Dr. Hilton-Prillhart knows a lot about children and education—she specializes in the areas of learning disabilities, psychological assessment including assessment for Autism and ADHD, behavioral interventions, anxiety disorders, and diagnosis and intensive intervention with children with reading disabilities.

At Milligan, Hilton-Prillhart serves as associate professor of education and the area chair of education, among other roles. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from East Tennessee State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Her past experiences include work as a special education teacher in Virginia and Maryland, a Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) approved behavior analyst, and a Child Development Specialist with Cherokee Health Systems where she conducted assessments with preschool children.

She has been teaching at Milligan since 2011, where she imparts her wisdom in the world of education to her students.

Her favorite class to teach is Reading Processes with Assessment and Intervention.

“I love teaching students how you can take good assessment information and use it in the classroom to help all students,” she said. “You can provide a challenge for the students who need it while also helping those along who need extra attention.”

Hilton-Prillhart believes our graduate education programs stand out among others because students not only get field and clinical experiences from the very beginning, but they also develop critical thinking and intervention skills due to the amount of research they do during the program.

Additionally, she believes Milligan students often live out the mission of the college to prepare servant leaders.

“There’s a difference with our students—students view teaching and education as a mission. Our students and graduates are so remarkably sensitive to the needs of the learners in their classrooms. They serve with their whole hearts.”

The graduate education programs also foster activity-based learning in the classroom—our professors don’t want to just lecture in the classroom because they don’t want their students to do the same in their own classrooms.

Some hands-on experiences that students get in the classroom include creating Scarborough reading ropes, which are visual models to show how reading works. Students also participate in educator breakfasts, where they dress up as an important educator and present about the educator to elementary school students.

Many of our graduates teach in the classroom from pre-kindergarten through high school levels. Several also enter in the human services fields, teach in pre-schools, or serve in children’s ministry.

When she’s not teaching, Hilton-Prillhart keeps herself busy with three boys, three dogs, and her husband.