Keishia Thorpe (left) reacts as she is announced the winner of the Global Teacher Prize.


US teacher Keishia Thorpe wins $1m Global Teacher Prize


DUBAI – A US teacher who helped refugee students and those from low income families has won the $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

Keishia Thorpe covered her face with her hands in shock as French actress Isabelle Hupert announced her as winner of the coveted prize on Thursday (November 11).

Thorpe teaches English at International High School Langley Park in Maryland where she helps immigrants, refugees and less privileged students get a college education.

At least 95 percent of students at the school are from low-income families. Thorpe has helped her students apply for fully-funded college scholarships.

She bested more than 8,000 teachers in 121 countries who applied for the award. The awarding ceremony was held virtually at Unesco headquarters in Paris. ICA/Expat Media

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