Dr. Kathleen Miller, Principal

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Dr. Kathleen Miller was positive that she wanted to be a teacher after participating in a careers unit in eighth grade. She graduated from Elgin High School and attended Northern Illinois University for her Elementary Education degree. Upon graduation Dr. Miller met her husband, Don, and they married the following year. She taught for seven years in the Elgin Public Schools prior to giving birth to their first daughter, Meredith, and then became a stay-at-home mother. She had a second daughter, Valerie, and during the six years she was at home, she took evening classes at Northern to earn her Masters degree in Special Education.

Dr. Miller taught for 20 years at Channing Elementary School in all grades first through sixth and special education, before attending Aurora University to obtain her Administrative Certification and becoming Assistant Principal at Prairieview Elementary School in Bartlett for one year. The following year she was principal at Willard Elementary School in South Elgin for six years and then had the privilege of opening Otter Creek Elementary School in Elgin.

Dr. Miller has always enjoyed being a student, as well as a teacher, so it wasn’t surprising that she decided to return to Loyola University to earn her doctorate. Upon earning her doctorate, Dr. Miller had the opportunity to teach undergraduate and graduate classes as the Dean of the School of Eduction at Judson University for eight years.

Dr. Miller’s constant need to grow in the field of education brought her to St. James where she has been working for the past four years. She feels it is a blessing to finally be able to integrate her faith on a daily basis with others who share her Catholic Identity. Dr. Miller belongs to St. Catherine of Siena in West Dundee, sings in the church choir, and serves as an extraordinary minister.