Mrs. Deberah Miller

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where I grew up attending St. Louis Cardinals and Blues hockey games. My family relocated to Tuscaloosa where I was fortunate to meet my best friend of 39 years, my husband Charles. We have two grown sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren. When I am not at Pelham Oaks, I enjoy spending time with my family, Mia (our four legged daughter), watching sports, hiking, camping, and enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the Rocky Mountains.

Growing up in a family of educators I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. My college career started at Shelton State where I received an academic scholarship and went on to receive the Presidential Leadership Scholarship to attend the University of Montevallo. With hard work and dedication I completed my Early Childhood and Elementary Degrees in less than three years.

While teaching second, third, and sixth grade my desire to have a positive impact on students and adults led me to the decision of returning to school to obtain my administration degree. While working on this degree I took the position of instructional coach at Matthews Elementary School in Tuscaloosa.  After serving for three years as an instructional coach, I took the position of assistant principal at Walker Elementary in Tuscaloosa. Eight months later I was hired as the new principal for Arcadia Elementary School. While serving as principal at Arcadia Elementary I heard about a new school system in Pelham, Alabama. The opportunity to help build a new school system was very intriguing to me. I decided to interview for the position of principal at Valley Elementary School and was fortunate to be hired. The past four years, serving as principal within the Pelham City School System, have been a true blessing.

Walt Disney once said, “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children”. With this in mind and as instructional leader of Pelham Oaks Elementary School, it is my obligation to ensure a daily environment that enhances student learning, academic success, and the overall well-being of all children who walk through our doors each day. When students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members work together for the same common goal - “our children”- everyone wins.