After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, Millie taught elementary children in the public school system of California for 10 years. She decided to start a Montessori Private School after reading more about how the Montessori approach to learning could make a greater difference with children. The school was a great success and eventually expanded into four locations, accommodating more than 400 children ages two to 12. The school also received international recognition, bringing educators from Europe and Japan to the school to observe teaching methods and children at work in their classes. After 35 years of leadership, Millie retired. The school continued to successfully operate for an additional 20 years.
After retirement Millie moved to the coast of Oregon where she spent 10 years as a Rotarian and was involved with the parks commission and various other local organizations, including eight years of volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the Juvenile Court System.
In 2008, Millie moved to Sequim, Washington, another rural community on the Olympic Peninsula, where she enjoys the quiet beauty of the Great North West.
“I am excited to be a part of a pre-school initiative in Guatemala that will result in positive learning outcomes for children entering the primary grades," she says. "I'm also looking forward to working with Frances Dixon and her team of education leaders who bring to the program a great wealth of experience and knowledge."