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Miller named as Bernie HS principal

Thursday, December 27, 2012

BERNIE, Mo. -- A once-familiar face to Dexter Schools will be returning to his home county to serve, not as a Bearcat, but as a Bernie Mule, next fall.

Gavin Miller served on the Dexter School staff for eight years and has taught and served in administration at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Mo. since 2007. For the past two years, he has served as assistant principal at the Sedalia facility. At the recent meeting of Bernie's Board of Education, he was named to fill the role of high school principal there beginning in the fall of 2013. The recent announcement by current principal, Bryce Matthews, of his intentions to retire, opened up the position.

Miller is a Dexter native with 16 years in the field of education. He taught for two years in the New Madrid, Mo. school system, followed by eight years at Dexter during which he taught and served as Girls Basketball coach, defensive coordinator under current coach, Aaron Pixley, and as athletic director.

Miller earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1993 from Evangel University in Springfield, his secondary teacher's certificate in December 1996 again from Evangel, and his master's degree in secondary administration in 2011 from William Woods University.

Miller and his wife, Kristin, who is a sixth grade science teacher in the Sedalia Middle School, have two boys, Maddox, 8, and Jaxon, 4. Miller's step-daughter, Madelyn, 17, will graduate from Sedalia High School in May 2013, and will return with her family to attend a local college in Southeast Missouri.

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