Picnic With the New Miner Principal July 16

An Introduction to Principal Andrea Mial

Andrea Mial. (Photo: DCPS)

For 20 years, Andrea Mial taught and led in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools for military families. While she enjoyed the experience, she always wanted to give back to her own community in DC. And starting in the fall of 2016, she will get the chance as the new principal for Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. SE).

“I created an environment and staffing to give those military children everything they needed,” Mial (pronounced “mile”) said. “Now I get to serve the community I live in. These are my families, these are my children.”

Mial wants to focus on parent engagement, community partnership and raising the academic standard at Miner, she said of her goals for the school. Parents helped choose her in DC Public School’s (DCPS) vetting process for the school’s new principal — Mial wants to follow through to meet their expectations, she said.

Mial, 48, will take over for Dr. Anne Evans, who will leave her position after three years due to health concerns. This is Mial’s third principal position. She previously worked atas the vice president of education services at Catapult Learning, where she helped coach educators from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. She also served as assistant principal and principal for DoDEA from 2007 to 2015. 

“They too are interested in pursuing school excellence that maybe could be recognized with a Blue Ribbon Certification,” she said. “What we can do best for our students is to provide them with not only the basics — literacy, math skills, technology — but also careers and other perspectives of the world. We must improve our student performance and that begins with instruction.”

Miner will also staff two new positions to support the principal — Tiffany Torrence as the assistant principal and Yovi Flores as manager of strategy and logistics. This delegation of administrative duties will allow Mial to focus on improving teacher instruction and stay involved in the learning process.

As for the school itself, Mial envisions it as a community meeting place, a center for people to come together, she said. The diverse neighborhood the school sits in deserves to be a part of the school and offer a place for families to learn about others’ cultures and traditions.

“The building is the glue for the community; it’s not that formal place where students come in at 8 a.m. and leave at 3 p.m. and the place goes dead,” she said. “I’m looking for Miner to be rich and open for the community.”

Mial is originally from Hawaii, and she got her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Chaminade University in Honolulu. She also holds a master’s in special education from Chaminade and another master’s in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Join the Miner community in welcoming Principal Mial on July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school. There will be food and activities for families.  

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