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PGCPS Assistant Principal Joins National Teachers Hall of Fame

Apr 09, 2024

Charles Herbert Flowers High School Assistant Principal Keishia Thorpe has been named to the National Teachers Hall of Fame Class of 2024, joining an elite group of educators recognized for dedication, innovation and impact!

In 2021, as a teacher at International High School at Langley Park, Thorpe received the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, rising above 8,000 nominees from 121 countries around the world! Awarded by the Varkey Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO), Thorpe was selected for her work expanding college access for low-income, first-generation immigrant and refugee students.

"Education is a human right, and all children should be entitled to have access to it," Thorpe said. "This recognition is not just about me, but about all the dreamers who work so hard and dare to dream of ending generational poverty. This is to encourage every little Black boy and girl that looks like me, and every child in the world that feels marginalized and has a story like mine, and felt they never mattered."

Thorpe, who came to the United States from Jamaica on a track and field scholarship, founded the nonprofit U.S. Elite International Track and Field with her twin sister, Dr. Treisha Thorpe, to help "at risk" student-athletes around the world use their talents to pursue scholarships to U.S. colleges and universities.