Kimone Chambers, a 23-year-old masters graduate who campaigned against substance abuse in the Cayman Islands, has been recognized by the Proud of Them initiative.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected as one of the winners for the Proud of Them Award,” said Ms. Chambers.
She currently works with the Ministry of Education and serves as an adjunct teacher at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
In 2007, she was a recipient of the Basdeo Outstanding Leadership Award from John Gray High School. She then went on to further her education at the University College of the Cayman Islands where she studied a bachelor’s of science degree in sociology.
In 2011, she graduated from UCCI and received two awards, including the A. Steve McField Award for Excellence in Social Studies and the Thorp and Alberga Award for the highest grade point average in social studies.
She has also earned the gold, silver and bronze awards in the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.
Near the end of her bachelor’s degree, Ms. Chambers researched a number of prestigious universities to pursue post-graduate work. She was accepted to three institutions to which she applied and received a Cayman Islands government scholarship to study a master’s of arts in educational studies in New York University. She graduated with her master’s in January 2013.
“My favorite part about teaching is when I know that a student has been helped, knowing that I am making our tomorrow better, one student at a time. I always knew that I could contribute more to society by passing along my passion for learning,” said Ms. Chambers.
“I truly believe that we are all lifelong learners and love the moments when I get to share this belief with my students,” she added.
Ms. Chambers brings the same drive and commitment to her involvement with various community causes. A peer counsellor, prefect and mentor in high school, she still teaches Sunday school and serves as church secretary. Over the years, she has also worked with the Red Cross, the Recyclers Club, and Cayman Against Substance Abuse.
She is active member of Rotaract Blue. Friends describe Ms. Chambers as a hard-working, graceful, easygoing, kind-hearted woman who constantly pushes herself and those around her to greater achievements.
She advises other young Caymanians pursing a career in teaching to keep at it. “Teaching is both incredibly challenging and rewarding. Whatever your passions, do them to the best of your ability, and continue to grow and master your skills. Alfred Lord Tennyson said, ‘The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.’”
The Proud of Them initiative recognizes the positive achievements of young people aged between 10 – 25 years. Through a public nomination process, individuals are honored in the categories of academics, careers, business, sports, culture or community service. Each person selected will be featured for six months at a time on billboards established across the Cayman Islands, and will also receive a certificate and $500.