Dr. Emily Miller, assistant superintendent of special services, was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Missouri Council of Special Education Administrators Recognition Award. This award is given to honor significant individual contributions to the field of special education administration.
Dr. Miller has worked for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for 16 years and also has experience as a director of special education in the Harrisonville School District and as director of the Santa Ynez Valley Special Education Consortium in Buellton, Calif. She previously worked as a special-education process coordinator at Pleasant Lea Middle School, taught special education at Bernard Campbell Middle School and taught elementary students with special needs in Virginia. Dr. Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in history from George Mason University, her master’s in education and human development from George Washington University and her doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University.
The award was presented at the council’s awards banquet, held Sept. 24 in Osage Beach. Dr. Miller was praised for being a professional who demonstrates the highest standards in her commitment to ensure the school district meets the vast array of student needs in an effort to help children realize their potential.
In nomination forms, Dr. Miller was praised for her work in establishing a viable response to intervention process for identifying and addressing student needs within a district-wide multi-tiered system of support. She has shared educational structures, processes and the lessons learned from implementations with many others across the state. In addition, the state organization officials stated that Dr. Miller’s efforts are fully inline with the council’s initiative to “reinvent” special education as a part of a unified system of education which benefits all students, including those with special needs.