EPISD teachers Amy Stell from Coronado High and Russell Lang from El Paso High were nominated to receive the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
The NSHSS boasts members in more than 160 countries and is dedicated to recognizing academic excellence among high-achieving scholars and educators. To qualify for the award, student members must nominate an educator they feel is deserving of the distinction.
Coronado sophomore Sydney Reiter felt her teacher and cheer coach Amy Stell more than met the criteria.
“She is such an important role model, not only in her students’ lives but also her cheerleaders’ lives,” Reiter said. “She is always compassionate and always there if you need her. She’s just a great person to talk to.”
Stell is honored by the nomination, acknowledging there is more to an educator’s job than meets the eye.
“It’s amazing. It’s always very endearing to receive thanks, whether it’s in a note or something like this,” Stell said. “There’s more to teaching than just teaching my topic. It’s teaching life lessons.”
She is proud to be able to teach in two different capacities and make an impact in her students’ lives.
“One of my former cheerleaders is now coaching at Austin,” Stell said. “She shared a message on Facebook thanking me for being her coach and having those lessons carry through into what she is doing today. It’s a great feeling to see that. She posted it for everyone to see.”