Keishia Thorpe, US teacher, won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, the Varkey Foundation announced on Wednesday.
Thorpe opened a college education for low-income, first-generation American, immigrant and refugee students. The Global Teacher Prize is an annual award of US$1 million, which the Varkey Foundation gives to the teachers who perform well in their field.
Thorpe teaches English to 12th-grade students at International High School at Langley Park in Prince George’s County, United States. She was selected out of 8,000 nominations, total applications came from nearly 121 countries globally.
In this school, 100% of her students are English language learners out of them, 95% have low income.
Thorpe also redesigned the curriculum for the English department of 12th Grade to make it more connected to first-generation Americans, immigrants, or refugees students that are mostly from regions of the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean.
During the virtual ceremony, Thorpe said, “Education is a human right, and all children should be entitled to have access to it. So this recognition is not just about me, but about all the dreamers who work so hard and dare to dream of ending generational poverty.”
Keishia dedicates much of her time to encouraging the students to apply for college. She also helps them in filling their application forms and helping them further to get the funded scholarships.
She has alone helped her senior students in 2018-2019 to win over $6.7 million in scholarships to 11 different colleges, with almost 100% of them going tuition-free.
Jeremiah Thoronka is a student from Sierra Leone who invented a device to generate clean power that uses kinetic energy from traffic and pedestrians. He has been named the winner of the Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2021. He is the first winner for this new $100,000 sister award to the Global Teacher Prize