McKinney Boyd High School Latin teacher Jennifer Jarnagin recently received a pleasant surprise in the mail.

She opened an envelope and found a letter from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) informing Jarnagin that she had been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.

Jarnagin became eligible for the award when she was nominated by former student Glen Tinoco, who cited her outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.

“I was truly touched to find out not only that Glen had nominated me for this award, but that I had won. I am so grateful to be recognized for my work,” said Jarnagin. “I am passionate about education and strive to empower my students; knowing that I've helped to make a difference is truly indescribable. I want to thank Glen for taking the time to think of me, and I hope he knows how lucky I feel to get to teach great kids like him.”

 Student members of NSHSS may nominate teachers who have made the most significant impact on them academically. The award is granted to teachers who serve as positive role models, inspiring their students to pursue excellence. 

“Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation,” said NSHSS President James Lewis. “We’re excited to provide an ongoing means to do so, and we encourage our members to nominate teachers who have contributed to their academic success.”

According to its website, NSHSS “recognizes excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their unique talents, vision and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world.” NSHSS boasts more than 650,000 members in 120 countries.

About the author: Shane Mauldin is a MISD communications specialist.