At an awards ceremony held April 22 in Richland, Washington during the Annual WAEOP Spring Conference, Dr. Justin T. Mills, superintendent of the Bellevue School District was selected as the 2016-2017 WAEOP Educational Administrator of the Year.
Dr. Mills has made tremendous strides since coming to Bellevue School District in 2012. Through his guidance and leadership, the district has developed a culture that allows all staff to be heard and feel they are valued and important to a smooth running district that ultimately benefits the children.
One Co-Worker says: “since joining the Bellevue School District, I have witnessed Dr. Mill’s leadership reshape the district. The mark of a leader is how the leader brings others to places where they would not go by themselves. They describe Dr. Mills as the most effective and genuine school leader. His emotional intelligence and authenticity are why those who have worked with him speak so highly of his leadership.”
Dr. Mills not only has provided a culture within the Bellevue School District that benefits all employees, but he fosters an atmosphere for all employees to achieve their goals, which in turn brings about a stronger and more united work place and community. Dr. Mills encourages staff to grow professionally and personally by attending a variety of training opportunities including the professional development conferences and workshops sponsored by WAEOP. He also supports the efforts of all classified staff who choose to aim for and reach their educational goals by obtaining their Professional Standards Program Certification as offered by the National Association of Educational Office Professionals.
Dr. Mills has been married to his wife, Gail, for 33 years. They have three adult children and five grandchildren ages 3 months to 5 years. Dr. Mills likes to golf, read, play with the grandkids and spend time with his wife, Gail and the family. Dr. Mills was raised by his grandmother and is the only sibling in his family to graduate high school. He has served in education for 40 years. He has been a high school band director/teacher, middle school principal, executive director of high school education and has served as a Superintendent for 18 years. He plans to retire on June 30th of this year.
Congratulations again Dr. Mills, our 2016-2017 Educational Administrator of the Year!
For more information:
WAEOP Awards Committee Chair Rhonda Quinton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509.234.2021, ext. 1011