Angie Miller, a math teacher at Haddam-Killingworth High School since 1998 has been selected at the Regional School District #17 Teacher of the Year. This past year, Angie was one of only two Connecticut math teachers that was considered for the highest mathematics honor given in the United State; the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Be sure to watch Patch's interview with Angie Miller about her passion for teaching
Last month, Angie and her department chair, hosted the first Shoreline Mathematics Challenge at Haddam-Killingworth High School. It was a day of challenging fun for approximately 200 students from ten different shoreline schools. The event was made possible through a grant co-written by Angie as well as donations of materials and time she solicited from area businesses, colleagues, and family. Students began the day with a live performance of Calculus the Musical, and followed it with 5 different life-sized challenging mathematics and logic puzzle-like activities.
Angie works tirelessly to create lessons and activities that will fully engage her students; including having them use their cell phones as student responders to monitor their understanding of lesson content. Her number one focus is and always has been to provide a high level of instruction and support so students can be as successful as possible. This manifests itself in the form of lunch activity and after school lesson reinforcement sessions with as many as 20 students; to hosting a Saturday Calculus AP review at her house prior to the exam. To no one’s surprise, HK’s AP Calculus scores have always ranked among the highest.
Angie’s professionalism and dedication extend beyond assisting students. She is a trained mentor for the state, and this year, just as in years past works informally to help prepare Haddam-Killingworth High School beginning teachers, even those outside the mathematics department; complete their TEAM requirements for State Department of Education certification.
Her high school principal, Charles Macunas states that “Angie is the one teacher I have had the pleasure of working with in my 42 years as an educator, that speaks with me every day about her fondness for students, her love of teaching, and her need and desire to improve for the sake of her students.”
Submitted by Regional School District 17