Davies teaching assistant receives Claes Nobel award

Davies teaching assistant receives Claes Nobel award

LINCOLN - Virginia DiMattia, a teaching assistant at William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School, was awarded the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

NSHSS is an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of high school students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. Student members of NSHSS have the opportunity to nominate those educators that have made the most significant contributions in their academic career.

A role model for many students at Davies, DiMattia was nominated by Sarah Ogundare, who graduated in 2013.

Ogundare selected DiMattia for her hard work and dedication as a role model for both herself and several Davies students throughout the years, in the classroom assisting students as well as providing leadership and financial support as the R.I. Urban Debate League/Davies debate coach. As an academic teacher assistant at Davies for 27 years, DiMattia has also served on the NEASC Welcome Committee Dinner, the R.I. School of Design Arts Program and as chairwoman of the Community and Public Relations Committee.

Claes Nobel is a senior member of the Nobel Prize Family and founded the National Society of High School Scholars.