Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell receives the Global Teacher Prize from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, during a ceremony in Dubai in March 2017. MacDonnell, who works in a fly-in only village in the Arctic, was among 10 finalists chosen from 179 countries and won a $1 million prize.
Palestinian teacher Hanan al-Hroub won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in 2016 for her innovative approach in using play to counter violent behavior. Hroub grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem and now teaches at a high school in the West Bank.
Finalist Mike Wamaya is a former professional dancer. Now, through Annos Africa, a charity in Kenya that teaches art and dance classes to orphans and disadvantaged children, he provides arts education in the slums of Nairobi.
Finalist Raymond Chambers, a teacher at Brooke Weston Academy in the UK, developed new software for learning, using Microsoft Kinect. He has made ICT lessons more fun and engaging for his pupils.