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Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year Program

Nominations are open year round for the Massachusetts and National History Teacher of the Year programs to honor outstanding teachers of American history across the country. The Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year will automatically be the state's candidate for the National History Teacher of the Year award. The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI).

We are seeking outstanding K-12 teachers who find creative ways to bring history alive in the classroom and in communities.

Deadline for 2017 nominations is March 31, 2017.

Teachers will be selected based on the following:
  • At least three years of classroom experience;
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history;
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation in the classroom; and
  • Effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students in American history.
  • Self nominations are not accepted.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will honor each statewide winner with an award of $1,000, a certificate of recognition, an invitation to attend a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, and the opportunity for the winner's school to become a GLI Affiliate School. The Institute will also present the winner's school with a collection of American history classroom resources, given in honor of the state winner, for use in the school library or resource center.

To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's website or contact the National History Teacher of the Year coordinator at or 646-366-9666. You may also email the educator recognition mailbox at for more information.

2016 History Teacher of the Year Program

2016 History Teacher of the Year: Dr. Susan C. Miller, History Teacher, Middleborough High School, Middleborough
Dr. Susan C. Miller
History Teacher
Middleborough High School, Middleborough

Dr. Susan Miller began her career in education in Washington State. Employed for the Clover Park School District, Susan taught history during the day and Citizenship for the evening division. Susan received national recognition as she wrote and implemented a federal grant program that addressed the high rate of reported child abuse in Pierce County. In addition, Susan was selected for an externship program for the Washington State Attorney General's Office and developed lessons related to consumer education from her experiences in the office of consumer protection.

Susan began her teaching experience in Massachusetts with her employment in 1993 as a history teacher for Middleborough Public Schools. Susan worked as an inclusion specialist and received her Master's Degree in Special Education from Simmons College. In addition to her experiences in history education, Susan worked toward having the students develop a connection with the content and local issues. As a Wright Fellow for Tufts University, Susan developed national lesson plans in government as she used Middleborough as the focus of a case study for the local/state/and federal approaches to environmental issues. Susan received her C.A.G.S. and her Doctorate from Johnson & Wales University.

As a volunteer, Susan worked for the New Bedford National Park Service, The New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. At the high school level, Susan has developed a partnership with local historical organizations. Students from the high school created an oral history project "Middleborough High School Reflects on 9/11" where the video and the transcripts were recognized by the 9/11 Museum. Susan has been an active officer for the Southeastern Council of the Social Studies. At the high school level Susan coordinated the Academic Support Grants and coordinated the 6-12 Mentors/Proteges.

Susan Miller was introduced to history as a John Jay High School student as she volunteered for the John Jay Homestead. As a volunteer, Susan saw the power of an individual. Susan believes that history educators have a challenging role. On a daily basis, it is the educator who constantly must echo and re-echo the same message. History matters!

Last Updated: January 10, 2017
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