New Paltz Middle School Hires Jessica Miller As New Assistant Principal
New Paltz- New Paltz Central School District (NPCSD) has appointed Jessica Miller as the new Assistant Principal of New Paltz Middle School (NPMS). Miller is joining the NPCSD from the Hyde Park Central School District where she has worked as an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher at the secondary level for seven years. Miller is set to begin working in the District in October.
Miller received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Mercy College. She later completed an Educational Administration degree at SUNY New Paltz.
Miller explained that she wants to inspire students and staff to be successful through superior communication and collaboration, adding that she had a special High School teacher who evoked the passion within her to learn language and travel. “I want to inspire students the way she inspired me, which was through building relationships.” Miller said that she has learned throughout her career that building and fostering relationships with students, staff, and the community is an important key to success.
Miller comes to the NPCSD feeling connected to the District’s Equity Initiative and wants to impact change with a goal of fostering an environment of equality and a growth mindset for all. She explained that her professional mantra is “equal is not always equitable.” She believes that by embracing equity, people are then given value. “We are celebrating being different and the beauty that exists in being different,” she said. “Inclusivity creates stronger, more efficient, and fair environments, which in turn breeds success.”
Miller is married and has two daughters, Addelyn and Kenley. “I cannot live without my family and learning,” she said. She enjoys traveling when not working, and enjoys language and travel so much that she once lived in Guadalajara, Mexico so she could have a firm grasp of the Spanish language.
“We have students and families in our school who are in need of Miller’s passion for language and relationship building,” said NPMS Principal Ann Sheldon. “I am looking forward to seeing her connect and inspire students to discover new interests in learning more about new languages, new lands, and relationships with new friends.”