Three U.S. teachers have been selected as finalists for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, an annual $1 million award designed to honor an educator who has had an “inspirational impact on their students and community.”
Nancie Atwell of Edgecomb, Maine; Naomi Volain of Springfield, Mass.; and Stephen Ritz of New York City join seven other educators from around the world as finalists.
According to the Varkey Foundation, the prize “seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature, and peace” by recognizing the work of outstanding classroom teachers. More than 1,300 teachers in 127 countries applied for the award.
A version of this article appeared in the February 25, 2015 edition of Education Week as Three U.S. Teachers Are Finalists for $1 Million Prize