Dana Kelly, a business and career teacher at Central High School Magnet Career Academy (Jefferson County), was named a Top Ten 2018 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) on Aug. 4.

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes 10 exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success. These educators, who are all members of the Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction program, were selected by a committee of their peers. Since the inception of the Educators of Distinction program in 2004, NSHSS has recognized more than 40,000 educators worldwide.

“My philosophy is always imbedded in the lessons and projects that I create for my students,” said Kelly. “I strive to provide the best educational experience for my students; as if my own child were sitting in the class.”

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, 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 students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks.