Tripsa named 2013 Global Educator winner
Kanista Zuniga, VIF International Education program manager, left, and Margareta Tripsa
Smithfield Elementary teacher Margareta Tripsa has been named a 2013 Global Educator by the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Education program. She is one of six teachers in the state who were recently awarded this honor and the only one in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The award, in its 14th year, honors educators who provide global understanding. Tripsa will also receive education resources and materials for her school.

“She is a true educator who seeks creative ways to make learning real and meaningful,” said Jill Trotter, assistant principal at Smithfield.  

Tripsa has taught for 13 years. She is originally from Romania. She has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Smithfield for two years and in the United States for four years. Tripsa uses professional development courses such as Ongoing Global Gateway and the Connection Resource Library to integrate international content into her lessons.

“As an exchange teacher, I have tried to make a positive impact on my school, my students and the community where I work,” Tripsa said. “This wonderful experience of being a global exchange educator allowed me to be well-equipped for education in the 21st-century and share that with my students.”

VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. The international education programs are turnkey, standards-aligned and accessible, and have demonstrated student achievement impact across demographics.

“Ms. Tripsa is a proven leader in her classroom and in the school through her innovative instructional approaches,” said Trotter. “Students are consistently engaged in learning, as they connect to the outside world through a variety of multimedia projects.”

Global Educator winners are chosen based on effective cultural teaching. An awards panel selects the winning educators based on a letter of support from a supervisor or administrator, a short video or portfolio demonstrating how they made learning global and a brief essay.

“Margareta Tripsa is an inspiration for all educators,” said David Young, CEO of VIF. “In order for students to succeed in our global economy, it is important for them to understand the importance of cultural perspective and how to collaborate with people from different countries.”