2022 Honoree Marci Smith Deal

HEB school district

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.


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. 


Who is eligible for this award?

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.

What are the benefits associated with this award?

The International Educator of the Year will receive a $500 award, a trip to the World Affairs Councils of America Conference in Washington, D.C. 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.

Who can give me more information about this award?

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

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