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 NSHSS annual holiday member event held in Atlanta, Georgia. Educators of Distinction will be invited annually to apply for the award.

2016 Claes Nobel Educators of the Year

Educators of the Past Years

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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