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Educator of the Year

Recognizing Outstanding Educators

Among the education stars recognized as Educators of Distinction, a few shine bright above the rest. In 2011, NSHSS established the Claes Nobel Educator of the Year Award to spotlight their accomplishments. According to Mr. Nobel, NSHSS co-founder and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, “The Claes Nobel Educator of the Year program embraces my family’s tradition of recognizing world class minds and supports the vision of NSHSS to help students build on academic success and grow the skills and desire to have a positive impact in the global community.”

Each year, Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction are invited to apply for the Educator of the Year award, which is presented at the annual NSHSS Scholar's Day member event held in Washington D.C. Educators of Distinction will be invited annually to apply for the award.

Please note that NSHSS educators are eligible to receive one NSHSS grant per academic year. The Educator of the Year award of USD $5,000 may be received once every 5 years.

2019 Claes Nobel Educators of the Year

Meet our Claes Nobel Educator of the Year Award recipients! We’d like to recognize these educators for their outstanding efforts in supporting and growing both the academic and personal successes of their students to make a positive impact in the global community.

Educators of the Past Years

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2019 Top Educator of the Year: Sofia Gonzalez, J S Morton High School East, Cicero, IL

2019 Educator of the Year Finalists:

Cristin Calder, Archbishop McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches, FL

Davida Robinson, Uplift Peak Preparatory, Dallas, TX

Jason Schrock, Howell High School, Howell, MI

Meredith McCullough, Kenai Central High School, Kenai, AK

Sean Pang, Rockville High School, Rockville, MD

Sean Russell, Manchester Central High School, Manchester, NH

Stephanie Lopez, Preparatory Academy for Writers, Queens, NY

Tiffany Bernier, Valencia High School, Valencia, CA

Tracy Bates, Norman North High School, Norman, OK

2018 Top Educator of the Year Christine Fryer; MLK - Educational Campus High School for Law Advocacy and Community Justice, New York, NY

Mary Buehner; Ashley Ridge High School, Summerville, SC

Ashley Butler; Pickens High School, Pickens, SC

Diana Gano; Glenda Dawson High School, Pearland, TX

Tiffany Jackson; Travis Early College High School, San Antonio, TX

Dana Kelly; Central High School MCA, Louisville, KY

Michele Lamons-Raiford; Pinole Valley High, Pinole, CA

Dawn Lister; Calvert High School, Prince Frederick, MD

Frances Meetze; Mid-Carolina High School, Prosperity, SC

Kathleen Williams; Lake Weir High School, Ocala, FL

2017 Top Educator of the Year Joyce Kim; Prospect High School, Mount Prospect, IL

Thelvie Cullins, Jr.; School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Magnet Center, Dallas, TX

Kelly Eddy; Churchill High School, Livonia, MI

Bob Fenster; Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough, NJ

McKenzie Lueders; Dodge City High School, Dodge City, KS

Jo-Ann McCauley; Wesleyan School, Norcross, GA

Rebecca Nelson; Oswego East High School, Oswego, IL

Cate Praggastis; East High School, Salt Lake City, UT

Tad Sours; Haas Hall Academy - Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR

Christopher Wendelin; Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Palos Hills, IL

2016 Top Educator of the Year Brian Rodriguez; Alameda Science & Technology Institute, Alameda, CA

Thelvie Cullins, Jr.; School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Magnet Center, Dallas, TX

Antonios Ekatomatis; Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD

Jessie Good; Kohler High School, Kohler, WI

Michael Lindblad; Gresham High School, Gresham, OR

Vicki McGuigan; The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY

Marc Pedersen; Paulding County High School, Dallas, GA

Gary Piercey; Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Wendy Wooten; Reseda High School, Reseda, CA

James Young; Battle Creek Central High School, Battle Creek, MI

2015 Top Educator of the Year Jody Zepp; Long Reach High School, Columbia, MD

Jennifer Cullison; Woodland High School, Woodland, WA

Cindy Cunningham; Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology, Petersburg, VA

Dana Krejcarek; Kohler High School, Kohler, WI

Marni Landry; Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ

Stergios Lazos; St. Edward High School, Lakewood, OH

Margaret Mitchell; Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ

Regina O'Neal; Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, East Boston, MA

Mary Katherine Parson; Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, AK

Samuel Saenz; East Early College High School, Houston, TX

2014 Top Educator of the Year Eric Thiel; Amador Valley High, Pleasanton, CA

Amy Baker; Frenship High School, Wolfforth, TX

Kenneth Bernstein; Cantonsville High School, Cantonsville, MD

John Carnesecca; Great Oaks High School, Temecula, CA

Ana Castro; DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY

Ronald Hamme; Upper Dauphin Area High School, Elizabethville, PA

Michael Madden; William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land, TX

Audrey Schindler McDonald; East Boston High School, East Boston, MA

Shane Scott; Jerusalem School, Jerusalem, Israel

Erin Smith; Spring Ridge Academy, Spring Valley, AZ

2013 Top Educator of the Year Brian McDonald; Charles E. Jordan High School, Durham, NC

Erin Johnston; South Caldwell High School, Hudson, NC

Dana Kling; Brookwood High School, Snellville, GA

Dr. Teresita Lemus; John A. Ferguson Senior High, Miami, FL

Susan New; Trinity High School, Euless, TX

David Quinn; Edmonds-Woodway High School, Edmonds, WA

Laurel Spradley; Earl Warren High School, San Antonio, TX

Camilla Walck; Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA

David Williams; Valley View High School, Moreno Valley, CA

Glenn Yamasaki; Warren High School, Downey, CA

2012 Top Educator of the Year Patricia Wilson; Bloomington High School North, Bloomington, IN

James Brooks; West Wilkes High School, Millers Creek, NC

Beth Bynarowicz; Legacy High School, Broomfield, CO

Lewis Cobbs; Randolph School, Huntsville, AL

Tami Fitzgerald; West Muskingum High School, Zanesville, OH

Debra Liberman; George Washington High School, Philadelphia, PA

Judy Ritter; North Springs High School, Roswell, GA

Brian Rodriquez; Encinal High School, Alameda, CA

Melissa Tobin; Methuen High School, Methuen, MA

Mark Vondracek; Evanston Township High School, Gurnee, IL

James B. Carmicle; Hollywood High School, Los Angeles, CA