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Miami High teacher a finalist for $1 million global prize

Joseph Underwood, a teacher at Miami High School, is a finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s 2018 Global Teacher Prize for his contributions to his profession and students.
Joseph Underwood, a teacher at Miami High School, is a finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s 2018 Global Teacher Prize for his contributions to his profession and students. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Joseph Underwood, a television production teacher at Miami High School, was recognized as a finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s 2018 Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million prize created to honor an exceptional teacher that aims to shed light on the role teacher’s play in society.

Underwood began his teaching career at the school as the head athletic trainer, and an instructor in science, drama, English and television production. In 2000, he moved into the classroom full time after experiencing success in motivating students to pursue careers in entertainment technology. Some of his students have gone on to become a news anchor in New York City, an associate producer at CBS Sports, and an art director for the national TV show “Burn Notice.”

Underwood’s success has granted him access to the 2007 National Teachers Hall of Fame and a global fellowship opportunity with the National Education Association Foundation.

“I could not be more pleased to represent Miami High and Miami-Dade County Public Schools on the world stage. I truly believe this outstanding recognition is reflective of over 30 years helping my students prepare for success for both college and career pathways,” Underwood said.

The Global Teacher Prize winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills forum on March 18 in Dubai.

Abrante Check Presentation
Lucas Abrante-Cosio, right, of Riviera Preparatory School presents a $13,446.25 check to Jeanne Cadwallader of the American Red Cross to help victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Riviera Preparatory School

Lucas Abrante-Cosio, a senior at Riviera Preparatory School, teamed up with the Riviera Swim Team to raise money to help victims of the recent natural disasters in parts of North America and the Caribbean.

Lucas and the team swam about 4,954 laps and collected funds, per lap, from sponsors—totaling $13,446.25. The funds were later donated to the American Red Cross.

Palmer Trinity School

Several Palmer Trinity School students participated in the recent Round Square Global Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, as delegates for their school. The objective of the conference was to encourage students to embrace diversity and ignite global change.

Delegates included Helena Evans, Hope Franklin, Isabella Gomez, Christopher Hudson, Brooke Kleber and Nicolas Rey, and they were hosted by families of students at St. George’s Grammar School in Cape Town. In addition to the conference, the students accepted a global membership flag on behalf of their school.

During the next Upper School Awards Night, one of the delegates will receive a King Constantine Medal for representing the Round Square IDEALS of learning, which are internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service.

2018 Miami National College Fair

Students and parents that have financial aid, admissions, and testing questions about college are invited to the 2018 Miami National College Fair at noon Feb. 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel’s Miami Airport and Convention Center, 777 NW 72 Ave., in Miami.

Sessions will be available in Spanish and Haitian-Creole. Parking is $5, and only cash will be accepted. For information, call 305-995-1739 or visit www.nacacnet.org.

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