Maine teacher wins $1M Global Teacher Prize

Nancie Atwell, a teacher from Southport, Maine, U.S., center, poses with former President of the United States Bill Clinton, left, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, after she won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Atwell has been teaching since 1973 and founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in Southport. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A teacher from rural Maine has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in Dubai.

Nancie Atwell of Southport, Maine, won the prize during a ceremony Sunday.

Atwell has been teaching since 1973 and founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in Southport, which is a nonprofit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating teaching methods. The school says 97 percent of its graduates have gone on to university.

The Global Teacher Prize is an annual, $1 million prize awarded by the Varkey Foundation, which focuses on education issues.

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