Educator takes post in Frederick Miller had started Tech-Prep program CARROLL COUNTY FARM/BUSINESS

October 29, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Carroll County's loss will be Frederick County's gain.

Beginning Dec. 1, David Miller, Carroll's supervisor of vocational and technology education, will be the executive director of career and technology education for Frederick County.

He replaces Elaine Gorman, who took a job with the Baltimore County career and technology program Oct. 1.

"I became aware of the vacancy when school started, maybe a week before," Mr. Miller said. "I know that community pretty well, and when the opening became available they all wanted to know if I would be interested."

Frederick's school board approved his employment Monday night, he said.

In his new position, Mr. Miller will continue to foster partnerships between business and the school system, and guide the integration of academic and technical subjects.

Frederick County is further along in making "academic subjects more applicable and the technical subjects more theoretical" than Carroll, he said.

Mr. Miller will also oversee a small staff. "Here, the staff is pretty much me. Also, my responsibility as executive director gives me some responsibility over some supervisors. Here, I was a supervisor."

It appears the job's proximity to home swung the vote in Frederick County's direction. Mr. Miller lives in Braddock Heights, "on the mountain, overlooking the valley" in the home he and his wife, Norma, just built.

His two children, David and Kimberly, are students at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.

He said the new job also saves him an hour's commuting time, one way. "That's a considerable amount of time saved for work or for family or for a combination. I was more apt to change jobs than change careers," he said.

But the benefits of his new job don't make the transfer any easier, he said.

"It was a real tough decision to make," he said. "I hate to leave. I've been very happy here and am not leaving because of some discomfort about what's going on.

"There are a lot of things going on that I am sorry to leave and not see through," he said, referring to the Tech-Prep program and other projects he helped start in Carroll. "But, there is never a perfect time to leave a job."

School officials said they, too, are sorry to see the employee of nearly 3 1/2 years leave.

"Devastated," said Peter B. McDowell, county director of secondary schools. "The teachers he works with are just heartsick because the guy is so caring and so conscientious and has had such an impact on them and their jobs.

"It's hard to lose somebody like that."

Not only did Mr. Miller have rapport with teachers, administrators, and the business and farming communities, but he put in extra hours to ensure the success of his programs, Mr. McDowell said.

"The man had boundless energy to go all day and half of the nights," he said. "He just continues to give and give."

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