Global Teacher Prize


Posted at 10:29 am on March 22, 2017

Recent Global Teacher Prize winner and former Afton resident has high praise from the people of her hometown. Maggie MacDonnell won the Global Teacher Prize, along with a 1 million dollar award to be used within her community.
Antigonish County Warden Russell Boucher says the county is very proud to see one of their own win such a prestigious award:
During the council meeting, MacDonnell was recognized by councillors for her outstanding contributions to the community of Salluit, Quebec. MacDonnell created a number of programs for boys and girls, including job mentorship and funds to assist with healthy meals.


Posted at 10:44 am on March 20, 2017

An Antigonish County native, St .FX graduate and former Coady Intern has won the world’s top teaching award.  Maggie MacDonnell, who teaches in Salluit, a remote

Maggie MacDonnell hoists the Global Teacher Prize with one of her students at a ceremony in Dubai.

northern community in Quebec, has been named winner of the Global Teacher Prize. It is a $1 million US award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. It acknowledges the impacts of the very best teachers  not only on their students but on local communities.  In a video on the Global Teacher Prize web site, MacDonnell says her role as a teacher in a northern community is quite different from her counterparts in other parts of the country.

MacDonnell has received high praise in developing a Life Skills program by motivating students to return to school with programs of interest to them from cookery to mechanics.  She has developed a life skills program specifically for girls, and helped in the creation of a fitness centre, and started a running club.  With her encouragement and guidance students have developed a community kitchen and a second hand store.