Paulding County High School teacher Marc Pedersen has won another national award for his work preparing students through the school’s science academy.
The National Society of High School Scholars honored 10 teachers from throughout the U.S. as 2016 Claes Nobel Educators of the Year. Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prize and chairman of the society, made the presentations during a recent ceremony at The Carter Center in Atlanta, a news release stated.
The Educators of the Year award recognizes 10 educators each year who have “demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success,” the release stated.
Since the society established the Educators of Distinction program in 2004, the organization has recognized more than 38,000 educators around the globe. This year’s 10 recipients were selected out of 48 nominees, the release stated.
The Claes Nobel Top Educator of the Year, history teacher Brian Rodriguez of the Alameda Science & Technology Institute in Alameda, Calif., was awarded $5,000 to further his professional and educational goals. The other nine winners, including Pedersen, received $500 grants.
Pedersen teaches a variety of subjects, including biology, chemistry, and physics, within the Academy of Science, Research and Medicine at Paulding County High. He has served as lead science teacher in the academy since its establishment in 2012.
He is a former wildlife biologist and taught at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee for eight years before moving to Paulding County High in 2005.
In September, President Barack Obama named Pedersen among four Georgia math and science teachers and 213 nationwide as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Pedersen also was a 2016 BioGENEius Mentor National award winner and a member of Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2016 Teacher Advisory Committee. He was Paulding County School’s District’s 2013 Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year.
Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennials through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. NSHSS members become lifetime members. For more information visit www.nshss.org.
The other winners of $500 grants included AP calculus teacher Thelvie Cullins Jr. of Dallas, Texas; science teacher Antonios Ekatomatis of Silver Spring, Md.; science teacher Jessie Good of Kohler, Wisc.; history of the Americas teacher Michael Lindblad of Gresham, Ore.; English teacher Vicki McGuigan of Bronx, N.Y.; math teacher Gary Piercey of Oklahoma City, Okla.; science teacher Wendy Wooten of Reseda, Calif.; and history teacher James Young Jr. of Battle Creek, Mich.