Educators invest so much of themselves in the potential and promise of others. They know that each person they teach or mentor can have a big impact on others and on society at large. Their valuable work often goes unnoticed and undermined by the larger forces of change. Each educator nominated here is making a unique contribution to their students and peers. Find out what they’re up to and how their work is reaching people far and wide.

Two stacked portraits of the same smiling white woman fit together and use bold flat shapes and strong colors. She uses a power wheelchair with headrest.
Stephanie Faso (two views) by Jason Monzon, felt pen and watercolor, 11 x 15 inches, 2019
The artist worked over a photograph to create a three quarter profile of a woman in sunglasses with a broad smile with contrasting colors. Her clothing has a golden shimmer, her hair is bright orange and the background is matt green.
Whitley Gilbert by Chris Carr, digital file, 2019

A head and shoulders of a woman with a large face and short hair has her right hand raised. A small sun with fringes to her left warms everything in the surrounding area underneath.
Karen Nakamura by Deatra Colbert, color pencil, 20 x 16 inches, 2019
A smiling African American man with very short hair and a neat moustache signs and smiles. The blue background is almost the same color as his green shirt and draws attention to his face and hand.
Francis Refan Phiri by Karen Ridge, mixed media, 11 x 15 inches, 2019