Teacher Awards

This photo provided by the Varkey Foundation shows Keishia Thorpe. The Maryland high school English teacher, who has worked to open up college education for her students, has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. The Varkey Foundation announced Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, that Thorpe, who teaches at International High School at Langley Park in Prince George’s County in Maryland, was selected from more than 8,000 nominations and applications from 121 countries around the world.
Keishia Thorpe, who has worked to open up college education for her students, has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize.
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Teaching Profession Maryland Teacher Wins $1 Million Global Prize
Keishia Thorpe received the prize for her work teaching immigrant and refugee students and helping them attend college.
Madeline Will, November 11, 2021
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First lady Jill Biden hugs Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year, at a ceremony to honor the 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year, on the South Lawn of the White House Oct. 18.
First lady Jill Biden stands beside Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year, at a ceremony to honor the 2020 and 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year at the White House on Monday.
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Teaching Profession Joe and Jill Biden Honor Teachers at Long-Delayed White House Ceremony
The president, with the first lady in attendance, called teachers the "single most consequential people in the world beyond our parents."
Madeline Will, October 18, 2021
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Teaching Profession Video 2021 National Teacher of the Year: Special Education Is the 'Heartbeat' of Schools
Juliana Urtubey, an elementary special education teacher in Las Vegas, is the third special educator to receive the national honor in the program's nearly seven-decade history.
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Juliana Urtubey
Juliana Urtubey
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Teaching Profession Juliana Urtubey, an Elementary Special Educator, Is the 2021 National Teacher of the Year
Known as Ms. Earth for her work with school gardens, Urtubey is a National Board-certified teacher in Las Vegas.
Madeline Will, May 6, 2021
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From left: John Arthur (Utah), Alejandro Diasgranados (D.C.), Maureen Stover (N.C.), Juliana Urtubey (Nev.)
From left: John Arthur (Utah), Alejandro Diasgranados (D.C.), Maureen Stover (N.C.), Juliana Urtubey (Nev.)
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Teaching Profession Here Are the Four Finalists for 2021 National Teacher of the Year
The four finalists for the 2021 National Teacher of the Year challenge inequities both in their school communities and on a national level.
Madeline Will, January 27, 2021
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Teaching Profession Tabatha Rosproy Is the First Early Childhood Educator to Be National Teacher of the Year
The first preschool teacher to win the national award in its 68-year history teaches in a local retirement community and nursing home in Winfield, Kan.
Madeline Will, May 21, 2020
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Image of Linda Rost, Chris Dier, Leila Kubesch, and Tabatha Rosproy, courtesy of CCSSO
Teaching Profession Teacher of the Year Nominees Speak Out
The four finalists for National Teacher of the Year say their fellow teachers are sharing their stories and their students' stories more than ever, and it's time for policymakers to listen.
March 3, 2020
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Teaching Profession Q&A The Nation's Top Teachers on Self-Care, Student Voice, and What They Would Say to Trump
The four finalists for National Teacher of the Year say their fellow teachers are sharing their stories and their students' stories more than ever, and it's time for policymakers to listen.
Madeline Will, February 24, 2020
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Teaching Profession Meet the Top Four Teachers in the Country
The Council of Chief State Schools Officers announced the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year.
Madeline Will, January 16, 2020
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Teaching Profession Trump Did Attend Teacher of the Year Ceremony, But Two Honorees Boycotted
Two award-winning teachers boycotted today's White House ceremony honoring the teachers of the year, saying that they wouldn't support an administration whose policies they feel have harmed their immigrant, refugee, and LGBTQ students.
Sarah Schwartz, April 29, 2019
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Teaching Profession President Trump Won't Meet With National Teacher of the Year at the White House
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will instead present the award to 2019 Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson, according to the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Sarah Schwartz, April 26, 2019
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Teaching Profession Rodney Robinson, Who Teaches Civics to Students in Juvenile Detention, Wins 2019 National Teacher of the Year
Robinson said his students, who are all incarcerated, deserve as much of a chance to achieve as other teenagers. "They just made mistakes, and they're paying for mistakes. But America is a country of second chances."
Sarah Schwartz, April 24, 2019
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Teaching Profession Video ‘We Shouldn’t Just Stay in Our Classrooms. We’re Teachers’
Mandy Manning has not been shy about advocating for her immigrant and refugee students. When she was awarded the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, she presented President Donald Trump with letters from her students talking about what coming to the U.S. meant to them, but also how his negative rhetoric about immigrants empowers their classmates to say hateful things such as, “go back to your country.” Along with several state teachers of the year, she recently organized a Teach-In in El Paso, Texas, to protest undocumented families from being separated and detained. In an interview with correspondent Kavitha Cardoza, Manning talks about some of the early experiences she had teaching in Armenia and Japan and how feeling like an outsider informs her teaching. She also addresses how students are feeling more empowered (and why that’s not always a good thing) and why she continues to fight this fight.
Kavitha Cardoza, March 7, 2019
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National Teacher of the Year finalists Rodney Robinson, Danielle Riha, Kelly Harper, and Donna Gradel at the CCSSO office.
National Teacher of the Year finalists Rodney Robinson, Danielle Riha, Kelly Harper, and Donna Gradel at the CCSSO office.
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Teaching Profession Q&A We Must Restore Respect to the Teaching Profession, Nation's Top Teachers Say
The four nationally recognized educators spoke about attracting new talent to the profession and the importance of civics education.
Sarah Schwartz, February 25, 2019
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