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Best teacher in world has Margaree roots

-by Rankin MacDonald

    “Teaching represented the ideal way to connect to youth, and have the opportunity to understand their realities, and design programs to help them reach their goals.” – Maggie MacDonnell
    As we told you last week, a teacher with close ties to Margaree Forks was in the running for the honour of being named the best teacher in the world.
    Maggie MacDonnell, who teaches in an isolated community in Northern Quebec, made the final 10 list out of 20,000 teachers considered around the world.    
    On Sunday night in Dubai, her name was read from the International Space Station as being the top teacher on this planet for 2017.
    Her mother, Aurelia (Chiasson) MacDonnell; a cousin, Marie Copley of Inverness; and several of her students attended the awards ceremony.
    The Global Teacher Prize, worth $1 million, went to Maggie, who teaches at a fly-in community known as Salluit and who was described as “changing the lives of her students and transforming her community.”
    She has taught in Salluit for six years, where she witnessed 10 student suicides.

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