Outstanding principal credits school for award
Long-serving Principal of Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay, St James, Paul Adams, has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Principal of the Year by the Jamaica Teaching Council.
The award was presented to Adams by education, youth and information minister, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid, during a recent ceremony at the school.
"We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and it is the rule of thumb that when a school achieves, it must be called the Outstanding Principal Award. So, I collect the award on behalf of the institution," said Adams.
Principal of Herbert Morrison since 2002, Adams said that he felt honoured to accept the award. He said that the recognition was made possible by the hard work of every member of the school community - academic, ancillary and security staff, as well as the 1,200 students.
"When I came here, I found 15 teachers who were more qualified to be the principal, and there were about 20 persons who were brighter than me ... what I could not carry out myself, I found somebody who could do it better and I let them do it. We got better results," Adams said.
He paid tribute to the founding principal of the school, Lloyd Whinstanley, "who laid a solid foundation for the current leadership and even those to come".
He also highlighted the performance of students at Herbert Morrison in all areas, especially external examinations, pointing out that despite the many distractions, they have remained focused on getting a good high school education.
A citation from the Jamaica Teaching Council to Adams, who served the Jamaica Teachers' Association as its 47th president, lauded him for his astute management of the 40-year-old school, obtaining high marks in all areas and giving students a good secondary education.