We’re proud to announce that Talley Miller is Polk County Public Schools’ 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year.
Miller, who is now in her sixth year as assistant principal at Crystal Lake Middle, will be formally recognized during next Tuesday’s Polk County School Board meeting.
Ronda Cotter, principal of Crystal Lake Middle, described Miller as a “quick learner” with a positive demeanor.
“She has this great spirit,” Cotter said. “The kids absolutely love her, teachers rally around her. People want to work with her and get things done.”
Miller, who previously served as a dean at Kathleen Middle, has a balanced skillset of being able to handle both discipline- and curriculum-related matters, Cotter said. She also said that Miller has been instrumental in overseeing Crystal Lake’s civics program and working to increase student performance on statewide assessments.
Each Florida school district names its top assistant principal every year as part of the statewide Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award program. Miller said she was honored to be named Polk’s assistant principal of the year.
This year has been uniquely challenging for Crystal Lake Middle — and all schools — as they face extra obstacles due to COVID-19, Miller said.
“We are all dealing with things that we’ve never had to deal with before,” Miller said. “Our teachers have done a phenomenal job of making sure our kids and everyone else are safe.”
Miller said she is proud of her students for working hard, learning new safety procedures and staying focused on their studies.
“Our kids are truly special,” she said. “I love being around them. It’s been awesome to see how they’re stepping up to the challenge.”