2013 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR:
BHAVANI PARPIA OF HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD
Bhavani Parpia, a veteran teacher and program administrator in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, is the 2013 World Affairs Council International Educator of the Year.
The announcement of the honor, presented by the Council’s International Education Program, was made Tuesday at a sold-out luncheon at the Sheraton Dallas. The keynote speaker was education reform proponent Tony Wagner, author and Harvard University’s Innovation Education Fellow, discussing “Creating Innovators.”
The Council’s award is presented annually to a North Texas educator who rises above the “routine” and influences students, teachers and administrators to embrace the positive nature of international knowledge and understanding.
Jennifer Bowden, Executive Director of the IEP, praised the honoree for her exemplary “dedication, initiative, work ethic and effectiveness” and added, “She has been and continues to be a champion of international education and global cooperation. I can honestly say throughout her years in education, Bhavani has positively touched the lives of students and teachers locally, nationally and abroad. She is a model teacher and a great person.”
Parpia is the coordinator of the respected International Business Initiative in the HEB ISD. The Initiative is designed to give students “an edge” over global competitors for college and workplace positions. Through IBI, young people get the opportunity to study such key international business languages as Hindi, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic while learning about global cultures and the international economy.
The2013 International Educator of the Year is also the president of the international education non-profit organization, ConnecTeach, which she founded in 2011. ConnecTeach’s mission is to “connect teachers worldwide in the spirit of service learning and collaboration.” This is accomplished with a network of teachers who volunteer to work with schools “in highly underserved areas of the world” and provide educational tools to make the students “globally competitive.”
What inspires this educator in the era of testing controversies and budget cuts? “ Hope, and just as important, real progress in public school education,” she says. “Look at what we’re accomplishing at HEB ISD in these trying times. The International Business Initiative, a truly innovative concept in public school education, is an example of what can be done if you are different by design, as we are at HEB ISD. Just like World Affairs Council brings the world to us, we bring the world to our students through our unique world language offerings and the opportunity to explore and appreciate other cultures through our sister school partnerships in India, China, and Morocco.”
For more information, contact Kris Mewherter of the Council at 214-965-8413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its founding in 1951, the mission of the nonprofit, nonpartisan World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth has been to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare North Texans to thrive in our complex world. For more information, visit www.dfwworld.org