SBOE Member District 12

District 12Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R)
4 Lakeside Park
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 522-1610
(214) 522-8560 FAX  

Board Term: Jan. 1, 2015 - Jan. 1, 2019  

Geraldine “Tincy” Miller has represented Dallas and Collin Counties on the State Board of Education for three decades.

Miller, a Republican, served on the board from 1984 through 2010, including four years as chair of the 15-member board. She had a short break in service and then returned to the board in January 2013 and was re-elected to a new four-year term of office in November 2014. She holds the longest seniority among the current 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 now serves as vice chair of the board's Committee on Instruction and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education.

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.