Maggie MacDonnell was in Congo when she logged onto a computer to interview for a teaching job in the upper reaches of northern Quebec.
The interview went well, and she was soon flying a world away to Salluit, Que., population 1,450.
That was almost seven years ago, and her work there has some people calling MacDonnell one of the best teachers in the world.
That’s no idle brag from the class pet. MacDonnell has beat out 20,000 other nominees and is the lone North American on a short list of 10 for the Global Teaching Prize, which comes with $1 million US.
A teacher, a coach, a mentor…
Salluit is a picturesque, windswept spot not far from the Hudson Strait, the second-most northern community in the province.
Not long after she arrived, MacDonnell was joined by the man who is now her husband, Abdullah Kafashe, a strapping Tanzanian. He was the only African and only Muslim in Salluit.
?The pair quickly adopted the community, …