Realizing the importance of education at a young age, Dawn L. Hyndman Miller has devoted her career to the mentoring of youth. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Science from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 1963, a Master of Science from the University of St. Francis in 1971, and a Master of Arts from Indiana University-Purdue University in 1994. Further, Ms. Miller holds a lifetime teaching license from the state of Indiana and certification as an organist through the diocese if Fort Wayne South Bend at the Notre Dame Preparatory Department. She is particularly proud of her academic achievements, as she is the first in her immediate family to get a degree at all, nonetheless graduate degrees and additional training.
At the present, Ms. Miller is an adjunct teacher in composition literature at Indiana University-Purdue University and a substitute organist for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Prior to that, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech State College in Fort Wayne from 1991 to 1996 and held teaching positions at St. Joseph School in Garrett, Ind., and St. Vincent School at Fort Wayne, Ind. Ms. Miller also acquired experience as a teacher of Hebrew Scriptures at Bishop Luers High School. She loves working with young people in the classroom, stemming from her own personal experiences with education. She looked up to her high school teachers a lot, and hopes to be that kind of role model for future generations. If she could offer some advice to them, it would be to make a plan for the future and steadfastly work toward those goals with confidence.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Miller was nominated as Indiana Teacher of the Year by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in 1990. She is also featured in numerous volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who of American Women. She attributes her accomplishments and longevity to the opportunities she’s been given in her life.
When Ms. Miller has free time, she enjoys playing the piano and organ, as well as serving as a member of the Legion of Mary and of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish. She also likes to spend time with her son, Daniel Louis, and her grandchild.