Maine educator Nancie Atwell on Sunday won the prestigious Global Teacher Prize on Sunday and a $1 million prize that goes with it.

Atwell, who founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, said much of the money would provide tuition assistance to the private school.

She received the award from President Bill Clinton at a ceremony in Dubai.

Atwell is a pioneer in reading education and the author of several books including "In the Middle."