People to People Ambassador Programs Partners with Prestigious National Teacher of the Year Award Global Educational Travel Provider Supports Long-Time Honor Recognizing Teaching Excellence

SPOKANE, Wash., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences, today announced it has been named a program partner in the National Teacher of the Year Program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the oldest and most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on teaching excellence.

"We are thrilled about this new partnership that honors and celebrates teachers and teaching excellence across the country," said Peg Thomas, president of People to People Ambassador Programs. "We have all been impacted by great teachers. That's why we make teachers an integral part of our educational travel programs. Teachers who travel with us bring learning to life and help our students prepare for the future by stressing the importance of developing a global perspective."

The National Teacher of the Year is selected from a panel of educators, representing the 15 largest national education organizations. The 2010 National Teacher of the Year will be introduced to the American people by President Barack Obama during events at the White House on April 28-29, 2010. Representatives from People to People Ambassador Programs will be in attendance, including Peg Thomas, president of People to People Ambassador Programs; Jeff Thomas, chief executive officer of Ambassadors Group, Inc.; Mary Eisenhower, president and chief executive officer of People to People International and granddaughter of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower; and Rafer Johnson, Ambassadors Group, Inc. board member and 1960 Olympic gold medalist.

"People to People partnering with the National Teacher of the Year Program is a perfect match," said Dr. Betsy Rogers, 2003 National Teacher of the Year from Birmingham, Alabama who has also furthered the global education of teachers on behalf of People to People Ambassador Programs leading colleagues to Australia, New Zealand, China, Egypt and South Africa. "Cultural experiences make you a better teacher and help you gain an understanding of just how interconnected our world truly is. The more experiences you have and can share with your students, the greater impact you'll have on shaping their futures."

People to People Ambassador Programs travel to more than 49 countries on all seven continents and program participants come from over 100 nations. The organization trains more than 5,000 teachers each year who lead students on educational travel experiences, and 84 percent of students who have traveled on a People to People program report being accepted into their college of choice.

About People to People Ambassador Programs

People to People Ambassador Programs is the most recognized and respected educational travel provider and has provided more than 400,000 citizens of the world the opportunity to promote peace through understanding. The Ambassador Programs include Citizen, Student, Sports and Leadership to promote international and domestic programs for professionals, students, athletes, and the leaders of tomorrow. Participation in a People to People Ambassador Program contributes directly to personal success in a globalized world and fosters international friendships.

Our hands on, unique, educational travel programs provide access to people and places beyond compare and combine unique cultural experiences with personal interaction to create global impact.

For nearly 50 years, People to People Ambassador Programs has helped participants travel to seven continents while maintaining an extraordinary track record of travel safety. Our safety record is the result of many factors, including a reliance on federal guidelines, the strength and experience of our leaders, our organization's expertise and experience in program destination countries, a vast global network of resources and team members, and a sincere commitment to the wellbeing of our Ambassadors and their families.  For more information, visit:

The Ambassador Programs serve as the exclusive educational travel provider of People to People International (PTPI), the nonprofit, Kansas City-based organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote peace through understanding worldwide.  PTPI and Ambassadors Group are united in their mission of bridging cultural and political borders through education and exchange.

About Ambassadors Group

Ambassadors Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPAX) is a socially conscious education company located in Spokane, Washington.  Ambassadors Group is the parent company of People to People Ambassador Programs, World Adventures Unlimited, Society for Global Citizens, and BookRags, an educational research website.  The company also oversees the Washington School of World Studies, an accredited travel study and distance learning school. Additional information about Ambassadors Group and subsidiaries is available at


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks members' consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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