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Physics Teacher Receives Inaugural Teaching Excellence Award

Charles Miller Twomey
Charles Miller, Physics teacher is awarded the Twomey Family Teaching Excellence Award.

Saint John’s Prep Physics Teacher Charles Miller has been named as the first recipient of the Twomey Family Teaching Excellence Award. The honor, created and endowed by the family of Darla and Chris ’66 Twomey, recognizes the extraordinary commitment our faculty make to their students, to the school, to their discipline, and to their profession. Mr. Miller was nominated for the award by his colleagues and students. In addition to the recognition, Mr. Miller will receive a $5,000 award.

Mr. Miller teaches physics and astronomy at Saint John’s Prep. He joined the Prep faculty in 2005. He is also the varsity Esports coach, including the Variant, Rocket League, and League of Legends teams. During his time at Prep, Mr. Miller has also coached the tennis and Knowledge Bowl teams- earning 5 state KB championship titles! Mr. Miller says he loves teaching at Saint John’s Prep because the students are such dynamic, inquisitive kids.

Here are a few of the nominations from Mr. Miller’s students and colleagues
as well as several Prep parents:

Charles is passionate and excited about his content and his students. Students enjoy his classes because of his passion for science and his ability to engage everyone in his lessons. Even students who don’t begin the year enjoying physics end up loving it due to Charles’ passion.

Charles inspires a limitless potential in all students – taking the time to give individualized opportunities to students.

Charles demonstrates great empathy for students every day and takes the time to tune-in to their feelings and behaviors. He welcomes students to hang out in his classroom to connect with him during his open periods and during lunch – consistently every day.
Students know he cares deeply about them as people.

“Even when I didn’t believe in myself, Mr. Miller always believed in me.”

The Twomey Family Teaching Excellence Award values passion for student learning; inspiration, creativity, and innovation; and integrity, compassion, and excellence, each deeply rooted in our Catholic Benedictine values. Since its founding, Saint John’s Preparatory School has provided exceptional education in the Catholic Benedictine tradition. Our faculty dedicate themselves to the educational development and personal formation of our students – preparing them for meaningful lives of purpose, service, and achievement.  

Saint John’s Prep will begin our 167th school year on August 23 for grades 6-12. Saint John’s Prep is ranked as the top Catholic School in Minnesota in 2023 by Prep students come from 20 different Minnesota cities and towns and 14 countries. The Prep campus is surrounded by 2,900-acres of lakes prairies and woods, alongside Saint John’s University and Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Busing and scholarships are available. For more information visit