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Ambassador Turns Teacher

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ambassador Audrey Marks in her role as teacher for the morning session to grade five students at Hillel Academy.

Fifth-grade teachers at Hillel Academy got a well-deserved break from their usual duites on Teachers' Day when businesswoman and mother, Ambassador Audrey Marks, conducted classes for the morning session.

Students were fully engaged throughout the first lesson, themed, 'Being an Entrepreneur', as Ambassador Marks shared her personal journey, taking time to simplify and list the dos and don'ts of sharing, starting and building a business. To hers and the teachers' amazement, 10-year-old Daniel Ho Tai asked detailed questions about the copyright-protection process. In a fun-filled and interactive session, Marks used the story of David and Goliath to explain to students that they should never use their abilities to bully others and never give up on their dreams.

From a philanthropic perspective, Ambassador Marks' second lesson taught the students how they could serve their country and make a positive contribution by giving back to society. She highlighted the different ways they could be of service to their country, and continue to make a positive impact on the lives of others, even while earning millions being an entrepreneur.

She used living examples such as Bill Gates whose foundation recently announced it had saved 21 million lives, as well as Jamaican Michael Lee Chin's work through the Jamaica Education Initiative, among others.

Marks ended her lesson by placing emphasis on importance of loving their country and finding ways to serve, even while they are busy with their own careers. Using the example of grade-five teacher, Carol Levy, she told the students that her father, Dr Ronald Irving, was an excellent doctor, who also served as a senator. She revealed that Mrs Levy, who was her schoolmate, was an excellent debater who never lost an argument, and it was thought she would have chosen to become a politician, or a lawyer, but instead chose the most rewarding of professions, to be, a teacher. The students responded by enthusiastically cheering their teachers.

Ambassador Marks also listed examples of parents and grandparents, and other relatives of the students, who were in public service, and asked the class to share ways they could also make a difference in the lives of others. The children enthusiastically related their stories of sharing and committed to continue the circle of service. Presentations were made to the teachers for their tireless efforts to develop the talents of the children.