Holland High Teacher among 7 finalists for LASCO/MoEYI Teacher of the Year 2016-2017
Full Story from the Jamaica Observer
LASCO and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information last week announced the names of the 13 educators — six principals and seven teachers — who will vie for the coveted titles of Principal and Teacher of the Year 2016-2017.
The principals are Keisha Hayle, Padmore Primary; Prim Lewis, Aberdeen High; Marcia Lewis-Brown, Frankfield Primary & Infant School; Keith Wellington, St Elizabeth Technical High; Andria Dehaney-Dinham, Maryland All-Age School; and Angella Campbell-Treasure.
The contending teachers meanwhile are Judine Thomas-Shorter, Gaynstead High; Stevon Sheriffe, Santa Cruz Primary & Junior High; Petrina Ledgister, Manchester High; Joseth Kerr-Timoll, Holland High; Pelechia Rodney-Vernon, John Rollins Success Primary; Kerene Nelson, St Elizabeth Technical High; and Maureen Rowe-Campbell, St Hugh’s High.
The group, which LASCO described as not just leaders by title but beacons of change to those they inspire, were selected from a shortlist of eight principals and 28 teachers.
“This will be the second year in a row that a record number of nominations were received,” the entities reported. “There are seven finalists for Teacher of the Year due to the high levels of performance in classroom innovation, learning results and community involvement shown by the nominees. Another exciting aspect to note about this year’s cohort is that three finalists in both categories hail from Region Five of the Ministry of Education”.
Region Five comprises schools in the parishes of Manchester and St Elizabeth.
The 2016/17 awards ceremony is slated for Tuesday, November 29 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel with the keynote address to be presented by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Teacher and Principal of the Year will each receive the champion trophy, $250,000 and an all-expense paid trip to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conference in Anaheim, California. The first runners-up will receive a trophy, $150,000 and will accompany the winners to the ASCD conference in California, while the third place winners will walk away with a trophy and $100,000. All finalists will take home plaques, LASCO gift baskets and gift certificates.
LASCO and the ministry have been collaborating to salute educators since 1997 — recognising them for outstanding performance and impact on education in Jamaica, as well as for displaying exceptional contributions to the school community.