SOURCE: International Assoc. of Who's Who

September 21, 2015 13:00 ET

Randi D. Ward Is Named Professional of the Year by the International Assoc. of Who's Who

Randi D. Ward of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Recognized by the International Assoc. of Who's Who for Exemplary Achievements in the Fields of Education, Writing and Environmental Activism

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 21, 2015) - Mrs. Randi D. Ward is a teacher, writer and entrepreneur. She and her partner Samar Farouk opened 6 October English Institute, a new English center teaching English language skills in Cairo, Egypt, in 2014.

Mrs. Randi D. Ward was valedictorian of the Moundsville High School class of 1967. She received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Language Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Education/Teacher of the Gifted and Talented for Grades K through 12 from Marshall University.

Mrs. Ward began her career as a Language Arts teacher and was one of the first gifted/talented teachers in West Virginia but retired years later from the Gwinnett County Public Schools in metro Atlanta, Georgia. Randi D. Ward then went on to work as an ESL teacher, teaching English to Egyptian university students, university graduates, and professionals seeking to become fluent in English. After teaching for 37 years on the high school level in West Virginia and Georgia, Mrs. Randi D. Ward retired to pursue other opportunities. During that time, Mrs. Ward was also a founding partner of "Rise Up," an English language center, before its closing in the spring of 2014.

Mrs. Ward, with her Egyptian partner Samar Farouk, opened a new English center in Egypt, 6 October English Institute, which specialized in the education of young people. Mrs. Ward taught English to young Egyptian students at the Institute. 6 October was a nursery school for children ages 5 months to 5 years but also had classes for their parents and other adults. She taught these students via Skype from her home in Georgia using her many years' experience, creative imagination and specially created children's stories and other British Council materials purchased for the school. Teaching via Skype has allowed Mrs. Randi D. Ward to continue her work with her many adult and younger students abroad. Sadly due to health problems for both Ms. Farouk and Mrs. Ward, the educational institute was forced to close early in 2015.

After 37 years of teaching language arts and traveling to 49 different countries, Randi D. Ward decided to chronicle her experiences in Egypt. Her book, "Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True)" is filled with terror, enchantment, tear gas and tears. Joy, violent revolution and magical rebirth are the words she uses to describe her book. "Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True)" is a true life-changing adventure of a retired American English teacher who journeys to Cairo, Egypt, during Egypt's revolution in November 2011 to educate and inspire young Egyptian adults at a language school. What she discovered and more is contained in her book. Mrs. Ward is now working on her second book, "Dream Bigger," a collection of short stories, and a book of her poetry as well as a world travel adventure novel entitled "Random Wanderings." She is also designing motivational t-shirts and recently wrote the lyrics to her first song.

Mrs. Randi D. Ward is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and was honored in 2014-15 as "VIP Woman of the Year." She is also a member and 2015 Delegate of the International Women's Leadership Association, a prestigious women's leadership organization; an elite member of Strathmore Who's Who; a Pinnacle Professional member of Continental Who's Who; a member of Worldwide Who's Who and was named the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Education Industry, 2015 Top Female Executive, and is featured and profiled in its 2015 calendar as the month of March. Mrs. Ward is the Honorary President of World Peace Forest (Africa), a non-profit humanitarian farm project that raises money to grow the miracle Moringa tree which will one day use university students around the world to plant these trees in areas of Africa where reforesting is needed. Currently, she is working closely with a group of young Kenya University students with ANC (Africa Nomads Conservation) to help institute water purification initiatives, to reforest Kenya with the Million Tree Project and to assist in universal efforts to save animals in Kenya, such as elephants and rhinos, from poachers.

Mrs. Randi D. Ward is an activist who shares concern about animal welfare, arts and culture, children, civil rights and social action, economic empowerment, education issues, our environment, human rights, disaster and humanitarian relief, and poverty alleviation. Mrs. Ward hosts her personal blog site and does public speaking on a variety of subject matters upon request. Her next dream is to create and host a unique online radio program that will highlight young "dreamers' and entrepreneurs around the world.

Mrs. Randi D. Ward supports the ASPCA, March of Dimes, World Peace Forest (Africa), Africa Nomads Conservation, and Children's Cancer Institute.

When time allows, Mrs. Randi D. Ward pursues her interests in photography, world travel, flower gardening, social networking, video-making, t-shirt designing and blogging.

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