When the Varkey Foundation launched the Global Teacher Prize, their idea was to create the equivalent of a “Nobel Prize” for teaching. They believe that no system of education can be better than it’s teachers, and they’re working to increase the status of teachers. They want the world to recognize teaching is a valuable profession. The Dubai-based foundation, this month, announced that US teacher Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from Maine, has won this year’s inaugural prize. Global finalists hailed from 10 different countries, including the United Kingdom, India, and Afghanistan. On hand to award the million-dollar prize was President Bill Clinton, along with foundation dignitaries.