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“Best Teacher in the World” donates entire $1M prize

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On Sunday, Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from Maine, made it clear that she deserves more than just a “World’s Best Teacher” mug. After hearing she’d won the maiden “Global Teacher Prize,” Atwell vowed to donate the $1 million in prize money to the school she founded in 1990. Atwell developed a method to encourage literacy among her students, which included putting a library in every classroom and got her students to read an average of 40 books per year. The prize, awarded in Dubai on Sunday by the Varkey Foundation was created to raise the appreciation and importance of teaching. Atwell said she hoped to convey to young people that teaching is a privilege and said that giving away the prize money was “not being selfless, but being committed to public service.” She might just be the world’s best person, too.

Read the full story at BBC News.

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