CARY — Luke Miles was named the Wake County school systems 2013 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony on Thursday.
Miles, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Durant Road Middle School, was one of 12 finalists for the honor. Hes been a teacher for three years, all at Durant Road in North Raleigh.
Luke Miles is a third generation teacher, Interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey said in a written statement. His father and grandparents taught. From them he learned the importance of teaching academics, as well as the importance of caring for our students, listening to them and treating them with kindness and consideration.
Miles was praised for using the flip the classroom technique in which instead of giving lectures he records short videos explaining the material his students need to know. The students then spend the rest of the class engaged in activities that let them go deeper into the material.
What makes him different is his innovation and calculated risk-taking which reap tremendous results and rewards from his students, said Durant Principal Drew Sawyer in a written statement.
Miles will receive a prize package that includes a $1,000 check. He will now compete in the state Teacher of the Year program.