By Elizabeth Clavin
This year, our school welcomed Mrs. Tina Miller with open arms as the new principal for the 2019-2020 school year. As she goes into her tenth year as principal, she is beyond excited for this school year and all that it entails. After working as the principal at James L. Day Middle School for seven years and Bella Vista Middle School for two, she is eager to utilize her experiences and make a positive impact on campus.
Miller has been in education for twenty-one years, with ten of those being a part of the administration teams of various schools. Before she took on the position of Principal, she worked as an Assistant Principal for four years and a teacher for seven years. Overall, she has worked at Temecula Valley High School (TVHS), Day Middle School (DMS), Bella Vista Middle School (BVMS), and Margarita Middle School (MMS), in addition to working at a middle school in Menifee. Her love for the education field is apparent through her hard work and dedication to this department. When Miller knew she wanted to pursue teaching as a career, she started her studies at Palomar College in order to obtain her Associate’s degree. After doing so, she went to Cal State San Marcos and acquired not only her Bachelor’s degree, but also her teaching credential. Lastly, she went to Cal State San Bernardino for her Master’s degree and Administration Credential. Shortly after, she started teaching in 1998 and has been successful ever since. Miller stated, “I love my job. It’s always exciting and different; I get to work with so many people, kids and adults. I feel like I’m always learning. Sometimes, people think only the kids learn, but I think it keeps me fresh and learning as well. Overall, I just really love learning and being around people”. She is genuinely passionate about her profession and beyond excited for this school year and many more to come.
Miller stated, “As principal, there is no typical day for us. We’re always doing something different.” The principal is the face of the school. They have very packed days, which mostly consist of meetings, planning out the week, and unplanned occurrences along with their packed calendars. They create a positive school culture, cultivate leadership, and develop a standardized curriculum which benefits the students. Miller strives to learn about the culture and traditions of our campus, and create positive improvements when necessary. In fact, she has taken the time to meet with every staff member and hear about their experience here on campus. She stated that she got so much positive feedback that it outweighed the negative, and she feels beyond welcomed and has received so much love already.
Students around campus are excited about our new principal as well. Senior Giovanni Novelo stated, “Mrs. Miller, this year’s principal, is a nice and polite lady. I had the pleasure of meeting her before school started and I know she will be great for our school. She seems very hard working and understanding of all the wonderful things our school has to offer. I hope she comes out with great new implementations that we can have at our school. Also, I hope she likes all the staff members and students and just feels welcome here.” Miller’s efforts in trying to meet everyone, whether it be staff or students, have clearly made an impact on many already. All around campus, there is only positive talk about the new principal, and the school is more than excited to have her as a new edition to campus.
Miller is looking forward to everything yet to come this year. She understands that being Principal at a high school will be an adjustment, and she is ecstatic about this school year. Her plans for the upcoming year will bring nothing but positive improvements to our campus, and she hopes to make stronger connections with everyone, along with adapting all of the traditions of the school and understanding the culture.