Dr. Shirley Miles served as Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity from 2008 – 2010
Dr. Miles was born in Panama where her father served in the U.S. Army. As a youth, she moved 7 times throughout her elementary, middle and high school years. Dr. Miles received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in 1984; a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in 1990; and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver in 2001. Prior to becoming Director of DoDEA, Dr. Miles was Superintendent of the Tempe Union High School District, in Tempe, AZ. Dr. Miles began her education career in Colorado Springs, CO, where she taught history, economics and law for the Air Academy School District, and then would serve as an assistant principal and high school principal in Denver, Colorado. She later became the Human Resources Director for the Academy District in Colorado Springs.Dr. Miles taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, training educators in school supervision, evaluation, multicultural education, and other courses designed for school principals. Prior to her career as an educator, she had ten years of business experience as a personnel administrator and controller. Following her departure from DoDEA, Dr. Miles returned to private industry as an educational consultant.