Denton Independent School District

Amanda Ledwon dressed in traditional Ukrainian dance outfit

The International Educator of the Year award supports Global Young Leaders, the Council’s high school education program, and honors outstanding North Texas educators for their work expanding international learning opportunities.

Amanda Ledwon, an educator of Denton Ryan High School since 2019, has been named the 2023 International Educator of the Year (IEY) by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Ledwon has been associated with the Council for over seven years and an educator for more than twenty years.

Ledwon is described as having a “passion, dedication, and love for having students involved in the international community.” Each year, she reads the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights to her students to educate them about this important global topic. Through her teaching she has inspired one of her former students to pursue both an undergraduate and graduate degree in human rights.


In working directly with 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.


Q. Who is eligible for this award?

A. The individual being nominated for the IEY Award must be a full-time 6-12 teacher or administrator who resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and has worked with WACDFW in some capacity over their career. The nominee should have a proven track record of incorporating international resources and perspectives into their work as an educator to develop global competence skills in students.

Q. What are the benefits associated with this award?

A. The International Educator of the Year will receive a $500 award, a trip to the World Affairs Councils of America Conference in Washington, DC in the fall (includes flight and conference fees) and a one-year membership to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Winner will be announced at the Council’s annual International Educator of the Year luncheon.

Q. Who can give me more information about this award?

A. For more information, contact Jennifer Bowden, Director of Education, via e-mail or at 214-965-8415.


Nominations for 2024 close November 13, 2023 at 5:00pm