Gary L Miller

1832 Hillsview Drive, Rapid City, SD 57702 USA
Phone: 605-484-9423
Skype me at: garymiller10

Professional Narrative

Gary Miller is an Instructional Technology Specialist. Gary's training sessions focus on best instructional practices using Web 2.0 tools. His teaching career began in 1979 as a Business Education teacher in a rural South Dakota school. His first experience with computers was in 1982, when the school purchased two Commodore Pets. In 1983 he purchased a Commodore 64 for personal use. Since that time, he has spent many hours trying to keep up with technology. His career includes two years in the early 90's as the Technology Coordinator at Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and six years as an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Rapid City Area School district. He was on the Computer Curriculum Committee in 1996, and chaired the committee in 2001. Gary also served on the Research and Development Committee for the Rapid City Area Schools for three years. Over the years, he has presented at the Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) Conference many times, and is available for training sessions and teacher inservices. He also hosts a best practices wiki at

In his alter-ego, Gary was a Colonel (retired) in the Army National Guard. During his 40+ years of military service, he flew UH-1 Huey Helicopters, commanded the 1085th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) and served as the Executive Officer for the 196th Regional Training Institute. In addition, he taught Officer Candidates, and was the Senior Instructor for 8 years. He deployed to Basra, Iraq from Feb 2009 to Feb 2010 as an Aviation Operations Officer for the 34th Infantry Division (MNARNG). He deployed to Iraq a second time as a representative for the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) from Mar 11 to Dec 11. Retired 31 Jul 2012.


M.S., Education, South Dakota State University, 1987
Concentration: Health, Physical Education and Recreation

B.S., Education, Dakota State College, 1979
Concentration: Secondary Business Education


Professional Development Facilitator, 2008 - Present
Rapid City, SD 57702 USA
Concentration: Generalist for Secondary Education, K-12 Technology Applications

Middle School Computer Teacher, 1995-1998 & 2004-2008
Southwest Middle School, Rapid City, SD, USA
Courses: Keyboarding, Applications, Video Production & Electronic Publishing

Instructional Technology Specialist, 1998-2004
Rapid City Area Schools; Rapid City, SD, USA
Teacher Education and Research

Technology Coordinator, 1993-1995
Little Wound School District; Kyle, SD, USA

Computer Teacher, 1989 -1993
Little Wound High School; Kyle, SD, USA

Computer Teacher, 1988-1989
Philip High School, Philip, SD, USA

Business Education Teacher, 1979-1985
Wessington Springs High School; Wessington Springs, SD, USA

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Created and implemented numerous and varied professional staff development programs for new teachers and mentors, professional faculty, and specialized groups.
  • Developed and presented concurrent sessions and interactive workshops in-district as well as at other districts, intermediate units, and regional conferences.
  • Served as the chair for the Computer Curriculum Committee for the Rapid City Area Schools.
  • Created and maintained the Southwest Middle School Web Page (1995-2008).
  • Served as a district representative on the Computer Research and Development Committee.
  • Created multimedia-rich interactive lessons for an Electronic Publishing Class for eighth graders that encouraged higher order thinking and collaborated with team members to produce rigorous and relevant differentiated learning experiences.
  • Mentored Middle School and High School teachers and hosted pre-service and in-service trainings.
  • Served as Southwest Middle School’s Professional Development Liaison, modeled best practices, created and delivered professional development sessions, and mentored teachers as a Master Practitioner.
  • Served as the main technology purchasing agent for the Little Wound School System.
  • Maintains the website for the Black Hills Runners Club the Black Hills Ski Club and Networking Professionals of the Black Hills.

Technology Skills:

  • Web Based applications including Google Sites, Documents, Calendar and Presentations
  • Desktop Publishing (Microsoft Office Professional Suite, AppleWorks, Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat)
  • Web Page Design (Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, iWeb)
  • Digital Video and Audio Editing and Creation ( iMovie, Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro), Audio Editing (Audacity, Garage Band)
  • Internet (Web 2.0) – Blogs (Blogger, Blogmeister), Wikis (Wikispaces, PBWiki), Podcasts (Garage Band), Webinars (Skype), Video (YouTube, TeacherTube, uStream), MicroBlogs (Twitter), Social Networking (Ning, Facebook, LinkedIn)



Awards and Honors:

  • Rapid City Area Schools "Good Apple Curriculum Award" 1998-1999

Professional Organization Memberships:

  • The International Society for Technology in Education
  • Classroom 2.0

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