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Walid Abushakra Award 2016
Posted 16/11/2016 03:14PM

Esol Education was pleased to recognize Forrest Broman, Founder and President of The International Educator (TIE) and Bambi Betts, Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership (PTC), as recipients of the 2016 Walid Abushakra Award. The award ceremony was held during the annual Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) Conference in Atlanta earlier this year. 

The award recognized Mr. Broman’s and Ms. Betts’ lifetime contribution to furthering the cause of international education, enabling schools around the world to recruit the best teaching talent and develop exceptional leaders. Mr. Broman has been in international education for 30 years, connecting the global education community through his work with The International Educator, a non-profit organization committed to matching the best educators with the best international schools around the world.  A leading education consultant, Bambi Betts heads the PTC, and has been actively involved as a course developer, trainer, and co-trainer for the PTC's Essential Skills courses.  Bambi is also the CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). 

“Esol Education has a long-standing relationship with both Bambi and Forrest, and their respective organizations, PTC and TIE, have been valuable partners in helping us develop exceptional schools around the world,” said Mr. Walid Abushakra. “We are pleased to confer this award in recognition of their dedication to education and their mission to propagate the highest standards of teaching to schools worldwide.” 

Both recipients elected to dedicate the US$5000 award donation to the Children of Haiti Project (COHP), which Forrest himself established in 2008. COHP's mission is to provide learning opportunities to children in Haiti with limited or no access to formal education, through the collective support and leadership of international schools, international institutions, and individuals worldwide. For more information, visit

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