A biology professor from Querétaro named among the 10 best in the world
A high school teacher from Querétaro has been named by the Varkey Foundation as one of the top 10 teachers in the world.
Diana Lorena Rubio Navarro made the last 10 for the Global Teacher Prize 2021 for her work at the Center for Industrial Technology and Services Baccalaureate (CBTIS) in Corregidora, Querétaro. She holds a PhD in Neurobiological Sciences from the National Autonomous University and started teaching biology in 2011.
The finalists were selected from 8,000 entries and nominations from 121 countries for the seventh edition of the competition, which will award US $ 1 million to the winner.
One of Rubio’s priorities is to promote the interest of women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, said the Varkey Foundation. Last year, she won a national teaching award for her STEM education work. The prize of 1 million pesos (approximately $ 49,000) was used to purchase materials for his school’s science club.
The Varkey Foundation praised “his incredible work ethic and his appetite to be a positive force for change”, and added that Rubio found teaching and “contact with young people magical”.
The teacher participates in conferences at national events and is co-founder of the media platform Scienko México and Mujeresteam.dgeti, an online community that promotes women in STEM.
The Varkey Foundation said it created the award to “recognize an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to highlight the important role teachers play in society” and to “unearth thousands of stories heroes who have transformed the lives of young people.
The other nine teachers come from Canada, the Philippines, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ghana, France, Australia and Iran.
Last year, teacher from Indian village Ranjitsinh Disale, who has transformed the lives of young girls, was named the winner.
With reports from Milenio