|Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R)|
1100 Providence Tower West
5001 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, TX 75244-3910
(214) 522-8560 FAX
Board Term: Jan. 1, 2015 - Jan. 1, 2019
Geraldine “Tincy” Miller returned as the District 12 representative on the State Board of Education in January 2013 and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2014. Miller, a Republican, previously served on the board from 1984 through 2010, including four years as chair of the 15-member board. Collectively, with 28 years of service, she holds the longest seniority among the board members.
Miller’s service as an education policy leader began when Gov. Mark White appointed her to the board in 1984. She was subsequently elected to represent part of North Texas in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2012 and 2014.
Miller currently serves on the board's Committee on Instruction. During her previous service on the board, Miller also served on the Committee on Instruction, including a stint as committee chair. She is a former vice chair of the 15-member board. At other times, she served on the Committee on Students and the Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund. Miller served as the board's representative to the Texas Growth Fund from 1989 to 1994 and in 1993 chaired the board's Task Force on Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
Miller developed a reputation as a passionate advocate for children with dyslexia. She worked as a reading specialist in the Laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and saw firsthand what a difference appropriate instruction can make for children with dyslexia.
Determined to improve public education, Miller:
- Helped pass the first dyslexia law in Texas and the nation for public schools.
- Was instrumental in pushing for the early assessment of children at risk for dyslexia and related disorders.
- Facilitated the creation of the state’s first Dyslexia Handbook in 1988.
- Was a driving force behind the development of a phonics-based curriculum for the Texas public schools.
- Passionately worked to protect and grow the Permanent School Fund, one of the largest education endowments in the world.
Along with her work in education, Miller is a licensed real estate broker and chairman of her family’s company, Henry S. Miller Companies, in Dallas.
Miller is a graduate of the public schools in Dallas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Science in Reading from Texas A&M University-Commerce, formerly East Texas State University.
She is very active in her community, chairing major fundraising events for the United Cerebral Palsy Association; Dallas Opera; The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League; TACA (umbrella organization for the performing arts in Dallas); the Crystal Charity Ball (a non-profit organization that has raised approximately $3 million for needy children in Dallas County); Celebrating Women, Baylor Cancer Research; S.M.U. Meadows at the Meyerson (raising scholarship money for Fine Arts students). Miller is a board member for the Dallas Historical Foundation, Sixth Floor Museum, Foundation for the Callier Center for Hearing. She has been honored with the SMU Simmons Luminary Award School of Education; YWCA 100 Women Award; TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas A&M-Commerce.
Miller and her late husband, Vance, are the parents of four children.
As a member of the State Board of Education, Miller represents the citizens of Collin County and part of Dallas County.