A total of 145 teachers have received recognition for their work as educators for the year 2010.
This morning, the Ministry of Education, in partnership with the National Bank of Dominica hosted the Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony at the Arawak House of Culture.
Among the numerous awardees, the Teacher of the Year Award for secondary schools went to Rebecca Nesbit of the North East Comprehensive School, while the Aspiring Teacher Award for Secondary Schools went to Yuvanka Daniel of the Dominica Community High School.
Teacher of the Year Award in the Primary School category was presented to Adeline Dubois of the St Luke’s Primary School while, Aspiring Teachers Award in that same category went to Sheringel Foye of the St Martin Primary School.
Other teachers received certificates for nominations for these awards.
Chief Education Officer Stephenson Hyacinth, who gave welcome remarks at the ceremony, placed emphasis on the importance of roles of teachers in society.
He dubbed the event as one which “is one strategy employed to publicly recognise and appreciate the time and contribution of our exemplary and excellent teachers.” he said that the award seeks to encourage teachers to strive for excellence.
“Effective teachers are not only desirable but essential, ” he stated.
The education official said that his ministry was pleased to celebrate the excellence of 145 teachers who go the extra mile.
He urged teacher to maintain the high standard of performance and influence their colleagues to strive for excellence.
Meanwhile President of the Dominica Association of Teachers Celia Nicholas reiterated the importance of the teaching profession.
“Teaching is a powerful profession. Education our platform is a medium through which we empower our students in order that they enhance their situation,” she said.
Guest Speaker Andrew Shaw gave advice to educators urging them to be humble and have dignity.
Minister of Education Petter St Jean who addressed the ceremony, advised that only the most committed individuals should become teachers.
“Students are influenced by a teachers character, the important role that the teacher plays in shaping future generations demand that only the most committed individuals should be individuals of this noted profession,”St Jean said.
- Hermisha Role, Staff reporter
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