Junior Achievement Jamaica thanks teachers Pt IV
Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) will honour 14 teachers as part of its annual Champions for Youth Awards banquet on May 29. Today, we highlight three of these great teachers.
All about serving
'Service above self' is the key driving force behind Dian Clarke's successful career as a teacher. She has an earnest zeal to contribute to the growth and development of Jamaica and believes that teaching is the best way for her to do so.
Clarke is currently employed as grade-four teacher at Bogue Hill Primary, where she has been for the past seven years.
"My love for children and my desire to see them grow into worthwhile citizens who can contribute to their country are some of the factors that influenced my decision to become a teacher," she said.
Clarke highlighted that she hosts free afternoon classes for students who are performing below average. She also tries to find different strategies to ensure that her students are captivated by what they are being taught, including the use of different computer programmes to enhance their learning experience.
Having seen the need to expose her students to what takes place in the real world, Clarke was easily 'sold' on the idea of the Junior Achievement Our City programme being implemented at Bogue Hill.
"I felt it was essential that they (the students) be exposed to what happens in a real city-type environment, which is the hub of commercial activities of a country, and saw where my students could have benefited positively," she explained.
According to Clarke, her students have been more aware of different aspects of the operations of a city's economy as a result of the programme.
"They now have a background from which they will be able to someday choose a career."
Clarke encourages her students to be well-rounded and believes in sports as an avenue for their holistic development. She is the sports coordinator and netball coach at the school.
The Eclectic Educator
Sandra Hastings-Rankine is a strong advocate for reading in attaining educational success; so much so that she pursued it as her major while completing her studies at Sam Sharpe Teacher's College.
Now a teacher of grade one at Chester Castle All-Age in Hanover, Hastings-Rankine is happy to have the opportunity to boost the reading levels of her students and mould them to become successful citizens.
"I love to watch the children evolve into mature and successful young people who are able to contribute meaningfully to society." she said.
As she emphasised her love for children and teaching, Hastings-Rankine noted that she employs innovative strategies to ensure that her students are benefiting optimally.
"I use an eclectic approach to teach my children. This includes tools and approaches such as 'think aloud', 'readers theatre' and various technological adjuncts," she said.
Hastings-Rankine, who has been teaching for 23 years, highlighted that this diverse approach is needed to ensure that students are kept interested in the learning process.
She said the Junior Achievement programmes have added value to her style of teaching. She further explained that the programmes at her school, which also gives students tokens for outstanding performance, have encouraged a high level of participation by the students. The initiative at Chester Castle is a joint initiative between the United Nations Children's Fund and JAJ.
"I was motivated to deliver the programme because of the wealth of colourful and innovative activities provided to bring across and reinforce core topics in the primary school curriculum," she added.
Hastings-Rankine shared that the programme has brought out a sense of pride and achievement in her students, as they were able to conduct activities and witness the success of their inputs.
"My favourite aspect of the Junior Achievement Ourselves programme is the story 'Charlie Plants A Garden'. This is so because it contains content that is in the children's schema and they can relate to it. My students, as Charlie did in the story, planted a garden of corn in front of their classroom, took care of it, and watched it grow," she said proudly.
She emphasised that in order to ensure children get the most out of a teaching session, they must be able to express themselves and have fun while learning.
Teacher, Counsellor, Friend
Rosalie Bogle enjoyed learning geography and history at her alma mater, St Hugh's High. Having decided to become a teacher, it was only natural for her to specialise in those subjects while pursuing studies at the Shortwood Teachers' College.
But after 10 years in the classroom, Bogle decided that offering advice and direction to students is what she would spend the rest of her professional career doing. So one university degree later, she became a trained guidance counsellor.
For the past 14 years, she has been employed as a guidance counsellor at several schools, including Ardenne High and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
In 2013, Bogle went back to St Hugh's to help the young ladies at that institution through life's challenges, and provided direction as they make life's choices.
" I use a variety of delivery methods (in guidance and counselling sessions at St Hugh's), not just chalk and talk. It goes beyond the walls of the institutions and involves odd hours," she said, as she provided insight into what her job entails. "I also use active listening as our young people complain of persons not giving then an attentive ear."
Bogle said that she is confident that her job is not in vain as her past students would contact her to relate how well they have been doing in their careers.
"One of my most rewarding experiences as a guidance counsellor is when a life has been improved because of my skills."
Her commitment to cater to the holistic development of her students propelled her to become an adviser in the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) programme. Since 2010, she has been a strong advocate for the programme, having been the only teacher to lead it at two schools.
"I led the students in their company at my previous institution (Ardenne High), and now I am doing the same thing at St Hugh's."
Bogle highlighted that the JACE programme helps students think "outside the box" and has helped them to "develop a sense of independence". She credits the success of her students' company, 'Swantastic', to JN Fund Managers and the support given by their assistant vice-president of sales and client services Hayley Crossdale, in helping the students build their company.
Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) is a non-profit, non-government organisation partnering with the Ministry of Education, the United States Agency for International Development, public organisations, and the private sector to deliver practical programmes aimed at preparing students, ages five-24, for the global economy. JAJ will honour 14 teachers as part of its annual Champions for Youth Awards banquet on May 29. For more information, please contact JAJ via phone: 632-3572, or email email@example.com.