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Our Namesake

Who is Sandy Miller?

 Sandy Searles Miller

Our school's namesake is, to put simply, a former Las Vegas teacher who later became a Nevada first lady. Mrs. Miller is a common sight at our elementary school and beloved by staff and students for her kind heart, infectious laughter, and sharp wit. We appreciate her time, support, and keen insights!

History & Background

Sandy Ann Searles Miller was born in Denver, Colo., in 1949 to Jim and Renee Searles. The family moved to Las Vegas when she was 2. Mrs. Miller attended CCSD schools from kindergarten through high school graduation. Mrs. Miller graduated from UNLV, where she received her bachelor’s degree in special education and teaching. She worked as a teacher for four years at Thomas Elementary School before meeting Robert Miller, whom she married in 1973. From 1989 to 1999, Mrs. Miller was first lady of Nevada and continued to make education her first priority. For 10 years, Mrs. Miller worked to create a better education for students in preschool, grades K-12 and in the university system. She focused on creating family programs, such as the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research & Policy, Family to Family Connection and the Time To Teach program. She continues to be involved with education by visiting schools and attending school board meetings. Mrs. Miller is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) advocate and advisory counselor, involved with the Nevada Partnership for Inclusive Education and Chairman of the Board at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital.