2021 Regional Winners

Meet our 2021 regional winners! Our 2021 winner as Annamma Lucy, from GEMS Our Own English High School, Sharjah - Boys' Branch.

Peggy Pesik - Sekolah Buin Batu, Indonesia

Australia, New Zealand & South-East Asia

"I'd like to nominate Miss Peggy because she is a committed Art teacher who was infected with COVID-19 last February. She continues to do her utmost to teach her students online from the hospital, despite the fact that she is still tied to oxygen and infused hoses. Nothing would be able to deter her from pursuing her dream. With all the difficulties, she managed to plan art activities, including our Virtual Arts Festival and Exhibition we’ve just had last year. She is a hard worker with many creations and innovations. She also tries to help us create our character by sharing inspiring stories. While teaching in a remote area in Sumbawa Island, she is also assisting local women in the creation and selling of a local handicraft, the Traditional Sumbawa Tenun cloth. This award is in recognition of her devotion and ability to go beyond expectation."

Peggy Pesik is from Manado city, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. She teachers Visual Art for Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High School at Sekolah Buin Batu. She is inspired by nature and enjoys teaching and making handmade craft, painting, drawing, writing poetry, theater, song writing, digital editing and photography. Peggy's goal is to encourage students to love learning, increase their creativity skills, and motivate them to be the best they can be.

Nonhlanhla Masina - African School for Excellence, South Africa

Central & Southern Africa

"Ms. Masina co-founded an incredible school in her South African township community in 2013. Her best work occurred in 2020, when she took full leadership of the school. When the pandemic hit, Ms. Masina refused allow any excuses. She instituted Whatsapp classes because students lacked the internet access or home computers, then ensured that every student received internet data and an external keyboard from the school. She taught six classes herself, in four subjects, in addition to managing staff. The result is that last year, ASE achieved by far the best results it has ever had, and is poised to do the same in 2021. The level of dedication, toughness, and skill that Ms. Masina has shown over the past year is unparalleled by anything I have seen in education—or in any field—in my career."

Nonhlanhla Masina holds a MSc (med) Pharmaceutics, BSc Honors in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and a BSc in Biological Sciences all from the university of the Witwaterstrand. She combines deep expertise in school leadership, academic research and deep township roots. She has designed, resourced and implemented an award winning education model which is the African School for Excellence and has been recognised as Mail & Guardian top 200 young South African for her work in education. She also serves a non-executive board member for Bridge innovation.

Raminder Kaur Mac - Choithram School, India

East & South Asia

"Mrs. Mac has enabled me to transcend boundaries and envision the world with a different perspective. She engaged us in collaborative projects and discussions with overseas school students to explore SDGs and delve deeper into local and global issues. Being the TED-Ed Club facilitator, she provided us a platform to discuss topics like sex education, LGBTQ+ with rising awareness. Leading the school's enterprise 'Good Earth', she catalysed our crusade for bringing ecological sustainability and social responsibility, making us realise how entrepreneurial ventures can create a colossal impact. Through various exchange programmes, she provided unparalleled opportunities to develop knowledge and skills needed for global citizenship. She mentored us in our project 'The Amygdala' aimed at improving mental health of adolescents, connecting us with professionals and peers across the globe through international webinars, assisting us to grow both in scope and impact. She is a harbinger of change and my guiding force."

Raminder Kaur Mac, Dean - International Affairs at Choithram School, India looks after the school's global citizenship programme and teaches English to grade 11 and 12 students. She was conferred with the Inspirational Teacher Award of School Enterprise Challenge from UK based charity Teach a Man to Fish, CBSE Teacher Award, British Council Global Teacher Accreditation Award with commendation, British Council Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme Award and was runner up in Global T4 SDG Challenge. She is a British Council School Ambassador, TeachSDGs Ambassador and is on the Teacher Advisory Panel of School Enterprise Challenge.

Anna Murray - British Council France, France


"Anna demonstrates our diversity values in everything she does; she leads our school book club, for which she has developed a diverse book list featuring authors and protagonists of colour, and tackling contemporary topics - and all while making sure these are accessible to students learning English as a foreign language. The impact on students is incredible. One commented this is the first time she has felt 'seen' for her identity as a PoC. Anna embeds EDI in the lessons she makes and shares and other teachers cherish her support. Her extraordinary work with one of her students who has an SEN and is nonverbal has led to the student making her first attempts to speak in English after several years of studying. In my time as a manager, I have never had a managee for whom I received so many emails of compliments."

Anna Murray hails from Dublin’s fair city. She holds a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, an MA in Cultural Studies, and CELTA and DELTA qualifications in teaching English as a Foreign Language. She has been combining these diverse areas of interest in her teaching since 2010 and has taught in universities, schools, and English language institutions in Uruguay and France. Anna currently works in the British Council France as a teacher and secondary coordinator, where she teaches English as a Foreign Language and Bilingual Literacy to primary, secondary, and adult students, develops teaching materials, and runs a book club for teens. She is passionate about the importance of reading in English language learning and sees books as an essential bridge to cultural understanding and diversity and equity education.  

Annamma Lucy - GEMS Our Own English High School Sharjah - Boys' Branch, United Arab Emirates

Middle East & North Africa

"Ms. Annamma Lucy prepares kids for the road ahead in life. A teacher whose impact goes beyond the classroom. She has given up her personal and family time to be with poor students, visited Uganda, Iraq, villages in India, encouraged students to participate in the UNICEF Kids Power. As an EXPO 2020 volunteer she hosted rewired talks and encouraged students across UAE to participate in meaningful conversations on education. And I should not forget to say about the Learning journey Programme which she conducted free for all students across UAE during the time of Pandemic. She is an inspiration not only for me but for all teacher community. As a Social study teacher, I see her encouraging her students to respect women, patriotism, good deeds, and I am proud to say she is my colleague."

Hailing from the garden city Bengaluru, India, Annamma's upbringing was under the tutelage of the Good Shepherd nuns as she lost her parents at the age of three. She holds them as the beacons of guiding light, nudging her relentlessly to achieve pinnacles of success. Now as a teacher, Annamma makes a humble attempt to emulate their care and kindness. Starting her teaching career in 1997 at Good Shepherd Convent Girls’ High School Mysore, in India, in 2007 she moved to UAE as an oversea teacher, to teach Social Studies at Our Own English High School, Boys’ Branch Sharjah, UAE. Annamma presently teaches grades 7 and 8 social studies and this is her 23rd year in teaching.

Melissa Crosby - Frankfort High School, United States

North & South America

"I am a Special Education teacher, co-teaching Algebra I within the Regular Education classroom with Melissa Crosby. I believe Melissa GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND each and every day for her students. She arrives at school before most everyone except the custodians and is normally the very last to leave. She dedicates her planning periods, her transition time (in between classes), and after school hours to helping students master the content in her classes. She is fantastic with differentiated instruction and makes every student feel successful, no matter the degree. More so, she has done this all while fighting off brain tumors and cancer. She is the ultimate educator who exemplifies what it means to GO ABOVE AND BEYOND with no limitations!"

Melissa Crosby graduated with a degree in Math Education from the University of Kentucky and then received her masters from Georgetown College. She has taught at Paris High School in Paris, Kentucky, and Franklin County High School, Frankfort Christian Academy and is currently in her 8th year teaching at Frankfort High School. Melissa's goal for her students is to encourage those who do well in math to push themselves further, and to make her students who think they can't do Math, believe they can. Melissa has a sign on her door with a Henry Ford quote, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right."

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