LASCO still com­mit­ted to hon­our­ing ed­u­ca­tors

Jamaica Gleaner - - TO­DAY -

THIR­TEEN OF the is­land’s top ed­u­ca­tors have been short­listed for the LASCO and Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion (MoEYI) Prin­ci­pal and Teacher of the Year 2016 ti­tles. The fi­nal­ists were se­lected from a short­list of 28 teach­ers and eight prin­ci­pals. This will be the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year that a record num­ber of nom­i­na­tions was re­ceived. 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.

The Teacher of the Year fi­nal­ists, who are ed­u­ca­tors with re­mark­able per­sonal qual­i­ties who have made no­table con­tri­bu­tions to their field and com­mu­nity, are: Ju­dine ThomasShorter Las­celles Chin, chair­man of LASCO, shares a photo with Nick­ashie Hard­ware (left), 2015 Teacher of the Year; and Kandi-Lee Crooks Smith, 2015 Prin­ci­pal of the Year. of Gayn­stead High; Suc­cess Pri­mary; Kerene Stevon Sher­iffe of Santa Cruz Nel­son of St El­iz­a­beth Pri­mary and Ju­nior High; Tech­ni­cal High; and Mau­reen Pet­rina Ledg­is­ter of Manch­ester Rowe-Camp­bell of St Hugh’s High; Joseth Kerr-Ti­moll of High. Hol­land High; Pelechia The six fi­nal­ists for Prin­ci­pal Rod­ney-Ver­non of John Rollins of the Year have been de­scribed as bea­cons of change by those they in­spire. They in­clude: Keisha Hayle of Pad­more Pri­mary; Prim Lewis of Aberdeen High; Mar­cia LewisBrown of Frank­field Pri­mary and In­fant School; Keith Welling­ton of St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High; An­dria De­haney-Din­ham of Mary­land All-Age School; and An­gella Camp­bell-Trea­sure of Bam­boo Pri­mary and Ju­nior High.

Ac­cord­ing to Re­nee Rose, brand man­ager at LASCO, the com­pany is proud of the work the na­tion’s teach­ers and prin­ci­pals are do­ing.

“It is our hon­our this year to present the 13 fi­nal­ists who have shown ded­i­ca­tion, ev­i­denced by their stu­dents’ per­for­mances and the de­vel­op­ment of the in­sti­tu­tions. They are ex­em­plary role models not only to their stu­dents but to their col­leagues in all they do,” Rose said.


“The be­lief in the LASCO MoEYI Prin­ci­pal and Teacher of the Year ini­tia­tive con­tin­ues to be seen in the in­crease in num­bers and re­gions sub­mit­ting nom­i­na­tions.

“We trav­elled very far this year to see ap­prox­i­mately 30 of our is­land’s se­lected ed­u­ca­tors in ac­tion and were im­pressed with their con­tri­bu­tion to ed­u­ca­tion,” she added.

This year, the awardees will re­ceive a host of prizes and awards. Teacher and Prin­ci­pal of the Year will each re­ceive a 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 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 ed­u­ca­tion 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.

The awards cer­e­mony is slated for Tues­day, Novem­ber 29, at the Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in New Kingston, with the key­note ad­dress to be given by Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness.


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