Beauty queens and cinestars are not the only celebrities of today. On 18th March 2018, teachers had their own star-studded international ceremony in UAE, where the Global Best Teacher 2018 award worth $1 million went to Andria Zafirakou of Alperton Community College, London. Bill Gates had earlier annouced the names of the top ten finalists chosen from over 30,000 nominees from all over the world.
In her acceptance speech Andria encouraged students worldwide by saying, “Whatever your circumstances or troubles, you have the potential to succeed in your dreams and that is a right nobody can take from you. Since I was young my dream was to be an art and textiles teachers and I am proud to be one.”
Andria worked with the police to prevent gangs recruiting pupils. She also learnt the basics of numerous languages, just to communicate with pupils and their parents and redesigned curriculum to resonate with an ethnically diverse student body.