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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.

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.

2019 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year

Michael Neagle, 2019 History Teacher of the Year

Michael Neagle

History Teacher

Pyne Arts Magnet School

Lowell Public Schools

Michael Neagle has been a social studies teacher at Pyne Arts Magnet School in Lowell for the past seven years. He has also supported youth through an alternative high school evening program. Michael is committed to providing authentic and meaningful learning opportunities for all students. His colleagues refer to him as an "evangelist for civics education," and his enthusiasm is infectious. Rather than just learn about civics, his students engage in it. They have worked on district policies and engaged in advocacy for issues they care about, including access to world language education and teen suicide awareness and prevention training. Michael's students worked with their representative to file legislation to address the youth vaping epidemic, and Michael and his students have also produced a podcast series on landmark Supreme Court cases.

Michael has led the effort to expand civics education in Lowell, where he has worked with colleagues to bring action civics to more than 1,000 students. He has also partnered with UMass Lowell to host aspiring teachers through an innovative service-learning program. Michael was recently selected to serve on the National Teacher Leadership Board for Generation Citizen, and he serves as a member of DESE's Civics Assessment Development Committee and Project 351's Educator Advisory Group. Michael is passionate about service and leads by example. Over the past seven years, his Service Corps club has volunteered more than 3,000 hours, collected 15,000 articles of clothing for children in need, and raised $20,000 for local and international charities. Michael is working on a graduate certificate in Holocaust and genocide studies at Salem State University. He earned his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study: History and Education Leadership from Fitchburg State University and his Master's of Education from UMass Lowell. He also brings eight years of experience in the Marine Corps to his classroom.

Former Massachusetts History Teachers of the Year

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