Superintendent's Message

Dr. Mark Miles, Superintendent

Meet Our Superintendent
Mark T. Miles, Ph.D.
Mark.Miles@indianhillschools.org
Twitter: @ihevsd ‏

My #IHPromise – to help our children’s dreams come true.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

In our youth, the answer to the question seems simple.  As I grew older, my answers seemed to change…from scientist, to researcher, stock broker, historian, attorney, teacher, and administrator.  No matter how many career paths I explored – one thing remained the same: My educators believed in my dreams.

A dream is a powerful thing.

It is what we aspire to achieve in our life. And many an American Dream – including my own – was built on a foundation of public education.

I want you to know, within the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District, your child’s dream is more than a hopeful wish – it is our goal and guides our vision. It will be achieved through our continued focus upon learning, leadership, innovation, and service. The #IHPromise ultimately represents the outcome of the provision of exceptional and meaningful educational services in academics, arts, and athletics, and allows our students to achieve their potential … to realize their dreams.

The best moments of my day include witnessing our students and staff working together in the classroom, in the athletic arena, and on stage to accomplish goals. I have the opportunity to experience these moments daily, a privilege of being the Superintendent of Schools for the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District.

To be a Brave, one must strive for excellence with care, compassion, and respect for others. Each member of our team – from our teachers, to our administrators, to our bus drivers, to our support staff, to our custodians – has the opportunity to inspire, guide, mold, and mentor; that is our expectation.

To all the educators who believed in me and my dreams, and specifically to Mr. Heaps who drove my bus in junior high school and later became my high school principal, to Mrs. Mathis who served me lunch, to Mr. Glenn and Mr. Lee who taught me the value of playing music, to Mrs. Sager who provided grace and flexibility, to Mrs. Ellis who saw the best in me each day, and to Mr. Williams who never relinquished his high expectations for me – I say a very sincere thank you. Through each of you, I found my answer to the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I want to positively impact children the way you positively impacted me … and working in education truly is my dream come true.

Dr. Miles and his wife, Rebekah, have three kids. Their son Leighton works as a small business consultant in Kansas. Their daughter Sydney, a 2017 graduate of Indian Hill High School, currently attends the University of Alabama, and their daughter Natalie is a current senior at Indian Hill High School. His hobbies include walking and running at least 50 miles per month, reading, and checking off bucket-list items – like bicycling 110 miles on July 17, 2018.

Snapshot

Began serving the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District: 2012 as Superintendent of Schools

Professional Background:

Dr. Mark Miles became the superintendent of schools of the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District in 2012. Immediately prior to this position, he served as the deputy superintendent in the Park Hill School District (Kansas City, Mo.) where he was engaged in all facets of district administration, with primary responsibility for strategic planning, the district’s quality initiative, K-12 principal supervision, leadership development, and implementation of the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.  Prior to his role as deputy superintendent, Dr. Miles served in the Park Hill School District as assistant superintendent for school improvement, assistant to the superintendent, and as middle school principal.  Prior to receiving his doctorate and moving into administrative positions, Dr. Miles was a social studies teacher in the Columbia Public School District in Missouri.

As our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Miles is a visible presence in our classrooms and community and works diligently in support of our district’s mission to provide exceptional educational services in academics, arts, and athletics.  He serves on the Board of Directors for Learn21 as well as the Indian Hill Public Schools Foundation. While Dr. Miles serves many roles as our superintendent, two of his favorites are chief meteorologist and frequent cast member in the Indian Hill Primary School’s first grade musical.

Education:

Dr. Miles earned a Doctor of Philosophy and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis; a Master of Arts degree in political science; and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary social studies education, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Awards:

  • Curator's Scholar - University of Missouri-Columbia
  • James Madison Memorial Fellow
  • Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Beginning Teacher Award
  • Missouri Division of Learning Disabilities Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding General Educator Award
  • Walter Scott Monroe Research Fellowship
  • Neil C. Aslin Memorial Fund Award
  • College of Education High Flyer Award – University of Missouri-Columbia
  • KC Business Magazine Rising Star
  • James Williamson Award for Achievement in Quality