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Five teachers who make a difference around the world

Written by: Sarah Hurd

Imagine having a job where you constantly need to adapt your work to accommodate the different learning styles of your staff or constituents. These are just a few of the challenges facing teachers around the world every day – in normal circumstances. Add on top a global pandemic, forcing teachers and students into lockdown, and the complexities skyrocket.

Why do teachers do it? They deeply care about their students and want to make a difference in the trajectory of their lives. Teachers are arguably among the most important members of society. They have the power to give children purpose and provide them with the skills they need to become successful citizens of our world. And since the pandemic began, over 90 million teachers around the world have adapted to meet the needs of their students, no matter how difficult.

Striving to make students feel special

Christine Efferding is a bright, young teacher at Dubuque Community School District in her hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. She joined the district last year after teaching high school in Qingdao, China to students aspiring to attend American universities. Christine joined New Teacher Center’s (NTC) mentorship program to expand her skills and support her professional growth as an educator.

Leveling up underserved communities

Born in Dungung, a small agricultural village in Plateau State of Nigeria, Joel is also a mentor and role model to his many students at the University of Jos in Jos, Nigeria. For over 17 years, he has been a Cisco Networking Academy instructor and deputy director of ICT at the university, empowering his students with the skills they need to secure high-paying jobs in tech.

Empowering students with real-world job skills

For over 35 years, she has been teaching technology courses at the college level, providing her students with the real-life skills and mentorship they need to pursue a career in tech. I am passionate about training young college students for professional careers. Every college student is unique, and I like to be a part of the academic success of students, says Vini.

Expanding career opportunities for persons with disabilities

Many students at Curtin University in Australia know Iain Murray as a [Cisco__Networking__Academy] instructor, which he’s been for over 17 years. What started out as a short-term research project with only five students has grown into a global training program, with nearly 300 students from partner organizations in India, Sri Lanka, The United Kingdom, South Africa, and Myanmar. The program has a nearly 100 percent success rate, with students learning the skills they need to secure jobs in the technology sector.

Empowering multilingual learners and their families

Amy Collinge is always looking to expand opportunities for multilingual learners.

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May 03, 2021 at 21:39

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