2019 AMLE Election Results

Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected by the AMLE membership to serve on the Board of Trustees for the term of January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022.

Angela Allen
Director of Instructional Leadership for Secondary and Alternative Schools
Battle Ground Public Schools
Brush Prairie, WA

Chandra Diaz
Director of Middle Level Education
University of Nebraska
Kearney, NE

Pam Millikan
Retired Principal
Franklin, IN

Ken Nicely
Roanoke County Public Schools
Roanoke, VA

Angela Allen is the Director of Instructional Leadership for Secondary and Alternative Schools at Battle Ground Public Schools in Washington. She currently supervises 11 schools, 6 of the schools are middle schools, and 2 of the schools are alternative schools that serve K-12 parents in a parent partnership program. Previously, Allen served as a high school teacher, high school assistant principal, and led a school turnaround as the principal of a School Improvement Grant Middle School that was identified in the bottom 5% of schools in the nation. Allen was the recipient of the St. Helen's Regional Distinguished Principal Award in 2014 and has presented at the Washington State Leadership Conference and AMLE Summer Conference.

Chandra Diaz is the Director of Middle Level Education at the University of Nebraska in Kearney, Nebraska. She was a middle school educator for 12 years. She served as a liaison to the district, coordinated vertical curriculum alignment conversations for her school, awarded the Outstanding Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and organized a career fair. In administration, she served 9th and 10th graders in a school that used the middle school philosophy of teaming. This year, she formed the Collegiate Middle Level Association, sponsored two trauma sensitive presenters, and created the Middle Level Ambassadors who co-presented with her when students and families visit. She's currently a member of Nebraska's Middle Level Association. She views education from an equity and access lens and wants to bring her experience to AMLE as well as learn from others to strengthen her work.

Pam Millikan retired as principal of the middle school in Franklin, Indiana. She proudly served as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher where she learned that relationships are key to successful schools. She has served as an AMLE Past President and board member. In addition, she served as Indiana's IMLEA Executive Secretary, Board Member, and President. She has presented at many state, national, and international conferences. She regularly serves on numerous AMLE committees. Mrs. Millikan is passionate about the success of AMLE and believes she would bring strong leadership traits, energy, and knowledge to the AMLE Board of Trustees.

Ken Nicely is superintendent for Roanoke County Public Schools in Virginia. He serves as chief executive officer for a school district of nearly 14,000 students with over 2,000 employees, 27 schools, and an annual budget of over $172 million. Nicely served 10 years as principal and assistant principal at Hidden Valley Middle School, leading the school in 2009 to become the first middle school in western Virginia to be recognized by the national Schools to Watch program for middle grades. His doctoral dissertation, "Middle Level Schools in an Era of Standards and Accountability: Adaptations of the Features of the Middle School Concept" won the National NASSP Ted Sizer Dissertation award in 2013. Nicely has presented at middle school conferences in Virginia and Tennessee and provided consultative services to school districts regarding middle level education. Nicely was recognized by the Virginia ASCD with the 2019 Leadership Award. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Middle School Association, and is the immediate and past president. Nicely served a previous term on the AMLE Board of Trustees from 2015-2018.

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