National Society of High School Scholars Announces Top Ten U.S. Educators and the Top Educator of the Year

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The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announces the 2012 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. Since the inception of the Educators of Distinction program in 2004, NSHSS has recognized more than 35,000 educators world-wide. NSHSS will also be announcing the Top Educator of the Year.

Co-Founders James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel of the National Society of High School Scholars

Co-Founders James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel of the National Society of High School Scholars

I am proud to honor these top ten educators and announce the 2012 Educator of the Year. This program embraces my family’s tradition of recognizing world class minds and supports the vision of NSHSS, said Claes Nobel.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announces the 2012 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. Since the inception of the Educators of Distinction program in 2004, NSHSS has recognized more than 35,000 educators world-wide. NSHSS will also be announcing the Top Educator of the Year.

“I am proud to honor these top ten educators and announce the 2012 Educator of the Year. This pro-gram 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,” said Claes Nobel, senior member of the Nobel family that established the Nobel Prizes, and Chair of the NSHSS Advisory Board.

A selection committee of notable academics and student leaders – including a college president, a university admissions officer, college guidance counselor, the 2011 Educator of the Year, and NSHSS student council and executive council representatives – joined NSHSS Advisory Board Chair Claes Nobel in reviewing the nominations.

Patricia Wilson, Social Studies Department Chair at Bloomington North High School in Bloomington, Indiana, is distinguished as the 2012 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year. Ms. Wilson earned a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in Science from Indiana University and has taught a variety of government and history classes. She has received numerous teaching awards, including those from the National Council for the Social Studies, the Center on Congress, Indiana University School of Education, the American Bar Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities/Indiana Humanities Council, the "Be More Awards - Excellence in Volunteerism," and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for co-sponsoring the Banneker History Project, among others. She has led the Bloomington North Habitat for Humanity chap-ter at her school since 1996, which has co-sponsored 12 homes in 12 years and raised $27,000 annually. Wilson states that her educational philosophy embraces that "emphasis must be placed on social justice, equality, equity, diversity, and global perspectives if the world's marginalized voices are to be surfaced and addressed."

The complete list of NSHSS top ten educators of 2012 in the United States is available on the NSHSS website at http://www.nshss.org/educator-of-the-year.

Presentations of the Educators of the Year awards will occur on December 1, 2012, which Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has declared as National Society of High School Scholars Day, at The Carter Center in Atlanta. The Educator of the Year will receive a $5,000 award, with other top educators earning $500 to further educational initiatives at their respective schools. This prestigious event also includes scholar-ships presentations to outstanding high school students and a panel discussion with college admissions officials followed by an exclusive college fair where students and parents will be able to meet and speak directly with university representatives. Claes Nobel is the featured speaker, sharing his family’s history and tradition of honoring great minds.

About The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)
NSHSS was established to highlight the accomplishments of high school and college students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment, as well as to foster their continued success. Since 2002, NSHSS has inducted over 800,000 diverse members from over 160 countries. NSHSS provides a wide array of member benefits that prepare students for both college and careers. For more information visit http://www.nshss.org.

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