Jenelle S. Miller, Ed.D.
Dr. Jenelle Miller, Director of Accelerated Academics, Inc. and Gifted Consultant, is a leader, consultant, and advocate in the field of gifted and talented education with an innovative approach to serving the challenges of high-ability learners who have unique gifts and talents. Dr. Miller received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Classical Ballet, her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and her Doctor of Education degree in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. She has been a certified teacher of gifted students in both California and Iowa for more than 20 years. Dr. Miller provides consultant services to school districts in the San Diego and Imperial Valley areas that are improving or redesigning their gifted education programs. She also provides training sessions for teachers and parents of gifted children. In addition to teaching, consulting, and advocating for gifted children, Dr. Miller is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center in Gifted Education and Talent Development, a part of the College of Education at the University of Iowa, where she provides online professional development instruction for teachers pursuing their talented and gifted endorsement certification.
Dr. Miller is a former member of the Board of Directors of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) and served for two years as the Parent Representative for the Palomar Region which covers much of Imperial and San Diego Counties. In addition, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (ITAG) for 6 years. She has been a member of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) for many years and has maintained cutting-edge knowledge regarding gifted education by attending annual conferences and networking with other specialists and colleagues.
Dr. Miller has had experience coaching a number of enrichment programs from summer gifted camps to extended learning experiences within the school day. Furthermore, in 2008, she was nominated for the Iowa Women of Innovation Award, presented by the Technology Association of Iowa, in the Academic Innovation and Leadership award category for her work with students in robotics and inventions. Over a six-year period, she was the head coach for several teams of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics students, two of which won first-place victories at FLL Tournaments held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Furthermore, two of her students won substantial scholarships (the first-place awards) at the annual Invention Convention held at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
One of Dr. Miller's passions is in the field of performing arts, and she strongly promotes the importance of including a variety of creative art forms into students' academic experiences. She believes that the Arts promote creativity, and creativity leads to innovation. Curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) promotes the development of students who are creative, innovative, and ahead of the curve.
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