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Rockville Teacher Wins Prestigious Educator Of The Year Award

Patch logo Patch 1/14/2020 Alessia Grunberger
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ROCKVILLE, MD — An English and media arts teacher at Rockville High School has won the 2019 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year Award — an honor bestowed on few U.S. teachers.

Sean Pang was among 10 educators to be selected by the National Society of High School Scholars, according to the organization, which was co-founded by a member of the family that established the Nobel Prize.

As a winner, Pang will also receive a $5,000 grant.

"The Claes Nobel Educator of the Year program embraces my family's tradition of recognizing world class minds and supports the vision of NSHSS to help students build on academic success and grow the skills and desire to have a positive impact in the global community," Claes Nobel said.

This isn't the first time Pang — a University of Maryland, Baltimore County alumnus — has been recognized for academic excellence.

A Rockville High School teacher for eight years, Pang was named The Washington Post Teacher of the Year in 2017 and featured in the county school district's promotional employment video in 2016.

"I really get to see students for themselves, not just academically, but what they like, and who they want to be," Sean Pang said in a statement posted to the Montgomery County Public Schools website.

Pang isn't just a teacher at MCPS. Years ago, he walked the halls as a student.

According to MCPS, Pang attended elementary school as an ESOL (English As A Second Language) student and graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School in 2005.

After finishing college, Pang returned to MCPS as a high school English teacher and has sponsored multiple student clubs and extracurricular activities.

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