Eliza Minnucci, Vermont Eliza Minnucci first developed a fascination for the natural world in 2005 when she was teaching in the local Head Start classroom in a tiny native Alaskan village north of the Arctic Circle.
Shella Condino, Virginia Shella Condino’s journey from the Philippines to Presidio, Texas, wasn’t by design — she ended up teaching physics and chemistry in the impoverished Mexico border town because there were no American teachers who would take the job.
Lena Solow, New York Bronx, New York-based Lena Solow's sex ed classes are a lot more informative. She goes over the birds and the bees, but she and her team of high school-age peer educators also tackle sexting, LGBT tolerance, contraceptives and — this is one of Solow's most important goals — sexual pleasure.
Kakenya Ntaiya, Kenya When Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya was in eighth grade in Kenya, she was so committed to getting an education that she made a deal with her father, a deal that would exact an incredibly steep price.