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Canadian wins $1M global award for teaching excellence

  • Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell raises the Global Teacher Prize with one of her students while standing next to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

    Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell raises the Global Teacher Prize with one of her students while standing next to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell holds the Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

    Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell holds the Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell, receives the Global Teacher Prize from Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

    Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell, receives the Global Teacher Prize from Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)  (The Associated Press)

A Canadian school teacher whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec has won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence.

Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize during a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world

Last year, Palestinian teacher Hanan al-Hroub won for her efforts in encouraging students to renounce violence and embrace dialogue. The inaugural prize went to Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from Maine.