Jody Zepp, Long Reach High School teacher and 2014-2015 Maryland Teacher of the Year, has added another award to her list.
On Saturday, she was presented with the National Society of High School Scholars' Educator of the Year award by Claes Nobel, the society's chairman and a member of the family that established the Nobel Prize. The ceremony took place at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
As winner of the award, selected from ten teachers who are members of this year's Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction program, Zepp received $5,000 for professional development.
"I am very proud to honor these ten outstanding educators who have continuously encouraged students to strive for excellence," Nobel said about the Educators of Distinction. "These educators serve as remarkable role models in their schools and communities, and uphold the NSHSS mission of helping to advance the goals and aspirations of their students."
Zepp, an alumni of McDaniel College in Westminster, is an instructional team leader for social studies at Long Reach High. She previously taught government and psychology at Hammond High School.
The National Society of High School Scholars was founded in 2002 by Nobel and James Lewis to recognize academic excellence at the high school level and to "advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millenials through unique learning experiences, scholarship, internship, international study and peer networks," according to the Society's website.