I believe that the art of educating is crucial because education is the strong foundation on which this nation was built, and it is the fabric that will continue to hold this nation together”. This guiding principle for me is key to creating a world of equity for all. Students need support during the learning process and it is critical that the support provided is varied and appropriate to learning styles, strengths, needs, and interests of the students. Excellence by Design Education Center (EDEC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization is committed to closing achievement gaps of disadvantaged and underserved youth. Learning differs across tasks, development, and among individual youth.
Through collaboration with schools and community organizations it is our goal to provide extended educational and social development programs that provide educational equity to youths in the Dallas metropolitan area that promote (1) a holistic approach to academics, (2) social and character development, (3) college and career readiness, (4) life skills and (5) leadership development. Our focus is on creating customized programs that addresses the individual needs of youths in soft-served communities.
My guiding principles are to provide youth with needed academics, social and leadership skills required to meet their fullest potential. My 21 years of educational experience has prepared me to develop productive student-focused environments that maximize the learning experiences for children and youth in both regular and alternative education settings. In partnership with families and the community, I seek to help young people become productive and contributing members of society and lifelong learners. I value:
My goal is to ensure that youth continue to learn, grow, excel, and advance towards their full potential. It is our responsibility to ensure that both communities of learners and physical communities continue to grow and glow together. This growing and glowing will ensure a better world for youth and communities in the present, and preserve the legacy given to us by our ancestors that everyone has access to a quality life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for future generations. Investing in youth allows us to help shape mind, mold dreams and build bridge to self-sufficiency in a world where there is not just equal opportunity, but equity for all.
In addition, EDEC’s executive team has transformed classrooms, empowered teachers, and captivated students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, service-learning content to schools, community colleges, out-of-school youth programs, and pre-and post-adjudicated youth in the juvenile system. EDEC’s Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of professional that brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in education, finance, career and college readiness and job training and placement.
My educational background includes a Masters in Educational Administration from Texas
A& M University - Commerce, Texas; Bachelors of Science in Public Administration from University of Texas at Dallas. I am a certified K-12 principal and hold a English Language Arts and Reading teacher certification, grades 4-8. I am currently a candidate to receive a Doctors of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A & M University, commerce.
My experience include a 27 year career in education at both the secondary and post-secondary, levels as a professor, teacher and principal.
I am a member of the Phi Delta Kappa International, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Association of Curriculum and Development (ASCD), Texas Tribune, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASP), DFW Self Publishing Group, Order of the Easter Star Bright Light Chapter and Friendship-West Baptist Church.
At EDEC, we believe in the "Whole Village Approach" because the "Whole Village Approach" allows us to not only develop students academically, but to develop the "Whole Child". We look forward to shaping minds, molding dreams and building bridges to self-sufficiency.
Mary Miller, CEO
Excellence by Design Education Center
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