Director, ELA & Literacy
Miah joined the Achieve staff in 2016 as the Director, ELA & Literacy. In this role, Miah leads the work of ensuring states maintain high college-and-career standards for ELA and assessment systems that align to those standards. Miah provides guidance to states reviewing and revising their state standards and assessments.
A focused and passionate educator, Miah has more than ten years' experience at the classroom, district, and state levels. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Miah began her journey as a reading and English teacher in the Detroit Public Schools. From Detroit she moved to the Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas, NV, where she continued to teach and build an expertise in secondary ELA, standards, adult learning, curriculum development, and professional development by serving as a district secondary literacy project facilitator, serving all of the district's middle and high school ELA teachers. After a suite of rich and robust experiences as a district leader, Miah transitioned to the Tennessee Department of Education where she served as the K-12 Literacy Coordinator. In this capacity, Miah's primary responsibilities included developing systems to ensure content accuracy and alignment for the literacy portion of the state assessment, TNReady. In 2016, Miah completed her doctoral studies at Vanderbilt's Peabody College, obtaining an Ed.D in Educational Administration and Public Policy.
Why are you passionate about Education?
I am passionate about education because I know that the ability to read complex text critically, synthesize information across multiple texts, build knowledge in support of a new idea, and share those in the appropriate fashion to the right audience is necessary for student success. A former reading and English teacher, I also believe that reading does open new worlds for students—they build an understanding of their own world and develop more tolerant communities by reading the stories of others. My public school education—rich with robust and varied experiences—prepared me to undertake any task I confront; I want all students to have the same confidence I do when approaching a new problem or a new text.
Phone: (202) 419-1563