Christopher Hyler

Milton High School


When nominating a colleague for School Related Employee of the Year, staff members overwhelmingly recognized the contributions of our nominee. In two short years, he has become an effective leader, a thoughtful student mentor, and a sincere friend. As a friend and colleague, Deputy Hyler is known for his friendliness as well as his prankster hijinks.  Coworker Susan Draiss remembers, “The first time I met Chris, he told me that there was a warrant out for my arrest because I had missed jury duty. He did it with a straight face and all I could think of was being handcuffed at a football game and how mortifying that would be.  Luckily, he finally gave me that smile, (that we have all grown to love) and I knew he was just kidding. We've been friends ever since.” His representation of law enforcement as a caring and compassionate figure has helped Milton High in serving many of our most vulnerable students. CDAC Counselor, Katherine Craven says, “When we have a student in a crises situation, Deputy Hyler is always available and willing to help.  He is so good with the kids.”  Deputy Hyler says he was initially drawn to SRO work in order to have a positive impact on kids.  “I try to be the kind of leader and influencer that kids need,” says Hyler.  “If I can connect, I can make a difference.”  To say that Deputy Hyler has connected well with Milton High School students is an understatement.  “He always takes time to listen, when I have something on my mind, and the advice he gives helps me make good decisions,” says student-athlete Raymond Cottrell. “He encourages me to keep my grades up and talks to me about my choices,” says Junior, Justin Heathcock. Student Body President, Emma Dawson says this about our candidate, “Deputy Hyler? He’s the most popular teacher on campus! Just joking! But seriously, he works hard to make sure kids are comfortable coming to him with problems. He keeps good relationships with all different types of students at school.  As SGA President, always knowing that his door is open is very important to me.” Perhaps, Principal Tim Short describes Deputy Hyler’s contribution best when he says  “While he’s a visible symbol of safety and authority, he is caring, compassionate and this is evidences in his daily actions and conversations with kids.  While safety may be at the forefront, it is evident that Deputy Hyler puts student’s best interest first.” Milton High School is proud to nominate our own, Deputy Chris Hyler for Santa Rosa’s School Related Employee of the Year.