that ALL children learn and that we educate the whole child.
1. What have you found most challenging as a Christian school leader?
I find it very challenging to refrain from prayer with my students and colleagues. I remember as a student myself starting our day with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember how everyday started out on a positive note.
2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Before my feet got to the floor, I prayed asking God to prepare my heart and mind for the day. I also read my daily devotional. My days are hectic but prayer is a pivotal part of my daily routine. I end my days the same way as I start my days.
3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
I would say that the biggest lesson that I have learned this year is the power of being patient.
4. What's one book apart from the Bible that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
I would say that my devotional book called, My Quiet Time devotional, is a book that I use daily that reminds me to be humble, patient and God-centered.
5. How do you find and keep great Christian teachers?
I have found that supporting and praying for our educators has helped our district to retain some great, Christian educators. The most important piece to this is forming and sustaining relationships with them.
6. What's most important as a Christian school leader for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?
I believe that once again forming and sustaining relationships with educators and students is the best way to have a safe, healthy and caring culture.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a Christian school leader so far?
The one story that comes to mind is a family that I have grown to love and adore. This family adopted a beautiful, baby girl from China. I will call the child, Julie. Julie spent 14 years in an orphanage in China. When she enrolled in our district, she was in need of therapy and interventions. I was responsible for securing her daily routine and therapy. I taught her to read, social skills, provided therapy and put interventions in place to get her on track. She is now working at our local hospital and is a beautiful, young lady. I’ve prayed for her and her family throughout her time with us. Now her family is my family and she impacted my life more than she will ever know.