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Kimberly Miles named instructional leader of the year by the Gresham-Barlow School District

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Kimberly Miles, principal of East Gresham Elementary School, was named the Gresham-Barlow School Districts instructional leader of the year. Kimberly Miles, principal at East Gresham Elementary School, was named instructional leader of the year at the Gresham-Barlow School District's recent convocation.

Miles has led the 380-student East Gresham school since 2014 and has boosted regular attendance to 86%, which is well above the 80% average for the entire state.

"Kimberly was selected because of her outstanding leadership at East Gresham Elementary, a Student Improvement Grant school. The staff has increased literacy rates, focused on overall growth of each student, and moved a school in need of improvement to one of successful educational outcomes for our students," said Lisa Riggs, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Prior to coming to East Gresham, Miles was principal at Medford's Roosevelt Elementary School for 13 years. She was an instructional coach in the Hillsboro School District for more than a decade prior to that.

Miles earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Portland in 2018 and has her undergraduate degree from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Riggs said that Miles completed her doctorate "this year while managing the demands of construction of a whole new school building. We are proud of her commitment toward student relationships, instructional achievement, and love of learning."

As part of the prize package for Miles, Gresham Ford donated $600 for new tires.

Earlier in the year, Becky Straight, a seventh grade language arts and AVID teacher at Gordon Russell Middle School, was given the excellence in teaching award for 2018-19.

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