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Biology teacher named Educator of Distinction by NSHSS

Jun. 7, 2021 - Ryan Longley, EHS biology teacher, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to students, Longley was nominated by her former Edina student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession.

This is Longley’s seventh year in Edina Public Schools. She began as a paraprofessional in the Options program in 2012. After earning her teacher license she was hired as a science teacher.

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 award. This honor recognizes exemplary educators whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders and citizens. Longley was nominated by Liban Mohamud, who was in her biology class during the 2019-20 school year. Longley also co-facilitated a field based science trip to Yosemite National Park that Liban participated in February 2020, right before the pandemic began.

The award letter reads in part: “Your nomination as an Educator of Distinction by Liban Mohamud is a testament to the lasting impact you are making on today’s youth. This honor is presented to you because of your dedication to teaching and learning and the difference you are making as a role model, source of inspiration and leader in your profession.”

NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1.7 million members in over 170 countries.