Miles Joins ‘USAO Family’ in Child Development Center
A family atmosphere where people care about each other is what drew Dr. Donna Miles to join the faculty team at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Dr. Miles joined USAO in August as assistant professor of education and director of the Child Development Center. She replaces Dr. Robin Irving, who retired after 28 years of service.
“When I met the people at USAO, it just felt like a family and that all of them cared deeply about each other and their students. Who wouldn’t want to work with family?” Miles asked.
“I have worked in public schools since I began teaching and have taught at the college level and the graduate school level. Most recently I worked with preschool at a public school in Kansas.”
Before coming to USAO, Miles was the director of federal programs of the Unified School District No. 480 in Liberal, Kans. At the same time, she was an instructor at Kansas Newman University in Wichita and at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans.
At Kansas Newman and Fort Hays, Miles taught courses for off-campus credit, worked collaboratively with Fort Hays administrators in implementing summer courses to improve science instruction for middle and high school teachers supported with grant funding and administered endorsement classes.
While with the United School District No. 480, Miles administrated various state and federal programs that included Title I, the largest federal aid program that deals with migratory or at risk children; Title III, which is designed for agencies to develop high quality English as a second language programs and the Carl Perkins Grant, which promotes the preparation for nontraditional training and employment. She also served as the director of preschool, assistant principal at Liberal High School and other positions within the district.
Miles’ goals at USAO include growing professionally and personally. “I want to grow professionally and personally. Teaching at a university has been a long-term goal of mine and I am so pleased to finally have the opportunity.
“I have loved every minute of working at USAO. I was right in my perceptions at the interview,” Miles said.
Dr. Miles received a doctor of education in educational administration at Kansas State University, a specialist in education administration at Fort Hays State University, a master of science in curriculum and instruction at Kansas State University and a bachelor of arts in news communication and journalism education at the University of Oklahoma.
In addition to her teaching duties, Miles will also serve as the director of the Child Development Center at USAO. The center is open from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring trimesters. The center focuses on the achievement of the following goals: enhancement of self-concept, language development, sensory acuity, motor development, concept formation and living skills.
The center offers children varied opportunities to learn in physical, social, emotional and intellectual areas. The curriculum and the environment are the results of careful planning based on the knowledge of child growth and development.