The Varkey Foundation announced Wednesday that a Maryland teacher of English has been awarded the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. She has worked tirelessly to make college education more accessible for her students.
Keishia Thrope, who teaches at International High School in Langley Park in Prince George’s County was chosen from more than 8,000 nominations from 121 countries. Thorpe said that she was grateful for the foundation’s efforts to put teachers in the spotlight and tell their stories.
Thorpe said that education is a human rights and that all children should have equal access to it. The ceremony was streamed online. “So this recognition does not just concern me, but all the dreamers who work so hard to end generational poverty.
“This is to encourage every little Black boy and girl that looks like me, and every child in the world that feels marginalized and has a story like mine, and felt they never mattered,” she added.
Thorpe, who is a 12th-grade English teacher, redesigned the curriculum to make it more culturally appropriate for her students, including immigrants and refugees. According to the foundation, she also helps students apply for college and scholarships. She helped them win $6.7million in scholarships in 2018-2019.
Thorpe stated, “Every child has a champion, an adult that will never give in to them, who understands and insists they achieve their full potential,” Teachers matter. Teachers matter.”
Thorpe, a Jamaican-born track and field athlete, founded the U.S. Elite International Track and Field foundation with her twin sister Dr. Treisha Thorpe to help “at-risk student-athletes” around the globe use their talents for scholarships to U.S. colleges and university scholarships.
Thorpe was awarded the Medal of Excellence by Larry Hogan, Maryland Governor, for her efforts in influencing equitable education policies. She was also named National Live Changer of the year for 2018-2019.
Actor Isabelle Huppert hosted ceremony at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and announced Thorpe the winner of the main award.
Hugh Jackman was the host of the 2019 event and joined the virtual ceremony via videolink to announce this year’s winner of the Chegg.Org Global Student Prize. Jeremiah Thoronka from Sierra Leone received the $100,000 prize money for his efforts in fighting energy poverty.
Source: CBS News