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Q: Who is eligible for this award?
A: The Global Educator of the Year award is bestowed upon any K-12 educator who has demonstrated leadership by going above and beyond their normal classroom responsibilities by promoting international understanding, contributing to the development of global minds both inside and outside of the classroom.
Q: What are the benefits associated with this award?
A: The Global Educator of the Year will be honored at our Global Gauntlet program on April 22nd, 2017 and will receive a one-year membership to the Montana World Affairs Council. Additionally, the winner will receive a $500 donation to purchase international classroom materials, publications, and resources, generously donated by Dr. Edwin and Janet House. The Council will cover any travel costs and lodging for the selected educator. The honoree will also be named in all media releases highlighting their accomplishments and dedication.
Q: Who may submit a nomination?
A: Nominations may come from a principal, colleague, parent, or student that can speak to the educator’s strengths as they relate to this award.
2015 Global Educator of the Year
Bill Shannon, Park High School Livingston
For the last 32 years, Bill Shannon has dedicated his time to enhancing global education. Through involvement in the classroom, to promoting excitement and participation in activities such as Model United Nations and Academic WorldQuest, Bill has proven to be deserving of the title of 2015 Montana Global Educator of the Year.
Bill utilizes all resources available to enhance the education of his students. Throughout his career, he has been a special education teacher as well as a social studies teacher, teaching classes such as World History, World Cultures, and offered an independent study French class. He strives to enhance global education through guest speakers, food days, and videoconferences. Administrator Lynne Scalia says, “Over the years, Bill has developed a wide repertoire of skills, materials, and instructional strategies to draw some of the most apathetic and jaded young men and women into the experience of learning about world affairs and cultures.”
Bill has also led three international student trips to Japan as Livingston’s Sister City advisor. He is also on the Park High School Leadership Team, organizes the Park High Social Studies Department, and is currently working to align K-12 social studies curriculum. His actions enhance all social studies students in his community, not only his own students.
Bill’s students are active in the Council activities such as Council in the Classroom and Academic WorldQuest. Bill will be receiving a one-year membership to the Montana World Affairs Council, and a $500 donation to his classroom to purchase international materials and resources. This gift is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Edwin & Janet House.
2014 Global Educator of the Year
Amy Wallner-Drake, Bozeman High School
Highly regarded by students and colleagues, Amy has been going above and beyond to teach global awareness and understanding for over 11 years at Bozeman High School.
Amy is passionate about the world and demonstrates that passion by creating experiences for her students to embrace global opportunities by arranging guest speakers, mobilizing field trips, and holding informational sessions for students during lunch. Each year, she serves as a mentor to another teacher from a different country through the Teaching Excellence Award program. Amy is committed to exposing her classes to a variety of cultures. Many of her former students are currently studying or working abroad, and credit her with their desire to do so. She continues to keep in touch with her past students through email and Skype so they can share their world experiences with her current students.
As one of her students put it, “Seeing things in a new light is easier when you have a teacher who is passionate about what they’re teaching, and Ms. Wallner-Drake is passionate about the world.”
Amy’s students are active in Council programs such as Council in the Classroom and Academic WorldQuest because of her dedication. Amy will be receiving a one year membership to the Montana World Affairs Council, and a $500 donation to her classroom to purchase international materials and resources. This gift is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Edwin & Janet House.
2013 Global Educator of the Year
Mr. Geoffry Habel, Great Falls High School
The Montana World Affairs Council is pleased to announce the 2013 honoree Mr. Geoffry Habel of Great Falls High School. Shannon O’Brien, Education Policy Adviser to the Governor will present first annual Montana Global Educator of the Year award to a Montana teacher who has made exceptional contributions in broadening the global horizons of students and colleagues. The recipient of the Global Educator of the Year Award is bestowed upon an outstanding K-12 teacher who promotes international understanding in the classroom and contributes to the development of resources so that other educators and community members are better prepared to meet a major challenge of our time: to educate youth about global affairs. This recipient was selected by a committee of World Affairs Council members from a pool of nominations from across the state.
Geoffry Habel, a Social Studies teacher from Great Falls High School, was nominated by Great Falls Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Tom Moore and his nomination was supported by a letter from Great Falls High School Prinicpal, Jane Gregoire. Please join us in honoring Mr. Habel’s dedication to global understanding.