Getting To Know Lakota’s New Superintendent Matt Miller
Meet Lakota’s new superintendent: Matt Miller. A Cincinnati native who graduated from St. Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati, Miller offers a well-developed line of experience. He served five years as a teacher in Oak Hills Local School District before moving to central Ohio and spending 13 years with Celina City Schools—five years as principal, one year as director of student services and instruction and seven years as superintendent. He most recently held a five-year tenure as superintendent of Mentor Public Schools, located east of Cleveland. Now, his new role at Lakota brings him full circle and back to his hometown.
What inspired you to begin a career in education?
When I was in seventh grade I had a teacher named Mr. Carol who was the template for what I wanted to do for kids. Teaching was a natural progression. My first paying job in education was as an aide to a student with autism. I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of different things. It’s cool to have one-on-one time with students. Being in this seat, it’s something that I miss, but I still do it as much as I can.
What attracted you to Lakota?
Lakota’s reputation in Ohio is very positive. I see the [large] size of the district as an advantage because it just means there are a lot of opportunities for the kids. We are doing a lot of great things, but I think there’s an opportunity to keep moving forward. There’s work to be done in conjunction with teachers, staff and the community; it’s not just me, it’s a group effort. I know I probably have at least a good 15 years left in education and there would be nothing better than finishing it up here.
What do you hope to achieve?
The first six to eight months are going to be a lot of me asking questions. I’m not going to come in and make a bunch of quick changes. I want to learn more about the community and what our kids are involved with. I’m hoping that in time we can start making strides to give kids even more opportunities to prepare for life after graduation. Digital curriculum and technology are fast-paced in our industry, so there’s always progress we can be making there. I want to have conversations with our kids, because that’s an important piece. I want to hear what the kids have to say and what they think about their experience. I want people to know that I want to listen. I want to build relationships and in the initial phase I may be out front more, but I really want the focus to be on what the students and teachers are doing.
Superintendent Miller is also making strides in integrating social media and education. To learn more about him and to keep up with all of the progress at Lakota, follow him on Twitter at @LakotaSuper and on Facebook at Facebook.com/LakotaSuper.