maria miller

Maria Miller
Faculty Emeritus and Global Citizen

Background and Professional Interests

My resume

For the past 29 years, I have been a Professor and Counselor at Palomar College, serving as Career Center Director and Professional Development Coordinator. In May 2008, I was selected for the Professor/Program Coordinator position for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies/Psychological and Social Services.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADAC)
Certificate - Career Counseling, UCSD
Certificate - Instructional Design, SDSU
M.A. United States International University
M.Ed. Kent State University
B.A. Kent State University

I have held counseling postions at United States International University, Cal Poly Pomona, Ball State University and Kent State University.

I have worked with mentally ill adults and children at various agencies and I completed a year long internship at Mental Health Systems, North County Center for Change, "Drug Court".

Personal Interests

Global travel, spiritual and physical activities are what makes my spirit sing! I have traveled all over the world and I especially enjoy Asia: Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. One of my the most fascinating places that I have visited was Bhutan. I have been to Stary Sambir, Ukraine and Russia several times to visit my relatives.

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Personal Philosophy and Blog

In May 2013 I retired from Palomar College after 35 years in higher education. My blog Salt Water and School Bells is a memoir to highlight my last year as teacher (who LOVES the beach).


Charity Work

I am the Executive Director of a small charity project called Toys for Thailand, Inc. Our group does fundraising and then travels to Thailand to directly provide goods and services to hill tribe children living in remote villages. Learn more about us on Facebook