Barlow teacher Lee Skalkos named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

Lee Skalkos, left, and student Devon DeLallo of Redding work on a project in the metalsmithing class at Joel Barlow High School. Devon nominated Ms. Skalkos for the award.

Lee Skalkos, art teacher at Joel Barlow High School, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Ms. Skalkos was nominated by student Devon DeLallo for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Student members of NSHSS have the opportunity to nominate the educator who made the most significant contribution to their academic careers. The Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award recognizes teacher role models who have made a lasting difference in their classroom by encouraging students to strive for excellence.

“She’s my favorite teacher,” Devon said. “She really takes the time to know every student.”

The Educator of Distinction award is named in honor of the society’s founder, Claes Nobel, a relative of Peace Prize namesake Alfred Nobel.

The program began in 2004 to recognize the contributions of teachers to students’ achievements. There are more than 30,000 educators of distinction. Teachers must be nominated for the prize by a student whose grades qualify them to be a member of the society.

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