The Chamber of Commerce has announced the following educators as honourees for the 2nd Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
Primary School Teacher in a Private School: Mrs. Michele Lee Pack, St. Ignatius Catholic School; Ms Audrey Leahong, Grace Christian Academy; Mrs. Catherine Eugene, Cayman Academy
Primary School Teacher in a Public School: Mr. Elroy Bryan Lighthouse School; Mrs. Winsome Parker, Red Bay Primary School; Mrs. Dewayne Bennett, John A Cumber Primary School
Middle School Teacher in a Private School: Mrs. Rebecca Profitt, Wesleyan Christian Academy; Mr. Jeremy Rice, St. Ignatius Catholic School; Mrs. Patrice Hanson, Grace Christian Academy
Middle School Teacher in a Public School: Mrs. Joy Bromfield, PACE High School; Miss Mellony Bryan, PACE High School; Ms Marlene Ricketts, New Horizons High School
High School Teacher in a Private School: Mr. Glenn Whewell, St. Ignatius Catholic School; Ms Lisa de Mercado, St. Ignatius Catholic School; Mr. Claude Bailey, Grace Christian Academy
High School Teacher in a Public School: Mr. Kirkpatrick Clarke, John Gray High School; Mrs. Margaret Jackson John Gray High School; Mrs. Nasaria Suckoo- Chollette, John Gray High School.
Principal in a Public or Private School: Mr. Joseph Wallace, John A Cumber Primary School; Ms Vickie Frederick, Red Bay Primary School; Mrs. Gloria Pollard-Bell, Prospect Primary.
Comparing this year’s number of nominations to last year’s, over twice the amount of nominations were received at the Chamber office. Another stakeholder in education was introduced to the nominations process, the teachers. In addition to students and parents, colleagues were able to nominate each other, and many heartfelt and professional recommendations were submitted.
The selection committee, comprising representatives from the Partners in Education: Chevrolet, CLICO (Cayman), Dart Cayman Islands, Cayman Free Press and Walkers, the Chamber of Commerce Council and the Ministry of Education, assessed all of the nominations and selected three finalists in each category. The criteria for selection is based on number of years in teaching and the quality of the nominations received, demonstrating a commitment to students’ learning, a command of the subject taught and ability to teach for understanding and managing and monitoring students’ learning. The three chosen nominees (now referred to as Honourees) were interviewed and the results will be tallied by independent auditor KPMG.
The recipient for each category will not be known until the envelope is opened on the night of the event, which takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Friday 20th June 2008. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets or a table at the event by contacting Mrs. Kerry Pratt at 949-8090 (ext. 126) or by email to [email protected]