WBR teacher, Kimberly Eckert, named one of 50 finalist for $1 million global teacher prize

Brusly High School English Teacher Kimberly Eckert has been named one of 50 finalist to receive the $1 million dollar Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

In partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognize a teacher who has made outstanding contribution to the teaching community. The award also seeks to highlight the important roles that teachers play in society.

“Every child in the world deserves an inspiring teacher and inspiring teachers deserve wide social recognition. As we enter what must be a “decade of action” on education we have partnered with the Global Teacher Prize because it is such a powerful advocate for the critical role teachers play in our societies,” Stefania Giannini, assistant director general for Education at UNESCO said. “Now, more than ever, in a world of competing priorities, governments throughout the world must invest in teachers to meet their commitments to deliver universal quality education by 2030.”

Kimberly Eckert grew up close to a rural Louisiana town with the legacy of segregation. From early on in life, Eckert knew she wanted help make her town a better place. Her teaching approach shows students how to identify problems, interests and conflicts and teaches them ways to think through issues.

From raising money for scholarships to spreading awareness about sexual assault and mental illness, Eckert has made innumerable strides to better West Baton Rouge Parish Schools and her community as a whole. Her work with “Educators Rising” is helping elevate and diversify the teaching community within area school districts. The program encourages and recruits high school students to start early training to become teachers. Eckert also started a club for the LGBTQIA student community at her school, and continues to urge elected officials to do more about poverty in the area.

According to the Varkey Foundation, the top 50 shortlist has representatives from 37 countries. The winner will be announced live on stage at red carpet ceremony taking place at the Natural History Museum in London Monday, Oct. 12.

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