2016 History Teacher of the Year


Dr. Susan C. Miller, History Teacher
Middleborough High School

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!