British Teacher Named World's Best, Wins $1 Million Prize

British Teacher Named World's Best, Wins $1 Million Prize

Education secretary Damian Hinds also offered his congratulations to the art and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School in Brent, north-west London.

Mr Woo, the head mathematics teacher at Sydney's Cherrybrook Technology High, was one of the 10 finalists.

'Being a great teacher requires resilience, ingenuity and a generous heart.

There were more than 30,000 nominations for the award from 173 countries.

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She has learned basic phrases in languages such as Hindi, Tamil and Gujarati and has visited homes to build links with the school.

As a member of the school's senior leadership team, Andria has transformed her school's approach to reach often isolated young people so that they can engage in school life and perform to the best of their abilities.

"These are the qualities that you share with your students every day".

Andria Zafirakou has won the fourth annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize worth one million dollars.

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Learning the basics of numerous 35 languages in Alperton's pupil population, Andria has been able to reach out to her once marginalised students to earn their trust and, crucially, establish relationships with their parents. "So thank you for all you have done and continue to do".

The prize from education charity the Varkey Foundation was created to give more status to the teaching profession, with an Oscars-style awards ceremony in Dubai.

The ceremony, at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, included a performance by singer Jennifer Hudson and the trophy was delivered on stage by Formula One's Lewis Hamilton.

The teacher from Alperton Community School has been praised for her work with the local community as well as with pupils.

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Ms Zafirakou introduced an "artist in residence", who helps the students on a technical level, but also offers an outlet for what can be challenging and hard home circumstances. She will be required to remain as a classroom teacher for at least five years and will receive the money in equal instalments. She quickly realised that a one size fits all curriculum would not resonate with all her students so she set about redesigning it from top to bottom, alongside fellow teachers, in order to make it relevant to her pupil's lives.

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