Maths teacher from Milan could win $1m prize.
A 55-year-old teacher at Milan’s Vittorio Veneto scientific high-school is among the 50 educators from across the world shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018, known as the “Teachers’ Nobel Prize” and worth US$1 million.
Lorella Carimali, who teaches maths, is in the running to win the non-profit’s annual prize, to be awarded in Dubai in March 2018. It is awarded each year to one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.
The 50 finalists were shortlisted from over 30,000 nominations and applications from 173 countries around the world. The shortlist includes representatives from 33 countries.
Carimali has loved the inner beauty of maths since primary school, even before she’d mastered all the tools, according to her profile on the Varkey Foundation website. She chose to teach rather than take her talents into business so that she could transmit her passion and combine her social commitment with professionalism.
Her innovative teaching approach has produced excellent results in experiments and in class – most notably with students who, having been let down by other teachers went on to achieve results that made newspaper headlines. Italy’s education ministry has recognised her as one of the ten best Italian teachers for her approach and success with students who had previously struggled with maths.
The prize money is to be spent on teaching projects.