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Monday, January 05, 2015

Top 10 Educators of 2014: Shane Scott

NSHSS is pleased to highlight our 2014 Claes Nobel Educators of the Year, presented to ten exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. These ten educators are among NSHSS’s student-nominated Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction program that recognizes educators who model best practices in teaching, are a positive influence for students and peers, and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education, as well as community engagement. Since the inception of the Educators of Distinction program in 2004, NSHSS has recognized more than 38,000 educators worldwide. 

Shane Scott   NSHSS2014_590

Shane Scott

Director, Strategy & Sustainability

Jerusalem School, Jerusalem, Israel

Shane Scott was recently honored at the NSHSS member event held at The Carter Center in Atlanta as one of the 2014 Top Ten Claes Nobel Educators of the Year. Mr. Scott has over 18 years of experience in education serving as a principal both nationally and internationally. He has also worked as a business consultant for over 11 years, assisting in the development and sustainability of several organizations. Mr. Scott has served as the Co-Manager of Lawndale Christian Development Corporation in Chicago, as the Regional Director of Development at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and as the principal of the Jerusalem School and LifeSkills Center in Fort Myers, FL. In addition to fulfilling his current role at the Jerusalem School, Mr. Scott is a consultant –and also the Founder and CEO –of ImpruvED, Inc. Mr. Scott has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and also a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Scott believes that education is an individual’s most valuable asset. Instead of merely exposing his students to educational material, Mr. Scott guides his students in their work to find their own solution, a skill that students will exercise in their daily lives and for years following his course. He also stresses the strategic use of one’s time, using the acronym TIME, “Talent, Intellect, Materials, and Energy.” He explains, “This is my passion as an educator: to help learners recognize the TIME they have been entrusted with and how it is inexorably intertwined with their innate curiosity, wild imagination, and desire to succeed. As their facilitator of knowledge acquisition and its wise application, I view success to be when my students learn with passion, lead with compassion, and live with integrity.”

Mr. Scott’s nominating student writes, “He deserves to be nominated because he is one of the only people that was able to show me the way and how to learn. He taught me invaluable lessons for my future.” This student’s remarks reflect Mr. Scott’s desire to continuously educate youths internationally. Mr. Scott works each day with hopes of improving the lives of “generations to come whose words of gratitude we may never hear.”