Susanne Mitko is recognized by the International Academy of Science for her contribution to the Acellus Grade 6 Social Studies course. With more than 25 years of experience as a Social Studies educator, Ms. Mitko has taught at Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Town, Visitation School, Youth Ambassadors of Kansas City, and Campbell Middle School. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Professor of Special Methods/Middle School Social Studies at Avila University since 1998, a capacity in which she still serves. Ms. Mitko was selected for cultural exchange with an El Salvadorian sister city in 1998, a Chinese sister school in 2007, and a Japanese sister school in 2009. In 2005 she received teacher recognition from the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and was listed on the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers. She was elected to her school’s leadership team in 2007, and received a teacher recognition from Missouri Scholars Academy in 2008. In 2009 Ms. Mitko received a Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Teaching Award and was selected as Lee’s Summit’s Teacher of the Year. She was Missouri’s Teacher of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year, has been a National Board Certified Teacher of Middle School Social Studies from 2010 to the present, and received the Judicial Civics Award from the Missouri Supreme Court in 2016. Actively working to improve the quality of social studies education, Ms. Mitko served from 2014 to 2016 as a member of the Committee to Develop Secondary Social Studies Curriculum for the State of Missouri. From 2012 to the present, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Ambassadors of Kansas City. From 2011 to the present, she has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Education Department at Avila University. In 2010 she was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court’s Civic Education Committee as the sole teacher to the core committee and various sub-committees, a position she continues to fill.