Science teacher named Top 10 High School Educator of the Year
Stillwater Area High School teacher Ben Straka has been selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of the Year. Straka, who teaches astronomy and biology, was one of just 10 teachers across the country recognized by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
Each year, NSHSS encourages students to nominate an educator who has significantly impacted their high school academic career. This honor recognizes those whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders and citizen
During his 20 year career, Straka has inspired many students to find a passion in studying the night sky and the natural world around them. He takes great pride in helping his students climb their personal mountains and overcome life challenges. He also serves as an assistant track and field coach.
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