Andria Zafirakou MBE
Art Teacher, CEO of Artists in Residence and winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2018, Alperton Community School
Andria Zafirakou MBE, a teacher at Alperton Community School in Brent, won $1 million when she was crowned the best teacher in the world in 2018. Andria was born in north-west London to Greek-Cypriot parents and state-educated in Brent and Camden. She is an art and textiles teacher in Brent on the outskirts of London, one of the world's most ethnically diverse places. She is passionate about education and changing the lives of young people and underserved communities through creativity. Using the prize money awarded by the Global Teacher prize, Andria founded a charity called Artists in Residence (AiR) to improve arts education in schools. Andria is also an author, a Culture Leader for the World Economic Forum, an education advisor for the OECD and a trustee for various charities.