JENNIE WARMOUTH, a second grade teacher at Spruce Elementary in Lynnwood, Washington, and an adjunct professor at SPU’s School of Education, was one of 50 finalists for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize in 2021.

The $1 million Global Teacher Prize seeks to recognize an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as shine a spotlight on the critical role teachers play in society.

Warmouth was chosen as a finalist from more than 8,000 nominations and applicants from 121 countries worldwide. She works with students from diverse and often low-income backgrounds and has helped her students develop a sense of personal agency and also compassion by creating advertisements for difficult-to-place pets at a local animal shelter. Warmouth’s students have helped to re-home 600 pets, and the work with the shelter has helped her students consider professions in veterinary medicine, neuroscience, education, and creative writing. SPU previously highlighted Warmouth’s work as a National Geographic Grosvenor Fellow in Response (“A long distance relationship,” Spring/Summer 2021).

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