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LASCO Master Class set to transform the educational landscape

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Assisted by LASCO/Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Teacher of the Year 2017/2018 Ingrid Peart-Wilmot (left), LASCO Distributors Limited Brand Manager Renee Rose (right) pins Master Class Inductee Latoya Rochester (center) at the LASCO Master Class Launch and Induction Ceremony held at Churches Teacher’s College last Saturday. Sharing in the moment is Garfield Green, president of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
Renee Rose (right), Brand Manager at LASCO Distributors Limited, introduces LASCO Brand Ambassador Nadesia Watson Smith (centre) to Jamaica Teaching Council Chief Executive Officer Dr Winsome Gordon (left) at LASCO Master Class Grand Launch and Induction Ceremony last Saturday. The launch was held at the Church Teacher's College and is spear-headed by the LASCO/Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Teacher of the Year Alumni. 

A selection of the nation's finest educators gathered at Churches Teachers' College to proudly accept the call to both transform their lives and the education sector at the LASCO Master Class grand launch and Induction Ceremony last Saturday.

The LASCO Master Class is an association formed by recipients of the LASCO/Ministry of Education and Information (MoEYI) Teacher of the Year Competition. The main aim of the association is to provide mentorship to in-service teachers with the long-term goal of a transformed educational landscape that yields the best fruits.

"We are pulling in educators from across the island to mentor other teachers," explained Ingrid Peart-Wilmot, LASCO/Ministry of Education Teacher of the year 2017/2018 and visionary for the LASCO Master Class programme. "There are a number of areas where we see mediocrity, and what we want to do is to get those areas to be excellent."

The association will address this concern by collaborating with knowledgeable, seasoned, and top-performing teachers across the country in order to share best practices, brainstorm ideas and share practical solutions to some of the persistent problems in the classroom.

Making good use of the advantages of technology, the LASCO Master Class programme will include an online space where teachers at the basic, primary and secondary levels can connect with mentors and valuable digital resources. It will also serve to regularly recognise fellow colleagues who continue to make an invaluable contribution to education.

"We are going to be doing workshops and blogs as we have the website up and running. We're also going to look to induct new teachers each month. So we will be getting bigger and better," explained Peart-Wilmot.


... Award has mobilised and inspired some of the best in education


Renee Rose, brand manager at LASCO Distributors Limited, was especially proud to be a key player in the LASCO Master Class programme's execution. In her address to the LASCO/MoEYI Teacher of the year Awards Alumni she lauded the recipients for their hard work and dedication.

"We at LASCO are delighted that this award has mobilised and inspired some of the best in the education sector to come together to offer support and provide mentorship to in-service teachers. I am sure that this will effect a revolutionary change in the teaching profession," stated Rose.

Dr Nadine Leachman, regional director of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Region Five, gave a powerful charge to the Master Class inductees and executives. She reminded patrons to never forget that inspired people dare to be spectacular.


Be inspired


"We want our teachers to be inspired. Your work is to assist them to remove negative expectations of themselves and replace it with the ability to imagine their own successes," said Dr Leachman.

Seven educators were inducted into the programme during the ceremony:

1. Latoya Rochester from Region 1

2. Maxine Boyd from Region 2

3. Charissa Williamson from Region 3

4. Nichole Delaney from Region 4

5. Stevon Sheriffe from Region 5

6. Marcia Higgins from Region 6

7. Jon Saleen Oliphant, who was selected from Region 5 due to his outstanding contribution as an educator

The Master Class is a product of the LASCO and the MoEYI's long-standing partnership which seeks to celebrate some of the best in the education profession across the island.