2020 Honoree
Greg Hill

Dr. John d. Horn High School
Mesquite ISD

For more than 20 years, Greg Hill has inspired his students to think beyond their hometowns. An educator at Mesquite ISD’s Dr. John D. Horn High School since 2001, Hill teaches AP Human Geography, World History and American Cultural Studies.

At the 2016 National Conference on Geography Education, Hill was named a distinguished teacher (K-12) by the National Council for Geographic Education. The following year, he spent one 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 is currently a fellow at the American Geographical Society and a teacher consultant for Texas Alliance of Geographic Educators. In 2019, he presented “Travel Away Your Ignorance” at an independently organized TED event in Mashpee, MA.

To further his knowledge of global education, Hill has received many prestigious fellowships from Columbia University, the University of Southern California, the University of Colorado, the University of Texas, Ohio State University, the Transatlantic Outreach Program, the Qatar Foundation International and the American Geographical Society.

Hill holds a B.A. in Sociology (1993) and a M.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences (1997) from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth where he is highly engaged in international education programming, and also serves as Horn High School’s JWAC sponsor. He manages two Facebook groups for other educators, AP Human Geography Teachers of Texas and World Geography Teachers of Texas, which provide a forum for teachers to share teaching materials with one another to ensure their students are receiving the most engaging and interesting education possible.


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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