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US teacher donates $1m prize to her school

16/03/2015 Kelly
An American teacher who has been awarded $1 million (£680,000) in recognition of her achievements has pledged to donate the money to the school that she founded.

Ms Nancie Atwell, an English and writing teacher from Edgecomb, Maine, was selected ahead of nine other finalists as winner of the Varkey Foundation's inaugural teacher prize.

Ms Atwell founded a school, the Center for Teaching and Learning, in Edgecomb in 1990. It has a library in every room and pupils read an average of 40 books a year. The institution also enables educators to exchange ideas about teaching methods.

There was one British contestant among the finalists. Richard Spencer, a science teacher at Middlesbrough College in the north-east of England, was commended for his success in making science accessible, BBC News reports.

On receiving the award, Ms Atwell said she felt "privileged" to be a teacher and the donation of her prize money was "not being selfless, but being committed to public service".

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