2015 International Educator of the Year

Award Information

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?
For more information, contact Jennifer Bowden, Director of Education, World Affairs Council, via e-mail or at (214) 965-8415.


Congratulations to our 2014 International Educator of the Year,
Ceclia Nipp, Ursuline Academy of Dallas

Congratulations to our 2014 International Educator of the Year

Cecilia Nipp and luncheon speaker Fareed Zakaria

Cecilia Nipp

Cecilia Nipp, Fareed Zakaria and Council Chairman Bob Kantner

Ms. Cecilia M. Nipp is the Director of Global Relationships and Cultural Exchange at Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She is a member of Ursuline’s leadership team and has been a school administrator since 2002. Ms. Nipp was a teacher of Spanish, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Dean of Students at Ursuline Academy prior to beginning her current role in 2006. She has taught Spanish at both the high school level and the university level. Ms. Nipp attended the University of Dallas where she graduated with a BA in Spanish Language as well as Middlebury College where she obtained an MA in Spanish Language and Literature.

Ms. Nipp currently serves on the Advisory Board of Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI), the 2014 Spirit of Uganda Tour committee as well as on the Advisory Board for the Dallas World Affairs Council International Education Programs.

Under Ms. Nipp’s leadership, Ursuline Academy has established sister-school partnerships and exchanges with schools around the world. The first sister-school partnership for Ursuline Academy was formed in 1997 with Huaxia Academy of Beijing. Ms. Nipp currently oversees that partnership as well as the partnerships which she has initiated on behalf of Ursuline Academy. Other sister schools are Colegio Santa Ursula in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Colegio Santa Ursula in Lima, Peru, Colegio Santa Ursula in Santiago, Chile, Brescia House School in Johannesburg, South Africa and Ursuline High School in Wimbledon, England. Ms. Nipp also oversees the partnership between Ursuline Academy and the NGO, Empower African Children, based in Uganda. She recently led the first student group to travel from Ursuline Academy to Africa. As an expert in student travel and global education, Ms. Nipp has presented information on the benefits and challenges of international student exchanges at educational conferences in different countries including China, Costa Rica, Brazil and England.

An avid writer, Ms. Nipp has published several blogs online. Her current blog at www.uaglobal.blogspot.com chronicles the adventures and activities of Ursuline Dallas students as they grow in global competence.

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