Minnie Moody Miller

Minnie Moody Miller
2001 Distinguished in Education

The training Minnie Miller received from East Tennessee State University has served her well during her distinguished career in education. After graduating from ETSU in 1964, Miller returned home to Johnson County. At the age of 21, she felt she was too young to teach English and Business in her hometown high school, so she began her teaching career at Holston High School in Washington County, Va. After eight years, she accepted a job in Johnson County. In addition to teaching, she has served as: Director of Curriculum; Adult Education Supervisor; Title I, II, and VI Director; Extended Contract Director; Supervisor of Instruction; Director of Budget and Finance; and Assistant Superintendent. Presently, Miller is the first woman to hold the top education position in her county - the Johnson County Director of Schools.In the 1980s, Miller was appointed by Governor Lamar Alexander and confirmed by the Tennessee Legislature to a three-year term on the State Certification Commission. She was selected by the Commissioner of Education as one of ten educators from Tennessee to serve on a national task force on rural education. She initiated the first GED classes in the local jail, brought the first GED test to Johnson County, started the first ceremony to recognize academic excellence in sixth, eighth, and twelfth grades in Johnson County, and in her spare time, she co-authored a book called Traditional Tennessee Music: Tom Ashley, Sam McGee and Bukka White. Miller is well known in the area for her knowledge of the folklore, history, and music of the Appalachian Mountains.

In the 1990s Miller claimed several honors including the 1997 Sequoyah Award for outstanding service in promoting adult literacy in Tennessee and the 1997 Tennessee Supervisor of the Year designation. While a supervisor, she was a member of the First District Supervisors Study Council and the State Supervisors Study Council, serving both groups as president. In 1998, she was chosen as the Tennessee Administrator of the Year. She is a trained facilitator and review team chair for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In her own school system, she developed the first family life program, wrote grants for the first Family Resource Center and the first School Age Child Care Program, and developed the financial plan for a $14 million facilities improvement program without a tax increase.

At present, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), the Volunteer Advisory Board of the Northeast Correctional Center, and the Board of Directors for the Johnson County Champion Community. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Positive Thinkers, the Johnson County Economic Development Planning Committee, and the First Baptist Church. She has also served as the co-chair for the Johnson County ETSU PRIDE campaign as well as the ETSU/Kellogg New Century Council member.

She is married to Bob Miller, the Technology Coordinator for Johnson County Schools. The couple resides in Mountain City.