Priya Miller joins us as an Education Programs Professional (EPP) for Title I: Part A Rural and the Title V: Part B program. She is also the new State Coordinator for National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) and National ESEA Distinguished Schools award programs. Previously, Priya was a Federal Title Director for Title IV: Part B - 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. She was raised in Nevada, living in Las Vegas for 34 years, and relocating to Northern Nevada when she joined the Nevada Department of Education in April 2022. Before joining the Department, she taught in the general education classroom in grades 1 and 4-6, including special education teaching both the inclusive and resource room models in grades 6-9. She brings with her a love for rural Nevada. Her father is an Air Force Veteran and retired in Spring Creek, Nevada. She travels to visit the Ruby Mountains as often as life allows, enjoying the beauty and solitude. She and her husband have four children, ages 19, 17, 15, and 12, who enjoy exploring Tahoe, kayaking, walking her curious beagle, and spending time with family.
Title V, Part B: Rural Education Achievement Program
Around this time last year, I began to dig in and help my eldest son decide on a college to attend, find scholarship and grant opportunities to apply for, and research all the proper steps for college admissions. Being raised in Las Vegas, assisting my son in completing the dreaded FAFSA, and finding school counselors helping lost parents like me were plentiful! Sometimes, this is not an opportunity for our rural students. It can be more difficult for our rural students to access this information or find solutions to barriers to entering college and seeing their dreams fulfilled. I invite you to read this short article on a California rural school district that found ways to support its students in overcoming geographic barriers to higher education.