Keishia Thorpe

Keishia Thorpe

Global Teacher Prize Winner


US teacher Keishia Thorpe who has opened up college education for low-income first-generation American immigrant and refugee students is the winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2021 in partnership with UNESCO. Keishia an English teacher at International High School Langley Park Bladensburg Maryland was selected from over 8000 nominations and applications for the Global Teacher Prize from 121 countries around the world.Keishia Thorpe currently teaches English to 12th-grade students at the International High School Langley Park Bladensburg Maryland United States a school where 100% of her students are English language learners and 95% identify as low-income. Keishia completely redesigned the 12th grade curriculum for the English department to make it culturally relevant to her students who are first-generation Americans immigrants or refugees from mostly Africa the Middle East the Caribbean and South and Central America. As a result of her interventions her English Language Learners have shown a 40% increase in their reading which contributed to the school meeting its growth-to-target rate with a 10% increase in WIDA scores for 2019-2020 and the highest in the school district for ELLs. Keishia was named the National Life LifeChanger of the Year for 2018-219 for her contribution to the teaching profession and other professional recognitions from the Governor the Senate the County Executive Office and the State Board of Education.

Monday, April 4, 2022

6:00 pm
7:45 pm


Seaport Ballroom A-E, Level 2

StageX: Monday Evening