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Speaker Series: Mr. Dan Miller, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

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Ariana Cruz,Kimberly Cazares and Janely Santos, Reporters

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Mr. Dan Miller, DSUSD Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services,  spoke to Diamondbacks  during lunch on Wednesday, November 15 as part of the DRA Speaker Series.  Mr. Miller grew up in the Coachella Valley with his  father, his mother and 9 siblings.   His father was a fireman and his mother did not work outside of the home.   He said his family struggled financially: “It was hard to make the money stretch out among everyone.  In those days, there were no support systems at the school, so there were times when there was no money for lunch and sometimes dinner.”

Mr. Miller graduated from Indio High School in 1973 after attending Jackson Elementary and Wilson Junior High. After high school, he worked for Vons Grocery Co. for  17 years.

Mr. Miller told a story about the time his friend challenged him to go to college. He accepted the challenge and attended college at College of Desert (COD) then later transferred to California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).  He received his Bachelor of Arts  in English and Liberal Studies. Over the years, Mr. Miller has been a DSUSD teacher, principal at Indio Middle School, Educational Services Director, and is now serving as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. “Who would have thought that a personal challenge during a game of pool to take a college class would have ultimately led to a degree and a future with Desert Sands,”  said Mr. Miller.

Mr. Miller and the staff in Educational Services oversee the curriculum, assessments, and teacher training. “When all of your teachers are gone for all day training, I oversee this. We also oversee all of the assessments, ” said Mr. Miller.

To find out more about Educational Services, visit their website at https://www.dsusd.us/Educational

 

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