World Educator Award

Nominate an Educator for the World Affairs Council’s 2022-2023
World Educator Award!

Each year, the World Affairs Council honors a local educator who has made exceptional contributions in broadening the global horizons of students and colleagues. The recipient of the World Educator Award is an outstanding K-12 teacher who promotes international understanding in the classroom and contributes to the development of resources so that other educators and community members are better prepared to meet a major challenge of our time. Our children’s lives will be defined by the world within and beyond our borders; a World Affairs Council World Educator is someone who works to ensure that their students’ learning is reflective of that reality.

Whether you are a teacher and have a colleague who has been a leader in promoting international understanding at your school, a student and have a teacher who has expanded your worldview, or are a parent who is grateful for the role a teacher has played in shaping your child’s perspective–we look forward to reviewing your nominations!

The World Educator is inducted into the World Affairs Council Fellows Program free of charge, and is given the opportunity to lead a Global Classroom workshop during the academic year of their award.

To nominate a World Educator, simply send us an email with the name of your nominee, their email address, and your reason for nominating them.

Please send nominations via email to by 5:00 PM, December 2, 2022. 

*Please note that educators must work in Washington state to qualify for the award.

Congratulations Hiromi Pingry,

the World Affairs Council’s 2019-2020 World Educator!

Hiromi Pingry grew up in Tokyo, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tohoku University. During her time at university, she also participated in the Japanese equivalent of the Peace Corps, the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, through which she taught math and science at a secondary school in Kenya. After college, and before moving to Seattle, Hiromi worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

While raising her sons in Seattle, Hiromi began volunteering at kindergarten and developed an interest in educating young children. In order to help her provide the best education and support for her students, in 2002 she earned her teaching certificate and in 2005 she gained a Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest.

Hiromi has taught Japanese at the John Stanford International Elementary School for sixteen years. As a teacher at John Stanford, she has become beloved by staff, students and families for her dedication to global studies, dual-language education and her belief in the capability of all of her students. Building on the Primary Years Program and the Asia Society’s Global Competence Framework, Hiromi has helped to lead the staff and community in growing students as bilingual and biliterate global citizens. She has also been instrumental in developing materials for teaching Japanese at John Stanford, and has shared her experience of creating new teaching resources with other foreign language educators across the country.

During her time as a teacher, Hiromi has also become involved in the International Schools Leadership Team and the Seattle Public Schools’ Racial Equity Team, helping to align curriculum to global citizenship standards, develop international education, and advance equity goals in the Seattle School District. Her efforts to bring the world into the classroom in innovative and meaningful ways has made a significant difference in the lives of students.

World Educator Award Recipients:

2022 – No educator selected due to COVID-19*
2021 – No educator selected due to COVID-19*
2020 – No educator selected due to COVID-19*
2019 – Hiromi Pingry, John Stanford International Elementary School
2018- Melissa Moffett, Industrial Design, Engineering, and Art (IDEA) School
2017- Jeff Blair, The Northwest School
2016 – Eileen Hynes, Lake and Park School
2015 – Patrick Grant, University Prep
2014 – Brandon Frederick, Bonney Lake High School
2013 – Noah Zeichner, Chief Sealth International High School
2012 – Hands for a Bridge, Roosevelt High School
2011 – Lisa Clarke, Kent-Meridian High School, Kent
2010 – Erin Lynch, Nathan Hale High School, Seattle
2009 – Ben Wheeler, Explorer West, Seattle
2008 – Bob Mazelow, Lakeside School, Seattle
2007 – Ryan Hauck, Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Marysville
2006 – David White-Espin, Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, Seattle
2005 – Betty Lau, Franklin High School, Seattle
2004 – Wendy Ewbank, Seattle Girls’ School, Seattle
2003 – Patricia Burleson, Island View Elementary School, Anacortes
2002 – Mary Ellen Cardella, Office of Minority Affairs High School, Seattle
2000 – Sue Pike, Foster High School, Tukwila
1999 – Gretchen Coe & Anne Fitzpatrick, Mercer Middle School, Seattle
1998 – Mary Hammond Bernson, Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle
1997 – Keith Forest, Decatur High School, Federal Way