Medical Academy Counselor Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

Medical Academy Counselor Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
Posted on 12/20/2018
Medical Academy Luz Zamora seated in student loungeLuz Zamora, a counselor at South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) South Texas Academy for Medical Professions in Olmito, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Luz was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession.

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

This is the second time Zamora, of Brownsville, has received this award. The award means a lot to her, especially given the source of her nomination. “As an educator, the most meaningful rewards one can receive are those earned through recognition from those we serve: our students! I am humbled and honored to have been nominated to receive this prestigious distinction in the short amount of time since my arrival at STISD and my new home, South Texas Academy for Medical Professions.”

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.

"Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation," said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. "Through our Educators of Distinction program and the grants we provide to support professional development and enrich classroom instruction, we hope to acknowledge and encourage the vital work of the teachers, counselors and administrators who are shaping the intellect and character of our young scholars."

South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) is one of six magnet schools in South Texas Independent School District. Medical Academy opened in 2003 emphasizing the various careers in medicine. Students develop medical and clinical skills in area hospitals and doctor’s offices. Many students earn certifications as clinical medical assistants, emergency medical technicians, patient care technicians, pharmacy technicians, phlebotomy technicians, medical lab assistants, certified ophthalmic assistants, and as registered dental assistants. For additional information, visit or call (956) 214-6100.