Goodrich Academy Science Teacher Honored with Miller Award

June 8, 2018 GMT

By Chad Garner

Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise

FITCHBURG -- Sara Goguen, a veteran science teacher at Goodrich Academy in Fitchburg, is this year’s recipient of the Joel D. Miller Award.

This annual award is presented by the alumni association of Fitchburg State University to a graduate with more than 10 years teaching experience.

Eligibility criteria includes “unselfish devotion to the profession and exerted an influence of good among his/her students.”

Also, the nominee must have demonstrated originality in his or her profession.

“I’m really surprised and honored by this award,” Goguen said. “I was just honored to be nominated by my principal.”


Goodrich Academy Principal Alexis Curry said: “Goguen is someone who clearly exemplifies the many fine qualities that Mr. Miller espoused. She is a truly gifted educator who is entirely committed to the teaching profession.”

School Superintendent Andre Ravenelle had high praise for Goguen.

“Sara exemplifies the best of teacher qualities: A strong knowledge of science content, a dynamic teaching style to convey it and a love of the students who are fortunate enough to have her as a partner in their education,” he said. “We are so proud to have Sara in our teaching staff and congratulate her on this honor.”

Due to Ms. Goguen’s efforts, Goodrich Academy received a $105,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Science Center for a new state-of-the-art science lab at Goodrich Academy.

Goguen is the only science teacher at the school.

Goguen is the mother of two children in Fitchburg Public Schools. She was honored at the Fitchburg School Committee meeting on Monday at Memorial Middle School.

Garner is the school district’s Family and Community Partnership Champion.