Meet Nancie Atwell, the world’s best teacher
The world’s best teacher has lived up to her billing after she donated the US$1million prize money she won to the school she founded. Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from Maine in the US, won the inaugural Global Teacher prize at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai which was established with the dual purpose to find the world’s best teacher and to celebrate the teaching profession. Ms Atwell won the top prize in recognition of her work in teaching, reading and writing.
In 1990, she founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, Maine, which focuses on improving how reading and writing is taught. It certainly seems to work as pupils at the school read on average 40 books a year. Ms Atwell has also found the time to write nine books about teaching including one which has sold half a million copies. The Varkey Foundation, the charitable arm of the GEMS education group, set the prize money at US$1m to show teaching can hold its own against traditional high paying careers such as finance. The award has a number of high profile backers including David Cameron, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai while the international panel of judges included educators, entrepreneurs and leaders of education charities. Top marks.