Keishia Thorpe A Black High School Teacher Has Won The $1 Million Global Teacher Prize And We Are Proud Of Her

Keishia Thorpe, A Black High School Teacher Has Won The $1 Million Global Teacher Prize And We Are Proud Of Her

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The Varkey Foundation awarded Keishia Thorpe, a high school English teacher, the $1 million Global Teacher Prize.

“She was chosen from more than 8,000 nominations and applications from 121 countries around the world,” according to the charity.

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Thorpe’s past awards include the Medal of Excellence from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the title of National Life Changer of the Year for 2018-2019.

Thorpe “totally overhauled the 12th grade English department curriculum to make it culturally relevant to her students, who are largely first-generation Americans, immigrants, or refugees from Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and South and Central America,” according to the foundation.

Keishia ThorpE Receiving Award

In the 2018-2019 academic year alone, she assisted seniors in receiving $6.7 million in scholarships.

Thorpe is a teacher at International High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and she came to the United States on a track and field scholarship from Jamaica.

This experience has helped her pave the way for other students: she and her twin sister, Dr. Treisha Thorpe, founded the nonprofit U.S. Elite International Track and Field to help “‘at risk’ student-athletes across the globe access fully funded scholarships to U.S. colleges and universities,” according to the Varkey Foundation.

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