The World Affairs Council has selected Northwest School (Seattle, WA) Humanities teacher Jeff Blair for the 2017-18 World Educator Award. Jeff is being honored for his contributions to broadening the global horizons of both his students and his colleagues.
"I'm excited, honored, and humbled as much as anything," says Jeff. "I definitely share the award with my colleagues here at Northwest, who have for years done great international work: pioneering trips, hosting students, and making sure that our entire program and curriculum is global."
Jeff has taught Humanities at Northwest since 1989, and has been a key developer of hallmark programs, including transforming the school's approach to environmental sustainability, global curriculum, and professional development. He currently teaches 8th grade Humanities and focuses on world geography and literature, specifically on the African continent.
As a World Educator, Jeff is now an honorary member of the Global Fellows Program. As a member he will have the opportunity to meet and converse with distinguished guests brought in by the World Affairs Council for lectures and speaking engagements.
The award is another on the mantle for an already distinguished teacher. Jeff received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for educational research in South Africa in 2010. He was selected to participate in the Fulbright Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development in 2014. Jeff helped found one of Northwest's partner schools The International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia (ILAE) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ILAE just celebrated its first graduating class.