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Newbury Park High School Educator, Tina Huang, Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

Congratulations to Tina Huang, an educator at Newbury Park High School who was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Mrs. Huang was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession.

Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. This honor recognizes exemplary educators whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders and citizens.

Mrs. Huang is an experienced string specialist and credentialed music teacher who is continuing her ninth year as the Orchestra Director at Newbury Park High School. She holds a Masters in Music Education (with orchestra emphasis) and Bachelors in Music Performance from Northwestern University. She also holds a Masters in Education from Columbia University. She has studied with Vladimir Zyskind, Anat Malkin and Dmitry Rachmanov, James Kjelland, author of the Strictly Strings series, Dr. Victor Yampolsky and Dr. Robert Hasty in conducting. She is the founding Advisor for the NPHS Chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society , teaches IB Music and Music Fundamentals and is the founding director of the strings program at the NPHS feeder, Sequoia Middle School. 

The Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction program is named for the NSHSS Co-founder, Claes Nobel, a member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.  Mr. Nobel strongly believed that educators play a pivotal—and under-acknowledged—role in preparing students for success in school and in life. In that spirit, the Educator of Distinction program to honor and reward exemplary teachers, counselors and administrators was created.

The National Society of High School Scholars seeks to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. From attending the annual Nobel Week festivities in Stockholm, to internships with major corporations and government agencies, pre-college summer study programs, and more than $2,000,000 in exclusive scholarships awarded annually, NSHSS is continually seeking new ways to provide lifetime learning and growth opportunities for academically talented and accomplished student leaders, and the educators who support them.

As an Educator of Distinction, Mrs. Huang will be able to access special grant opportunities to attend professional conferences, pursue advanced degrees and compete for NSHSS Educator of the Year, which comes with a $5,000 cash award. 

Congratulations on this phenomenal recognition!