Thursday, June 20, 2019
Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education honors select educators as Massachusetts Teachers of the Year for their areas of expertise. I am pleased to share with you that Michael Neagle of North Andover, a History and Civics Teacher at Pyne Arts Magnet School in Lowell, was announced today at a State House ceremony as the “Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year”.
Michael is committed to providing authentic and meaningful learning opportunities for all students. His colleagues refer to him as an “evangelist for civics education”. Rather than just learn about civics, his students engage in it. They’ve 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. This spring, Michael’s students worked to file legislation to address the youth vaping epidemic. 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. He also brings eight years of experience in the Marine Corps to his classroom.