Tincy Miller Receives Simmons Luminary Award

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Tincy Miller Receives Simmons Luminary Award

(Dallas) – Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, today received a Simmons Luminary Award from Southern Methodist University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education. The award recognizes outstanding leaders in education.

“I am honored to be a part of such an esteemed group of individuals,” Miller said. “Over my 25 years serving District 12 in the State Board of Education, I have made it my mission to ensure that every Texas public school student has the resources they need to succeed. The two other honorees have each made a significant contribution to education. I am humbled to receive this great honor.”

Miller received her award at a reception and dinner this evening on the SMU campus. Awards were also presented to former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and St. Philip’s School and Community Center Headmaster and Executive Director, Terry J. Flowers.

“The Simmons Luminary Awards honor women and men who are real education reformers – people willing to step outside the status quo and follow evidence, rather than tradition, to improve outcomes for our students,” said David Chard, Leon Simmons Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School. “This year’s three recipients serve as beacons on the education landscape.”

“People are frequently satisfied with great ideas,” Chard said. “But ideas aren’t enough. What we don’t often have are people like Tincy Miller, who realized that her focus on her son’s dyslexia needed to be expanded to all dyslexic children. Her willingness to make a bold change in policy and practice has dramatically improved students’ lives.”

Miller, who graduated from SMU in 1956, has served on the Texas State Board of Education since 1984. She has distinguished herself by promoting better curricula and programs for dyslexic children, helping to pass the Texas State Dyslexia Law for public schools, facilitating the creation of the Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders and helping establish the first statewide dyslexia academies.

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