Miles Macleod named 2016-17 Wake County Teacher of the Year

Miles Macleod, Heritage High School.
Miles Macleod, Heritage High School. Courtesy of Wake County Schools

Miles Macleod, an English and global studies teacher at Heritage High School, was named the Wake County school system’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Macleod has taught at Heritage High in Wake Forest for six years. Before that, he taught English as a foreign language (EFL) and test preparation for EFL to middle school students in South Korea. He also trained new teachers in those areas.

“He spends each and every day dedicated to ensuring that his students are inspired to prepare themselves well for graduation and to succeed in their life goals,” Wake Superintendent Jim Merrill said in a written statement. “And his peers – as well as his students – recognize that he is remarkable at what he does.”

One of Macleod’s many efforts at Heritage is Project Wisdom, an international service-learning organization he co-founded. In 2014, Macleod led a group of Heritage students on a trip to the African nation of Ghana.

Macleod also has been instrumental in speech and debate programs at Heritage and throughout the district.

In his Teacher of the Year application, Macleod said that “it takes sacrifice and constant reflection to set a good example” to get student excited about learning.

Macleod will receive a prize package that includes a $1,000 check. He will now compete in the state Teacher of the Year program.

Also on Wednesday, Jessica Duke of Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh, Amanda Hall of East Garner Middle School and Caroline Olson of Broughton High School in Raleigh were recognized as winners of Wake County’s Diane Kent-Parker First Year Teacher Award.