October 26, 2023, Tammy Ripley was deemed a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NHSS). Ripley was nominated for the award by Kasiah Shelton, a student who took notice of Ripley’s outstanding commitment and dedication to excellence in educating and guiding her students.
Founded in 2002 by Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, and James W. Lewis, the NSHSS recognizes academic excellence at the high school level, helping to advance the aspirations and goals of high-achieving students, as well as educators. Educators who receive the Educator of Distinction award are recognized as outstanding role models and exemplary practitioners who have made a lasting impact on a student’s life via encouraging them to strive just for excellence in all avenues of life, including academics.
Each year, student members of the NSHSS are invited to nominate an educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. Those selected to receive the award are recognized for their passion and devotion to helping students grow and develop as citizens, scholars, and leaders.
“Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation,” stated James W. Lewis, President of the NSHSS. “Through our Educators of Distinction program and the grants we provide to support professional development and enrich classroom instruction, we hope to acknowledge the vital work of the teachers, counselors and administrators who are shaping the intellect and character of our young scholars.”
“I was shocked when I opened the award,” stated Ripley. “I had no idea that Kasiah Shelton nominated me. “I think this will remind me that every day, I do make a positive impact on my students.” In addition, Ripley revealed that “I admit that some days I leave school feeling very defeated. I feel like I don't make a difference, but when awards like this come along then it makes those bad days melt away in my memory. I am honored to be recognized as an educator of distinction and work for a fabulous school system like Hamblen County.” Ripley concluded with a celebratory “Go Trojans!”