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International Educator of the Year Luncheon with Jonna Mendez
Author and Former Chief of Disguise, Central Intelligence Agency

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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12:00 PM Program and Luncheon

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.

The year's recipient is Marci Smith Deal of the HEB school district. The Council is thrilled with this selection, as she has been involved with the Global Young Leaders program since its inception and helped shape it into the success it is today. 

Marci is a lifelong educator, committed to international education. She was a consultant for the National Geographic Society and "became a premier social studies trainer for geography education, doing hands-on workshops all over Texas and the U.S." according to one of her references. 

Currently serving as a district social studies coordinator, Marci has involved the entirety of her school district, as well as surrounding districts, in the activities of the World Affairs Council, establishing a district hub for WAC trainings and lectures. This award celebrates her strong partnership and commitment to global learning. 

About Jonna Mendez
Mendez is a highly decorated retired intelligence officer who served in some of the most sensitive and dangerous espionage roles in the world. She is the co-author, with her husband Tony, of “Argo,” the basis of the 2013 Academy Award-winning film about the 1979 rescue of American hostages from post-revolution Iran.

Presenting Sponsors


Shelly and Michael Dee  



Patron Sponsors

Cher and David Jacobs


Table Sponsors

Barnes and Thornburg, LLP
Baylor University
David & Melinda Emmons
Ryan Fisher
Frost Bank
Grant Thornton LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jessica & Chris Hughes
Kosmos Energy
Mary & Tim Leahy
PNC Bank
Eric & Joanna Ridgway
Linda & Richard Shaffer
Gary A. Wolens

Location: The Arts District Mansion
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Fees: $75 Members
$100 Non-Members
Patron Table: $2,000
Board Table: $1,500

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