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DANBURY Tech teacher of the year

November 9, 2018

DANBURY — Danbury High School educator Sterling Miller has been named the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year by the Connecticut Technology Engineering Education Association.

Miller teaches technology classes and leads Hatters TV, which gives hundreds of viewers access to live streams of high school sports to parent events to school board meetings that they might not otherwise get to see.

“We are so fortunate to have teachers like Mr. Miller in our schools,” said Superintendent Sal Pascarella. “Mr. Miller wears many hats at DHS: He produces videos of school events and meetings and offers students invaluable hands-on experience working in the field.

“He is very well-liked by colleagues and students alike with his approachable demeanor and outstanding professional attitude,” he said. “He fosters the kind of growth that will help prepare students for both college and career after high school.”

Miller received the “remarkable honor” from his Connecticut colleagues at an event this week and will take the stage in March to accept the award at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association conference in Kansas City, said Gregory Kane, liaison between the Connecticut and international associations.

Each year the Connecticut Technology Engineering Education Association selects one middle school teacher, one high school teacher and a school program from around the state to honor.

Through Hatters TV, students gain experience running online, live-stream broadcasts and makes meetings with top district leaders and their elected officials more accessible for families who can’t make meetings in person.

Earlier this year, he published an augmented reality book to help children engage with STEM concepts at an earlier age. Children and their parents can read the printed book together with a smartphone to reveal interactive STEM explanations, videos, sounds, animations and activities throughout the book.

DHS technology teacher Erik Savoyski joked that Miller’s range from video production club adviser to TV producer and graphic artist to “Faculty Barbecue Team Member.”

“In every instance, Sterling Miller is of service to both our department and our school. I am proud to call him a classroom colleague and esteemed friend,” Savoyski said.

zach.murdock@hearstmediact.com

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