Andria Zafirakou, a London teacher of Greek-Cypriot descent who won the 2018 Global Teacher Prize, has been warmly welcomed in Nicosia.
After meeting House President Demetris Syllouris, she said she was delighted to be in Cyprus and thanked her hosts for the hospitality she received.
Zafirakou, who teaches arts and textiles at Alperton Community School in the north London suburb of Brent, won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize in March, accompanied by a cash sum of $1 million.
The prize was established in 2015 to promote the profession and encourage the best.
Where 38-year-old Zafirakou teaches in north London is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the U.K., with 130 languages spoken in its schools.
Zafirakou learned to greet her students in 35 languages, since a large percentage of children attending school have difficulty speaking English. Among the languages she has learned are Portuguese, Hindi, Tamil, Arabic, Romanian, Polish and Italian.