CANCELED: 2020 International Educator of the YEar

Every spring, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth's International Educator of the Year Award Luncheon allows the Council to highlight the amazing individuals that make our education program, Global Young Leaders, possible. By working directly with high schools and universities, the Council 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 typical responsibilities.

2020 International Educator of the Year

Greg Hill
Greg Hill is an educator at Mesquite ISD’s Dr. John D. Horn High School since 2001 teaching AP Human Geography, World History and American Cultural Studies. For more than 20 years, Hill has inspired his students to think beyond their hometowns. Hill said, “service, leadership, and dedication” best describe his commitment to international education. Through his work and dedication, Hill inspires not only his students but also provides an example for other teachers to excite students about the world by connecting with them through social media.  In 2016, Hill was named a distinguished teacher (K-12) by the National Council for Geographic Education. The following year, he spent a month in Ecuador and Peru as the only social studies teacher in the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program with the Center for Latin American Studies. Hill has also traveled to multiple other countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. He believes travel breaks down barriers and hopes that through opening the eyes of his students to new places that he can inspire them to open their minds to the world. 


Jose Luis Zelaya
A DREAMer and Texas A&M University Ph.D. student who went from sleeping on the streets of Honduras as a child to immigrating to the United States to unite with his family. He is a believer in the power of higher education. Currently, Zelaya is writing his dissertation to complete his Ph.D. and hopes to become the Secretary of Education of Honduras someday.

2020 Panelists

President Robert Mong
Overseeing transformational growth in enrollment, retention and number of graduates, Robert Mong has led the University of North Texas at Dallas through some of its most monumental changes to date. Mr. Mong took over as president of the university and its College of Law in 2015. At UNT Dallas, Mr. Mong has worked to create a pathway for social and economic mobility by keeping students’ educational costs low. 

President Vistasp Karbhari
For more than 25 years, President Karbhari of the University of Texas at Arlington has remained committed to higher education. The winner of numerous awards for research, teaching, and innovation, President Karbhari has propelled UTA forward, leading the university to achieve Carnegie R-1 status, designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and recognition as a top educational institution in the State of Texas for Veterans and Adult Learners. 

Dr. Joe May
Dr. Joe May is the seventh chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, a seven-college, 165,000-student system. Since taking on the role in 2014, May has created a Minority Small Business Cultivar, which now houses several minority chambers of commerce for the city of Dallas. He also brought Rebuilding America’s Middle Class to DCCCD, committing to ensure that everyone has opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Moderator: Michele Bobadilla


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Maisie Heiken



Table Sponsors

Jocelyn Ansley
Baylor University
Dallas County Community College District
Foley Lardner, LLP
Grant Thornton LLP
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Chris and Jessica Hughes
Cher and David Jacobs
Jindal School – UT Dallas
Kosmos Energy
Living Mountain Capital
Weston Loegering
TDKrause Consulting
Trinity Industries
The University of Texas at Arlington
Mike and Mitzi Wadsworth

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Tuesday March 31
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Joe May, Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, President, University of Texas at Arlington Mr. Robert Mong, President, UNT - Dallas
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