Sharon McAdam, a teacher at Clayton Middle School, has received a 2013 Global Educator Award from VIF International Education.
“My students’ knowledge has grown, and that allows me to be more reflective and expand my knowledge as a teacher,” McAdam said. “I am honored to have received this award. I learn new things from the students to share with others, so the experience is reciprocal.”
A teacher since 2004, McAdam is a participant in the Global Gateway program, bringing international education into her classroom on a daily basis. Ongoing professional-development courses and access to the Connections Resource Library help McAdam integrate international content into her core instruction. Through the learning center, McAdam works to understand and investigate the world, connect with others and integrate global content in the classroom.
McAdam, who is from Jamaica, has been a teacher in the United States for two years. She won the award for her commitment to teaching sixth-grade social studies and promoting global awareness through her work. Next year, Clayton Middle will have additional international education resources and materials as a reward for McAdam’s hard work and dedication.
“Sharon McAdam is an inspiration for her peers,” said David Young, chief executive of VIF. “In order for students to succeed in the global economy, it is important for them to understand the importance of cultural perspective and how to collaborate with people from different countries.”
In their 14th year, the Global Educator Awards recognize outstanding educators who demonstrate a dedication to inspiring students, colleagues and community members to understand the world’s languages, its cultures and the diverse perspectives of all people.
The annual competition is open to all teachers taking part in a VIF program. An awards panel selects the winners based on a letter of support from a supervisor or administrator, a short essay and a brief video or portfolio demonstrating how they made learning global.