Springfield teacher named finalist for $1M prize
Feb. 13, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Springfield teacher has been named one of ten finalists for a $1 million international prize.
The Varkey Foundation announced Friday that Naomi Volain, a teacher at Springfield Central High School, is a finalist for its new Global Teacher Prize.
The winner will be announced March 15 in Dubai.
Volain began her career as a dietitian, but a desire to work with teenagers prompted a move into teaching. She now teaches advanced placement environmental science, botany, ecology and biology. Her hands-on highly interactive classes focus on environmental literacy and outdoor education.
The prize was set up to shine a spotlight on the important role of teachers in society.
More than 5,000 teachers from 127 countries were originally nominated.