2024 International Educator of the Year

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Thu Mar 28

International Educator of the Year

Awarded to Lindsay Johnston

11:30 am - 1:30 pm CT
Dallas , TX
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Lindsay Johnston

Lindsay Johnston

Imagine International Academy of North Texas

Salvatore A. Giunta

Salvatore A. Giunta

Medal of Honor Recipient

HONOREE – Lindsay Johnston

Lindsay Johnston is a teacher at Imagine International Academy of North Texas in McKinney where she teaches multiple grades in International Baccalaureate education. She began her teaching career in 2006. Through her leadership with the school’s Junior World Affairs Council, Lindsay has lead an annual Kosovo Campaign and raised more than $18,000 for demining in Kosovo. She was recognized in 2022 by Prime Minister Kurti of Kosovo for her efforts. She has received many other honors and recognitions throughout her teaching career.

Lindsay Johnston Award

KEYNOTE – Salvatore A. Giunta

Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself at the risk of his life in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on October 25, 2007. While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist Giunta sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. After seeing that his squad leader had fallen, Specialist Giunta exposed himself to enemy fire and raced towards his squad leader, helped him to cover, and administered medical aid. While administering first aid, enemy fire struck Specialist Giunta’s body armor and his secondary weapon. Amidst the ongoing fire, Specialist Giunta continued to engage the enemy before prepping and throwing grenades, using the explosions for cover to hide his position. Attempting to reach additional wounded fellow soldiers, Specialist Giunta and his team encountered a barrage of enemy fire that forced them to the ground. Specialist Giunta’s unwavering courage, selflessness, and decisive leadership while under extreme fire were integral to his platoon’s ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American soldier from the enemy. On September 10, 2010, the White House announced that Staff Sgt. Giunta would receive the Medal of Honor, the first awarded to a living recipient since the Vietnam War.

Salvatore A. Giunta receiving medal of honor

About The International Educator of the Year Award

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.

Underwriting Sponsors:

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
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Linda & Richard Shaffer

Patron Sponsors

  • Marjorie A. Adams
  • Jocelyn Ansley
  • AT&T
  • Bain
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dallas College
  • Shelly & Michael Dee
  • Fan Law Office
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Frost Bank
  • FTI Consulting
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Harwood International
  • Maisie L. Heiken
  • Hillwood
  • HKS
  • JacksonShaw
  • Jackson Walker
  • Cher & David Jacobs
  • Jones Day
  • Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC
  • Joan & Dick Keyser
  • Jessica Koloini & Travis Kelly
  • KPMG
  • Bets Lillo
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Naveen Jindal School of Management – University of Texas at Dallas
  • NEC Corporation of America
  • PwC
  • Joanna & Eric Ridgway
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sidley Austin, LLP
  • Alishia & John Spriggins
  • Paul Stafford
  • Texas Capital Bank
  • Craig Tiritilli
  • Arielle Tobin
  • Texas Instruments
  • Toyota
  • Vistra Energy
  • Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Mike & Mitzi Wadsworth
  • Gary A. Wolens