Randi D. Ward, Educator, Writer, Entrepreneur and Founder of the English Institute, a center in Cairo, Egypt, has recently been selected as Educator of the Decade by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).
Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only
1 Male and 1 Female professional in the education industry are selected for this distinction.
This member has demonstrated excellence in her field for over 40 years. Randi will be honored for this distinction and receive her recognition as Top Female Visionary of the Year at IAOTP’s 2020 Annual Awards Gala being held at the magnificent Plaza Hotel in New York City. Randi has received the 2019 IAOTP Empowered Woman of the Year Award and was inducted into its exclusive Hall of Fame. Named as Top Female Professional of the Year in 2018, Randi also had the honor of speaking at IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala. In 2017 she was selected as Top Professional of the Year in Language Arts by IAOTP. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami stated, “Choosing Randi for this honor was a simple decision for our panel to make. Serving many years as a prominent and extraordinary teacher, Randi is beyond passionate about her life’s work. We know her to be competent, patient and hopeful. She explores different teaching methods and has created such a diverse impact on professionals and her students on a global level. Randi has been a major support for our network of professionals from the beginning, and we are looking forward to celebrating her success with her this year at the Annual Awards Gala.”
Randi has demonstrated success not only throughout her teaching career but also as an award-winning author and successful business entrepreneur. Randi graduated valedictorian of the Moundsville High School Class of 1967. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts and her Master of Arts Degree in Education for teaching Gifted and Talented for Grades K through 12 from Marshall University. Randi began her career as a Remedial Reading and Language Arts Teacher and was one of the first gifted/talented teachers in West Virginia. After retiring from the Gwinnett County Public Schools in Metro-Atlanta, Georgia, she went on to work as an ESL educator in Cairo, Egypt, teaching English to Egyptian university students, university graduates, and professionals seeking to become fluent in English.
Once retired from teaching, Randi founded “Rise Up” an adult English Language Center with partners Ahmed Mohamed and Ehab Mohamed (former students of hers in Cairo) and then opened a second English center in Cairo with her partner Samar Farouk. 6 October English Institute taught Egyptian students from ages 5 months to 5 years old as well as offered classes to Egyptian parents and adults. Randi taught these classes via Skype from her home in Georgia. This role was fitting for Ms Ward because she was able to utilize her diverse background and experience, her creative talents, her imagination, and her writing and language skills. When the educational institute was forced to close in early 2015, Randi picked up her pen and paper and decided to continue her writing career. Her first book “Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True),” a true life-changing adventure filled with terror, enchantment, joy and magical rebirth, was published in 2012. Randi has completed three other books: “Dream Bigger” which is a collection of adult reading level short stories, a collection of children’s short stories entitled “Fables and Rhymes for All Times”, and her world travel adventure novel entitled “Random Wanderings.” She is currently working on this novel’s sequel “Wandering No More”. She hopes to publish them in the future.
This fascinating woman is also working on her poetry, creating motivational videos for YouTube, writing blogs, and designing motivational t-shirts while writing lyrics to her first song. Randi is the Chief Editor and a Contributing Writer for “Morocco Pens” (an online magazine founded by Ayoub Elkadi) and an Administrator for Arabian Online Press on Facebook. Soon she will create her new podcast. It is her desire to introduce the world to other “big dreamers” like her and to recognize and highlight the amazing work they are doing to help their communities and/or humanity. She also enjoys helping Facebook friends (now considered like family) who have moved to the USA as legal immigrants.
Having traveled with her recently deceased husband Bill to 60 countries in four continents, she has seen how some people sadly struggle in various parts of the world. Being a proud American, she wants others to experience the incredible lifestyle with which she has been blessed. Thus, she and her husband Bill (along with their Saint Bernard Savannah) have hosted six Egyptian and two Moroccan immigrants in their home over the past eight years. Her life philosophy is reflected in her copyrighted quote: “Believe! Don’t dream big; dream bigger! The sky is the limit so reach for the stars!”
Randi remains active in her community and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. She recently came back from South Africa and three other African countries, where her mission is to help endangered animals. She is the USA Regional Director of the Africa Nomads Conservation in Kenya and works with founder Noor Santosian and is also a Coordinator and Honorary President of World Peace Forest (Africa) in Egypt founded by Ambassador/Doctor Mahmoud Hassouna. In 2014 she was selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Worldwide Who’s Who and was highlighted in its annual calendar for the month of March. In 2015 she was honored as this organization’s Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian of the Year and as a Top Female Executive in 2014 as well an Inductee, Elite American Artist (2015). Later that year Randi was named a Pinnacle Professional member of Continental Who’s Who. In 2015 she was inducted into the National Association of Professional Women (now IAW) and honored as “Woman of the Year”. In 2016 she was named “Professional of the Year” by the International Association of Who’s Who and became a Delegate for International Women’s Leadership Association. IWLA published her article “Taking the Needed Risks” in its “Choices” magazine in June 2016 on which she appeared on the cover and did a YouTube video interview with her. She appeared in the magazine “Women of Distinction” in October 2016 and was interviewed in a podcast. International Society of Business Leaders selected her as Editor of 2016. She is highlighted in the 2017 book edition of Strathmore’s Who’s Who as a VIP member. In 2018 she was selected by Marquis Who’s Who as a Top Female Executive and as an Outstanding Author for its sister organization Women of Excellence. She was recognized in a 2018 article in POWER magazine and was also featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. One of her short stories “Isabella’s Undying Love” was launched in a Valentine Anthology book called “A Cup of Love” along with 29 other award-winning authors and members of Walton Writers in Monroe, GA, founded by Barbara Barth. The profits from this book are donated to First Book (an organization that gives away free books to children). In 2019 she received an award from Top 100 Registry as Woman of the Year in Writing and Woman of the Year for Language Arts in 2020.
She is also a sought-after speaker and lecturer. Randi has been interviewed in 9 USA radio programs, including her April 7, 2020, Indie Beacon Radio video interview, and her Egyptian adventure memoir was documented in 2 Egyptian newspapers and 2 magazines. In 2019 she appeared in “Voyage ATL Magazine”. In August 2019 she was honored with an article in “Marquis Millennial Magazine” and was highlighted on the magazine cover. By the end of 2020, her new murder short story “A Baker’s Half Dozen” will appear in the future anthology “A Cup of Cyanide” with other writers from her Walton Writers group in Monroe, GA. Her other professional writers’ organizations include Scribblers Christian Writers, Southeastern Writers Association, and Atlanta Writers.
Looking back, Randi credits her success to her drive and passion for learning and her tremendous foresight and perseverance. In the future she hopes to continue providing educational tools to people internationally and to entertain and educate people through her various works of literature.
For more information on Randi please visit: www.randidward.com and
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