ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School (RHS) Special Education Teacher Karen D’Amico was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

A role model to pupils, D'Amico was nominated by RHS junior Victoria Cotero.

In a congratulatory letter to D'Amico, Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established Nobel Prizes, said, “Your nomination as an Educator of Distinction by Victoria Cotero is a testament to the lasting impact you are making on today’s youth. This honor is presented to you because of your dedication to teaching and learning and the difference you are making as a role model, source of inspiration and leader in your profession. NSHSS encourages young people around the globe to strive for excellence and to embrace their responsibility as our future world leaders. As an educator, you play a critical role in their success.”

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Each year, student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. This honor recognizes exemplary educators whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders, and citizens.

The Educator of Distinction program embraces the tradition of recognizing world-class minds and supports the vision of NSHSS to connect its members with meaningful content, resources and personal networks.

“Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation,” said NSHSS President James Lewis. “Through our Educators of Distinction program and the grants we provide to support professional development and enrich classroom instruction, we hope to acknowledge and encourage the vital work of the teachers, counselors, and administrators who are shaping the intellect and character of our young scholars.”

As an Educator of Distinction, D'Amico is eligible to apply for grants to attend professional conferences, pursue advanced degrees and enhance the delivery of classroom instruction. Educators of Distinction may also apply for the Claes Nobel Educator of the Year, which is an award that provides $5,000 to one educator and $1,000 to nine other recipients for the impact one makes on its young future leaders.