School of the Arts educator Lambert receives national honor

Published 8:00 am Monday, October 30, 2023

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) educator, Tobie Lambert from Silver Creek has been selected as a grant winner and recognized for superior dedication and achievement by the esteemed organization.

The Society recognizes top educators who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to education and commitment to helping students achieve academic success. The announcement was made by NSHSS Co-founder and President James W. Lewis.

“On behalf of NSHSS and co-founder Claes Nobel, a member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, I am honored to recognize the hard work, passion, and commitment that Tobie Lambert has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of educational excellence,” said Lewis. “Tobie is now a member of a unique community of educators — a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

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“We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” stated Lewis. “We also help educators like Lambert foster academic success by connecting them with learning experiences and resources to help with meaningful initiatives in their classrooms and schools.” NSHSS Educators constantly inspire our community through their daily dedication to students and their commitment to help students achieve academic success.

Lambert is a National Board-Certified English and literature instructor with 18 years of experience at both the secondary and collegiate levels. She is from Silver Creek and has an eighteen-year-old daughter. She was awarded the MSA Teacher of the Year (2018), Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction (2019), Claes Nobel Educator of the Year (2020), MS Professional Educator’s National Board-Certified Teachers’ Diverse Practitioner Scholarship Award (2020), & S.T.A.R. Teacher (2022). She is currently the English instructor/department head at Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) and an adjunct instructor for Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She teaches Dual Enrollment English Composition I and II, AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, English III, and English IV. She is also the Beta Club sponsor and participates in MSA’s Annual Grief Retreat where she instructs seminars on grief journaling and its benefits.

When asked about her plans for the grant money, Lambert responded, “As a public school that accepts students based on artistic potential instead of academic prowess, MSA’s student population is diverse, not only demographically but also academically. I am excited to put this grant toward ACT instructional training as I institute a program that offers free, professional, after-school ACT prep for students who want to improve their scores but may not have the financial means or transportation to access help.” 

“ACT prep can be expensive,” said Lambert. “By providing more inclusive access to individualized ACT prep, we will, in turn, help students earn more scholarships and graduate college with less debt. The impact could be felt on a very real and practical level.”