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Spurs player in teacher prize shortlist Image caption Eartha Pond has made the final 50 in a competition for the world's best teacher

A London teacher who raised ?100,000 for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and who plays top-level football has been named in the top 50 shortlist for the annual Global Teacher Prize.
Eartha Pond is a finalist in the $1m (?750,000) teaching competition.
The PE teacher, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, is assistant vice-principal at the Crest Academy in Neasden, north-west London.

She says it's great to see the value of teachers' work being recognised.
The teachers in the final 50 are from 33 countries, in a competition run by the Varkey Foundation with the aim of raising the status of the teaching profession.
'Every day is a lesson'

Ms Pond, who trained as a teacher six years ago, has helped to run Girls Allowed clubs in schools, encouraging young women to take part in sport.
As a footballer she played for Chelsea and Arsenal before signing for Spurs - and in teaching she has also been a top performer, with a strong record in results in sports qualifications.
As a teacher, she says "every day is a lesson". And combining teaching with football, she says can feel like trying to live the lives of two people.
She lives close to the site of the Grenfell Tower fire - and says that when she saw what had happened she began to raise funds.
"I hoped to raise ?5,000," she said. But in the end she collected ?80,000 and then a school's sports day and support from local businesses took the total to ?100,000.
"It's my community, it was a natural reaction, my people needed help," she says of the efforts to support survivors.

Ms Pond is one of four teachers from the UK in the top 50, in a shortlist drawn from more than 30,000 nominations.
Also in the running are:

Andria Zafirakou, an arts and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School, north-west London. She has learned several languages to engage with local communities and worked to encourage more of her pupils to get university places. Rebecca Cramer, head teacher and co-founder of Reach Academy Feltham, south-west London. In its first GCSE year, 98% of pupils achieved good grades in maths and English. Tuesday Humby, principal of Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Widnes, Cheshire. She has helped to widen the horizons of disadvantaged pupils, with an "enrichment charter" which offers residential trips, theatre visits and an overseas trip to Kenya.

The winner will be presented next year with their prize at a ceremony in Dubai.
Last year's winner was Maggie MacDonnell, who teaches at a remote village school in the Canadian Arctic and who has campaigned about the problem of youth suicides in the Inuit community.
The winner was announced by a video-link with astronauts on the International Space Station and with a message from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, congratulated the finalists and said: "We intend to keep this momentum going as our journey continues to return teachers to their rightful position as one of the most respected professions in society."

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Grenfell fire fundraiser shortlisted

Grenfell fire fundraiser shortlisted for $1m global teacher prize
A deputy headteacher who has raised more than £100,000 for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is in the running for one of the world’s top teaching awards.
Eartha Pond, who combines her leadership role with teaching PE at the Crest Academy in north-west London, as well as playing professional football for Tottenham Hotspur, is one of four UK teachers up for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher prize.

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They are on a shortlist of 50 selected from more than 30,000 nominations from 173 countries. The winner stands to win a $1m (£650,000) cash prize.
Pond said that making the shortlist was amazing, adding: “I haven’t had time to stop and think about it.

“If it brings some sort of attention to teaching and everything staff put towards their work, that’s great.”
Pond was a professional footballer for Arsenal and Chelsea Ladies before training to be a teacher six years ago. She has since taught BTec sport classes with 100% pass rates and has already been named teacher of the year by School Sport Matters.
If the prize brings some sort of attention to teaching and everything staff put towards their work, that’s great.
Eartha Pond

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In every school she has worked in, she has set up and run a Girls Allowed club, where girls can build their confidence and take part in sports in a relaxed, female-exclusive environment.
On the morning of the Grenfell Tower fire, Pond set up a crowdfunding appeal, which has so far raised more than £86,000 for survivors. She also raised money through her school’s sports day, and helped organise a West End concert to support those affected by the fire. In total, she helped to raise more than £100,000.

Pond must survive a second shortlisting exercise, to take the 50 candidates down to 10 finalists from whom the winner will be chosen. The prize committee will assess candidates according to their success in the classroom, their innovative teaching practices, their achievements in the wider community and their example to others who might want to become teachers.
The 10 finalists will then be invited to Dubai to the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) on 18 March, where the winner will be announced live on stage. The winner will be paid the $1m prize money in equal instalments over 10 years, on the condition that he or she remains a classroom teacher for at least five years.

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The three other UK teachers to be shortlisted for the prize are: Andria Zafirakou, an arts and textiles teacher from Alperton community school, north-west London; Rebecca Cramer, a science teacher from Reach Academy, Feltham, Middlesex; and Tuesday Humby, the headteacher of Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Widnes, Cheshire.
Sunny Varkey, the founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher prize, said: “We intend to keep this momentum going as our journey continues to return teachers to their rightful position as one of the most respected professions in society.”

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