The World Affairs Council is proud to announce Erin Lynch as the recipient of the 2010 World Educator Award! Each year, the World Affairs Council recognizes an outstanding teacher of the world, in recognition of his or her significant contributions to international understanding in the classroom and to the development of international resources for the benefit of other educators. The World Affairs Council is pleased to announce the World Educator Award recipient for the 2010-2011 school year: Erin Lynch, from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Erin is an exemplary world educator who has taught World History and U.S. Government and Economics at Nathan Hale High School for more than 10 years. She has also been an active participant in the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom program for many years. In 2008 she was chosen to be part of the Global Classroom’s Educators Tour to Turkey, sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. In 2009 and 2010 she sent teams of Nathan Hale students to the Global Youth Leadership Initiative. “The World Affairs Council has had a huge positive impact on my ability to connect students to world events, people, and cultures,” said Lynch. “I really see this award as a reminder of the critical importance of global education and a reminder to set the bar higher. Even though I am intensely interested in global affairs and try to instill this curiosity in my students, it’s thanks to the World Affairs Council and the many associated people and programs that I am able to connect my students to the world.” The presentation of the World Educator Award represents an important part of our concerted effort to bring world issues into area classrooms and to give local community members and business leaders the opportunity to acknowledge the critical role teachers play in educating youth about the world. The World Affairs Council is committed to supporting area educators as they prepare students for a global future. Congratulations to Erin!