Nancie Atwell, 2015 winner

Nancie Atwell is the winner of the 2015 Global Teacher Prize winner. Nancie founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in 1990, a K-8 non-profit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating methods. The school actively seeks children from underprivileged families to serve a student body that represents a diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds and ability levels.

Nancie, from Maine, USA, founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in 1990, a K-8 non-profit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating methods.

The school actively seeks children from underprivileged families to serve a student body that represents a diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds and ability levels. 97% of its graduates have matriculated to university. The school remains a beacon for teacher training, with many visiting teachers each year. Each year, all of Nancie’s prize winnings continue to go to the Center for Teaching and Learning in order to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students and to ensure the longevity of the school through the upgrading of the facilities.

Following her 2015 win, Nancie attended a number of engagements in New York and London and was interviewed by publications around the world. Highlights included:

• Clinton Global Initiative 2015 Annual Meeting, New York, USA – Keynote speaker. The Varkey Foundation hosted a Topic Dinner dedicated to teacher appreciation and celebrating educators. The dinner featured keynote speeches from Nancie, President Clinton and Fareed Zakaria to an audience of business leaders, policy makers, educators and philanthropists.
• Teacher First conference, London – Keynote Speaker
• Meeting with MP Sadiq Khan and Schools Minister Nick Gibb, London, UK
• Interviewed by the BBC and Sky News in London, UK