Wisconsin High School Science Teacher Gets Nobel Award of Her Own

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teachers can’t always be sure of the impact they have on students but Hudson High School science teacher Vickie McLaughlin got a pretty good indication from one of hers.

McLaughlin has been named a 2012 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars, and yes, it was founded by a member of Nobel family famous for its awards to scientists, authors, statesmen and philosophers. She was nominated for the award by one of her former students, Ryan Mitchell, who was named a NSHSS scholar in 2011 and was last year’s HHS valedictorian. He now attends the University of California in Berkeley.

McLaughlin said she was surprised to receive both the nomination and the award. She said it is enough for her to know that students like Mitchell are taking their education to the next level.

McLaughlin teaches advanced placement physics and chemistry and enriched physics. While she always enjoyed science, she didn’t see herself as a teacher. “I was pretty shy and saw myself working in a lab doing research. But I did some tutoring and really enjoyed it and after moving here from Indiana decided to get my teaching license.”

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