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2009 Golden Apple Awards Recipients Named

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL:
Mrs. Lorna Bailey, Cayman Prep & High School
Ms Imogene Samms, Wesleyan Christian Academy
*Mrs. Catherine Eugene, Cayman Academy

Mrs. Catherine Eugene was named the Recipient of the Golden Apple Award in this Category. Mrs. Eugene has been teaching for over 40 years. She began her studies at the Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica and received her Masters degree from Andrew’s University, Michigan. She is the Grade One Teacher at Cayman Academy.

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL:

Ms Rene Barnes, Prospect Primary School
Ms Dorothy Wilson, George Town Primary School
*Mrs. Margaret Juman, Creek & Spot Bay Primary School

Mrs. Margaret Juman was named the Recipient of the Golden Apple Award in this Category. Mrs. Juman received her education and began her teaching career in Guyana, then moved to Jamaica. She has been teaching year 6 at Creek & Spot Bay Primary School for sixteen out of her thirty four year career.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL:
Mrs. Patrice Hanson, Grace Christian Academy
Mrs. Crystal McNab, Cayman International School
*Ms. Bernice Scott, Grace Christian Academy

Mrs. Bernice Scott was named the Recipient of the Golden Apple Award in this Category. Mrs. Scott obtained her Education from St. Joseph’s College and Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. She has been teaching for the past 25 years, and is currently employed as the Grades 6 – 12 Math, Science and I.C.T. Teacher at Grace Christian Academy.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL:    
*Mrs. Janet Harris, New Horizons High School
Mrs. Marsha Dookhoo Seerattan, New Horizons High School
Ms Sherene Spencer, New Horizons High School

Mrs. Janet Harris was named the Recipient of the Golden Apple Award in this Category. Ms. Harris obtained a Masters Degree in English Language from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, and has been teaching for the past 24 years. She is a Spanish Teacher at New Horizons High School to Year 8 and 9 students.

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL:
Ms Dominique Chenier, St. Ignatius Catholic High School
Ms Charmaine Condappa, Cayman Academy
*Mr. Anthony Kaburu, St. Ignatius Catholic High School

Mr. Anthony Kaburu was named the Recipient of the Golden Apple Award in this Category. Mr. Kaburu is a graduate of Kenyatta University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education. He has taught internationally in the Sultanate of Oman, Kenya and has been teaching Physics & Science at St. Ignatius Catholic High School for the past 2 years.
 
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL:    
Ms Babet Brown, John Gray High School
*Mr. David Toney, Alternative Education Centre
Mrs. Sandra Yarde, John Gray High School

Mr. David Toney was named the Recipient of the Golden Apple Award in this Category. Mr. Toney has taught for 32 years in Trinidad and the Bahamas as well as the Cayman Islands.  He teaches Mathematics, Language Arts, Lifeskills, Social Studies and Information Technology to students 15 – 17 years old at the Alternative Education Centre.

PRINCIPAL IN A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL:
Dr. Linda Cross, First Baptist Christian School
*Mrs. Leonora Mendoza-Hydes, Grace Christian Academy
Mr. Joseph Wallace, John A. Cumber Primary School

Mrs. Leonora Mendoza-Hydes was named the Recipient of the Golden Apple Award in this Category. Mrs. Mendoza-Hydes was educated in England and the United States and has been teaching in the Cayman Islands for the past 23 years.  She has been Principal of Grace Christian Academy since 2002.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN EDUCATION:
Many individuals have made significant accomplishments in the field of education in the Cayman Islands. As part of the Golden Apple Awards programme, the Chamber of Commerce and the Partners in Education have introduced an annual award that acknowledges an individual who’s influence has steered the course of education in the Cayman Islands. The evening culminated with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education.
 
Dale Crowley, partner of Maples and Calder, presented the prestigious award to Marjorie Ebanks, who spent 37 years in education in the Cayman Islands, 32 of which were as principal or director of Triple C School. She has received numerous awards over the years for her contributions to the improvement and advancement of private education in these Islands and the significant and lasting impact she has had in that area, culminating, deservingly, in the awarding of a Cayman Islands Certificate Badge of Honour which she received personally from Her Majesty the Queen in 1988. She is truly a remarkable woman in our Islands’ education history.
 
The Chamber of Commerce extends its heartfelt appreciation to all of the supports of this event including, Partners in Education: Cayman Free Press, DART Cayman Islands, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman and the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsor Maples. The Reception Sponsor and Official Auditor of Votes, KPMG. Supporter in Education: Conyers Dill & Pearman. The Teacher Table Sponsors: Greenlight RE, NCB Cayman, Cayman National, CUC, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Caledonian Bank, Magnum Jewelers, Ritch & Conolly, Edie’s Decor, Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Central, and the Department of Tourism. The generous donations from Butterfield, Jacques Scott and Barnes Bartender Service and everyone involved for making the event possible are appreciated.
 
Gift sponsors included Scotia Bank, Water Authority, Tom Jones International and Campbells Attorneys-at-Law.

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