After winning the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from rural Maine, donated it to charity. Well it wasn’t just any charity. She’s donating the full prize to the Center for Teaching and Learning, which she founded in 1990 in Edgecomb, Maine as a nonprofit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating teaching methods.
Her rationale for giving the money away is as amazing as the generous act itself. While the price is a great validation of her work, “I really find that I’m validated every day just by the experiences I have with children in the classroom,” she said.