NSHSS Educator of the Year awards are presented to 10 stellar educators who have demonstrated an outstanding and noteworthy commitment to preparing their students for success inside and outside of the classroom.
ATLANTA (PRWEB) January 10, 2023
Every outstanding educator has a teaching method to make their classroom an equitable, safe, and challenging space for their students. To showcase some of these winning approaches, National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) invited educators from across the country to tap into their own unique teaching styles and give other teachers inspiration. Now, NSHSS, the premier honors and scholarship program, has announced its 10 annual Claes Nobel Educators of the Year Award recipients.
These awards are presented to 10 stellar educators who have demonstrated an outstanding and noteworthy commitment to preparing their students for success inside and outside of the classroom. They are role models who consistently demonstrate leadership.
“The past few years have been the most challenging ever for our nation’s teachers, yet this year’s winners and finalists more than overcame those odds. The innovation, diversity, and commitment they demonstrated in their applications made it a challenge to select just ten,” said NSHSS Co-founder, James Lewis. “These individuals represent the finest in education and are role models for their students, fellow teachers, and school communities.”
To be eligible for Educators of the Year, candidates must currently be working within a public or private high school in the United States or abroad. In applying, educators are asked to describe their teaching philosophy, their passion for education, and the impact teaching has on them and their students. NSHSS selects one $5,000 award winner and nine $1,000 finalists.
The recipients of the 2022 Educators of the Year Award are:
NSHSS Educator of the Year
Jose Rivas of Lennox Math, Science, and Technology Academy – Lennox, CA
When Jose Rivas transitioned from the field of mechanical engineering into teaching, he promised to provide his students with the best education possible and with resources and opportunities that would rival universities. As a Latino educator, he also promised to ensure all his students saw themselves as scientists and engineers. Now, he inspires, supports, and motivates them to pursue careers in STEM and bring their voices into professions with little representation from minority groups.
NSHSS Educator of the Year Finalists
- Gigi Azam of Crockett High School – Austin, TX
- Tyler Dufrene of Hahnville High School – Boutte, LA
- Bob Fenster of Hillsborough High School – Hillsborough, NJ
- Matthew Hummel of Delaware County Christian School – Newtown Square, PA
- Joseph Lamar of Shiloh High School – Snellville, GA
- Gloria Masterton of Legion Collegiate Academy – Rock Hill, SC
- Shawn Mitchell of DuVal High School – Lanham, MD
- Kimberly Phinney of Cambridge Christian School – Tampa, FL
- Benjamin Straka of Stillwater Area High School – Stillwater, MN
About National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS):
NSHSS is the premier honors and scholarship program co-founded by Claes Nobel, the senior member of the Nobel Prize family, and James Lewis. NSHSS offers a lifetime of benefits, pairing the highest performing students worldwide with high school and college scholarships, events, connections, internships, and career opportunities that begin in high school and carry on through college and careers. For more information, visit https://www.nshss.org/.