MCSS Awards and Teacher Recognition

Annual Awards of Excellence

The Commonwealth possesses some of the most talented and committed teachers in the nation. They deserve recognition!  Earning an MCSS Award can be a real boost to the spirit and profile of a teacher, their department and their school. This recognition is broadcast via media by MCSS. 

Each year the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies presents Awards of Excellence in a variety of social studies areas to educators from across the Commonwealth.  Teachers, administrators, and museum educators at all levels are eligible for recognition.  

View a full description of each award category here.  The application window opens in February.

    2024 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

    The pictures below were taken at our May 2, 2024 Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Marlborough.

    Angelisa Cole

    Lynn Vocational Technical Institute

    William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies (right, with her nominator)

    Michael Feeney Falmouth Public Schools

    Charles Mitsakos Award for Outstanding Supervisor Award
    (left, with his nominator)

    Brennan Tierney

    Mohawk Trail Regional School, Shelburne Falls

    Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher
    (left, with his nominator) 

    Kelly Trayers

    Scituate High School

    Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher
    (left, with her nominator) 

     

    Luke Maus

    Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Lynn

    Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civic Education  (right, with his nominator)

     

    Kristen Gallas

    Tsongas Industrial History Center

    Debra Miller Award for Excellence in Museum Education 
    (right, with her nominator)

    June Gustafson 

    Hingham Middle School

    William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies  

    Elizabeth Sheptyck Monomoy Regional School District

    William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

    Past recipients of the MCSS Excellence in Teaching Awards

    2023

    William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

    • Steve Scully – Westford Academy
    • Nate Everett – Sandwich High School

    William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

    • Shaina Byrne – Gibbs School, Arlington

    Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civic Education

    • Joe Jussaume – Lowell High School
    • Tom Trainor – Rindge Avenue Upper School, Cambridge 

    John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

    • Erika Guckenberger – McCall Middle School, Winchester

    Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

    • Lauren Knight – Silver Lake Regional High School

    Debra Miller Award for Excellence in Museum Education

    • Kate Melchior – Massachusetts Historical Society

      2022

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

      • Erin Powers – Framingham High School
      • Sarah Casey – Marlborough High School

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Kerri Devin – Pierce Middle School, Milton

      George Watson Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

      • Ann Hennessey – Chicopee High School
      • Patrick Kiley – Marlborough High School

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civic Education

      • Rachel Barnes – Monomoy Regional High School

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography High School Level

      • Thomas Smith – Middleboro High School

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Level

      • Caroline Cadel – Whitcomb Middle School, Marlborough

      Richard Aieta award for Promising New Teacher

      • Alexander Uryga – Matignon High School, Cambridge

      Debra Miller Award for Excellence in Museum Education

      • L’Merchie Frazier – Museum of African American History

      Recognition of Department/team Excellence in Teaching Social Studies

      • Shauna Delaney, Clayton Hobart, Christopher Lowe, Emily Welton-Reis, Jose Reyes, Jill Morin – Whitcomb Middle School, Marlborough

      Friend of Social Studies Award

      • Representative Andres X. Vargas – 3rd Essex District

      2021

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching High School Social Studies

      • Mike Eromin – Canton High School
      • Melissa Heeden – Mansfield High School

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Stephen Guerriero – High Rock Middle School, Needham 

      Barbara Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Social Studies

      • Laurie Risler – Westfield State University
      • Bridget D’Agostino – Benjamin J. Phelps Elementary School, Agawam 

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civic Education 

      • Jessica Lander –Lowell High School

      Recognition of Department/team Excellence in Teaching Social Studies Award 

      • Norton High School Social Studies Department 

      MCSS Service Award 

      • Jay Peledge – Hanscom Middle School, Lincoln

      2020

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

      • Adda Maria Santos – Somerville High School

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Christina Robles and Kelly Ransom – Mansfield Middle School

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics

      • Molly Uppenkamp – Norwood High School

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

      • Sarah Cannon – Weymouth Middle School

      Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

      • Duncan MacLaury – Cambridge Ridge and Latin

      Charles Mitsakos Supervisor Award

      • Denton Conklin – Arlington Public Schools

      Janna Bremer Friend of Social Studies Award

      • David Buchanan – iCivics

      Recognition of Excellence in Teaching Social Studies Award (Dept or Team)

      • Social Studies Department – Hingham High School

      2019

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

      • Heather Willinger – Scituate High School

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Jaimee Martin – West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High

      Barbara Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Teaching

      • Carolyne DiClementi

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civic Education

      • Kaitlin Moran – Brighton High School

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

      • Janice Fairchild – Hanscom Middle School, Hanscom AFB Lincoln Public Schools

      Richard Aieta Award Promising New Teacher

      • Alex Hoyt – Quinn Middle School Hudson

      Richard Aieta Award Promising New Teacher

      • Beatriz Motto – Rindge Avenue Upper School – Cambridge Public Schools

      Charles Mitsakos Award Outstanding Supervisor Award

      • Janna Bremer – Virginia Turner – Barnstable Public Schools
        Friend of Social Studies Award
      • Senator Harriet Chandler

      2018

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

      • Natalia Cuadra-Saez – Snowden International School, Boston

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies 

      • Barbara Fine – Walsh Middle School, Framingham

      Barbara Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Social Studies 

      • Karen Engels, Graham & Parks School

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics 

      • Michael Neagle – Pyne Arts Middle School, Lowell

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography 

      • Celeste Reynolds – Mashpee High School

      Ricard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

      • Farah DiPasquale – Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge

      Charles Mitsakos Supervisor Award

      • Gorman Lee – Braintree High School 

      Janna Bremer Friend of Social Studies Award

      • Kathleen Barker – Massachusetts Historical Society

      2017

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching High School Social Studies

      • Donald Franke

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Alison Sancinito

      Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

      • Gisel Saillant

      George C. Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

      • Brendan Kells

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

      • Georgeann Bossers

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics Education

      • Kevin Dua

      Janna Bremer Friend of Social Studies Award

      • Dr. Stephen Kenney

      2016

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching High School Social Studies

      • Caitlin Murphy

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Jenny Chung

      Barbara J. Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies at the Elementary Level

      • Bernadine Lormilus

      Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

      • Jessica Lander

      George C. Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

      • Michael Welch

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

      • Chris Mahoney, Andrew Garrity, Eric Bakke

       Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics Education

      • Kelley Brown

       Janna Bremer Friend of Social Studies Award

      • Richard Cairn

      2015

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching High School Social Studies

      • Moncrieff Cochran, Sean Smith, Robin Wanosky, Moncrieff Cochran/APUSH Team Weston High School

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Daniel Bracken/Silver Lake Regional Middle School, Kingston

      Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

      • Cynthia Massillon – Somerville High School

      Charles Mitsakos Supervisor Award

      • James Kirkcaldy – Hingham High School

      George C. Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

      • Ian MacKay – Arlington High School

      John Reilly Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

      • Steven Herbert – Plymouth South Middle School

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civics Education

      • Kristine Forsgard – Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro 

      Janna Bremer Friend of Social Studies Award

      • Jaime Gass – Pioneer Institute

      2013

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary

      • June Murray – Hudson High School

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School

      • Eric Mendoza – Saint Columbkille Partnership School

      Barbara Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary School

      • Natacha Scott – Josiah Quincy Elementary School

      John Riley Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

      • Rachel Killian – Dr. Robert G. O’Donnell Middle School

      George G. Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

      • Richard Donnelly – Bedford High School

      Charles Mitsakos Outstanding Supervisor Award

      • Edward Belbin – Westborough H.S.

      Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

      • Christina Baron – Mansfield Public School

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civic Education

      • Brett Duncan – Ashburnham-Westminster School District

      2012

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Secondary Social Studies

      • June Murray – Hudson High School, Hudson, MA

      William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Social Studies

      • Eric Mendoza – Saint Columbkille Partnership School,Brighton, MA

      Barbara Capron Award for Excellence in Elementary Teaching

      • No nomination

      John Riley Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography

      • Rachel Killian – Dr. Robert G. O’Donnell Middle School, Stoughton, MA

      George G. Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics

      • Richard Donnelly – Bedford High School, Bedford, MA

      Charles Mitsakos Outstanding Supervisor Award

      • Edward Belbin – Westborough High School, Westborough, MA

      Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher

      • Christina Baron – Mansfield Public School, Mansfield, MA

      Don Salvucci Award for Excellence in Promoting Civic Education

      • Brett Duncan, Ashburnham – Westminster School District, Ashburnham, MA