Souad Belcaid of Morocco chosen as semi-finalist in the Global Teacher Prize competition

The Varkey GEMS Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize has nominated Souad Belcaid of the American School of Tangier as a finalist:

global teacher prizeMs. Souad Belcaid of the American School of Tangier has just been chosen as one of 50 candidates world-wide for the Global Teacher Prize, a one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation.  The award will be given to “one innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community.”  Ten finalists will be announced in mid-February and the winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 16, 2015.

The Varkey GEMS Foundation was founded by Sunny Varkey, a Dubai-based Indian educational entrepreneur.  The GEMS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of GEMS, Global Education Management Systems, which operates over 130 schools in over a dozen countries.  The Varkey GEMS Foundation partners with organizations like UNESCO, UNICEF, and the Brookings Institute in their mission to support education around the world.  They currently have commitments of over 100 million dollars to schools and NGOs promoting education around the world.

Ms. Belcaid has worked as a teacher in Massachusetts, Missouri, Egypt, and Morocco.  In Milton, Massachusetts she received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007.  In her third year as the 6th grade teacher at the American School of Tangier, she has brought new techniques in Mathematics instruction to AST, as well as working with parents, students, and staff to confront and eradicate bullying at school.  The American

School of Tangier is indeed fortunate to have such a talented and concerned teacher on its staff.


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