Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
ONLY WEEKS after burying her father, Deageanna Spencer Hull of the Holland High School was singing praises of him yesterday as she collected the Teacher of the Year trophy at the Lasco Teacher and Principal of the Year award ceremony held at the Wyndham Hotel, in Kingston.
"I am moved by this award as just two weeks ago I laid my father to rest, and I am sure this is something he would have looked forward to," Hull said.
A teacher of Social Studies, Religious Education and Sociology, Hull said her father made a lot of sacrifices to ensure she got educated.
"I told myself that if this is what I can do to honour him, to repay him for all the work that he has done, then it would have been fulfilling to him," Hull said.
Having been in the profession for 10 years, Hull said her resilience and persistence throughout the years have contributed to her success.
"I don't give up easily and I think that's one of the elements that has kept me throughout the years and one that is needed in this profession. One has to find creative ways of dealing with your problems and that's what I have been doing. I am not one to quit easily, " she said.
She told The Gleaner that she uses creative ways to impart knowledge to her students. "I use technology which is so important, I use various teaching and learning activities to get the students interested in the lessons and I have always got good results."
Pauleen Reid, Holland High's principal, described Hull as a hardworker whom she said is deserving of the award.
"I had no hesitation in recommending her because I know if there is anybody else in this world who deserves this award it was her," Reid told The Gleaner.
"She has made numerous sacrifices for her students. I have watched her give up her personal time, I have watched her when the students are writing their exam and she is sitting on the outside with her baby waiting for them to come out of the examination room; I have seen her on the weekend; I have seen her during the holidays and I know the students can call her anytime."
"She is a blessing to the school."
In the meantime, Hull said she plans to inculcate in her students a level of appreciation for the Jamaican culture as she is of the opinion that students are slowly drifting from their roots. She also encouraged teachers to be creative in the classrooms in order to get good results.
Full Caption: Rollington Town Primary School principal Dr Mageret Bailey (second left), the LASCO/Ministry of Education Principal of the Year, and Deageanna Spencer Hull (second right), Teacher of the Year from Holland High School, pose with their trophies after Lascelles Chin (right), executive chairman of LASCO Affiliated Companies and Dr. Eileen Chin, (left) Managing Director, LASCO Manufacturing made the presentation to them during the 2012-2013 Teacher and Principal of the Year awards at the Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston yesterday. - photos by Rudolph Brown/Photographer