LASCO still committed to honouring educators
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 Thomas-Shorter of Gaynstead High; Stevon Sheriffe of Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High; Petrina Ledgister of Manchester High; Joseth Kerr-Timoll of Holland High; Pelechia Rodney-Vernon of John Rollins Success Primary; Kerene Nelson of St Elizabeth Technical High; and Maureen Rowe-Campbell of St Hugh's High.
The six finalists for Principal 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 Lewis-Brown 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.