For the Global Teacher Prize there were 1,300 applicants from 127 countries. The top 10 included two teachers from U.S, two from Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Cambodia, Malaysia, Kenya, and the U.K. Nancie Atwell an English teacher from rural main has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. She has worked 42 years as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature. The Global Teacher Prize has been awarded for the first time and the Varkey Foundation plans it to be an annual event
She said the award is valedictory for her but she gets true support from the responses of the students.
Sunny Varkey, the founder of the non profit Varkey Foundation awarded the prize. The foundation focuses on education issues. He said that the award pay a tribute to the teachers and to say `to a celebrity-obsessed world that teachers are important and worthy of respect'. Also present to attend the ceremony were Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is honorary chair of the Varkey Foundation.
He is also the founder of the for profit GEMS Education company, which has more than 130 schools around the world.
The ceremony was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The School was the founded for developing and disseminating teaching methods.
Nancie Atwell founded the Centre for Teaching and Learning in 1990 in Edgecomb, Maine. The school was founded for developing and disseminating teaching methods. She intends to donate the entire amount to the school.97 percent of the school graduates attend the university. Hundreds of teachers visit her centre in Maine for learning its writing-reading practices.
She told The Associated Press that it's encouraged by the experiences she has every day in the classroom.
The award is the largest of its kind and serves as a Nobel Prize for one exceptional teacher each year.
A boy of about 11 years waited with his mother for a photograph with the winning teacher, after she won the award.
Receiving several awards throughout her life, she also has written nine books with her innovative approach to teaching.
One such Book is "In the Middle," which has sold more than half a million copies.
An average of 10 books/year is read by the students of eight grade. However the students in her school read an average of 40 books per year.
Also they write significantly on their chosen subject and have become published authors. Even the books the read are chosen by them
There is "never a raised voice or standardized test," according to the website of the school
She feels that for the students to become highly literate, the power of stories and self-expression is to be valued and anything else is not worth.
This is the first year for the Global Teacher Prize to be awarded, though the Varkey Foundation plans it to be an annual event.
The selection for the prize was made by more than 60 people including CEO's, investors professors, journalists and public figures such as Oscar Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Grammy Award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding.50 finalists were shortlisted and out of them finally top 10 were chosen.