International Educator of the Year
Congratulations to our 2016 International Educator of the Year:
Gabriel Valdez, Fort Worth ISD Educator
Gabriel Valdez and luncheon speaker Douglas Brinkley
Gabriel Valdez, a veteran World Cultures teacher and department chair at Fort Worth Independent School District’s Rosemont Sixth Grade Center, says he can relate to the hundreds of students at Rosemont because he, too, came from an at-risk background. “Luckily, I had a series of great mentors who helped me look beyond the immediacy of the local environment and see myself in the outside world.” As a result, he says, “My classroom always goes beyond just another worksheet.” Mr. Valdez attended St. Mary's University in San Antonio where he graduated with a BA in History, along wiht a MA in History from University of Texas at El Paso.
In working directly with middle school, high schools and universities, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth has encountered numerous educators devoted to enriching their students’ knowledge of world affairs and expanding international learning opportunities for their students. These teachers and administrators demonstrate leadership by going above and beyond their normal responsibilities.
Just as these teachers feel it is important to help their students develop a better understanding of the world, we at the Council feel it is equally important to recognize the efforts of these dedicated individuals. The International Educator of the Year Award will provide to the winner a year’s membership to the Council and a $500 award.
Who is eligible for this award?
A local K-12 educator who has demonstrated leadership by going above and beyond their normal responsibilities and has contributed exceptionally to the development of global minds in the classroom.
What are the benefits associated with this award?
The International Educator of the Year will receive a one year membership to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and a $500 award.
Who can give me more information about this award?
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For more information, contact Jennifer Bowden, Director of Education, World Affairs Council, via e-mail or at (214) 965-8415.