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LASCO/Ministry of Education Teacher and Principal of the Year 2012-13 announced



Advertising & Marketing (Ja.) Ltd. | 2012-12-05 00:00:00

It was a burst of excitement inside the ballroom of the Wyndham Kingston Hotel when the winners of the 2012-2013 LASCO/Ministry of Education Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards were announced on Tuesday, December 4.

Holland High School’s Mrs. Dageanna Spencer Hull and principal of Rollington Town Primary, Dr. Margaret Bailey, were declared the Teacher of the Year, and Principal of the Year respectively.

In his address the Honourable Lascelles Chin, Founder and Executive Chairman of the LASCO Affiliated Companies, stated that “educators have sometimes come under severe pressure from those closely involved with the education system, as well as those personally linked to the students they are employed to serve and educate. There is always a demand to produce excellent work, however not all situations are conducive to achieving this so easily. It takes unique individuals to stand out from the group; persons who love teaching and making a difference.”

The Teacher of the Year programme was established in 1997, while the Principal of the Year programme started in 2006. Both programmes seek to recognize these groups within the education system, who have displayed exemplary standards of professionalism and creative education, within their group.

LASCO/ Ministry of Education 2012-13 Teacher of the Year Mrs. Dageanna Spencer Hull in her acceptance speech spoke of her early days when becoming a teacher was her life’s dream and it “transcended dream status and became an obsession.” Mrs. Spencer Hull said after financial setbacks, at one point she felt that her dream was fast becoming a nightmare and contemplated pursuing a new course.

It was what she referred to as “divine will” communicated in a vision one night, in which she saw a bus marked “Church Teacher’s College” where the driver was looking for her. Mrs. Spencer Hull said she was later accepted by the institution and discovered that her financial needs were also met.

LASCO/Ministry of Education Principal of the Year 2012-13, Dr. Margaret Bailey of Rollington Town Primary, said that she was encouraged to not give up, adding that she acknowledges a lot is now expected of her and she will strive to do her best. Dr. Bailey said over the years she has “learned to do a lot with the little available.”

In his keynote address, Minister of Education Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, highlighted the partnership between the Ministry and LASCO, stating that there needs to be more relationships of that nature for education in Jamaica.

Mr. Thwaites said “The teaching profession must attract the best Jamaicans, who are patriotic.” While making mention of the recent improvement in the Grade 4 Literacy results, Minister Thwaites said that “we have still not achieved full literacy but we are still working towards that goal.”

Both the Principal of the Year and the Teacher of the Year programme were started as a way to publicly highlight those members of the education system, who uphold the integrity of their professions.

The Principal and Teacher of the Year walked away with prizes, all courtesy of LASCO:

Teacher and Principal of the Year Winner

           $100,000 for Teacher /Principal of the Year respectively

           Trip to ASCD (Professional Development Conference)

           Champion Trophy

           Plaque

           LASCO Gift Basket

           Spa Gift Certificate

 

 

1st Runner Up – Teacher and Principal

           Trophy

           Plaque

           $60,000

           LASCO Gift Basket

           Spa Gift Certificate

 

2nd Runner Up – Teacher and Principal

           Trophy

           Plaque

           $40,000

           LASCO Gift Basket

           Spa Gift Certificate

 

Other Prizes were provided by:

  • Konnexx Services Limited - electronic Notebooks for both the Principal and Teacher of the Year
  • Total Travel Services - a weekend to a resort for the Teacher of the Year
  • Grand Bahia Principe - a weekend for two to the Principal of the Year
  • Jamaica Teachers’ Association Cooperative Credit Union - $10,000 to the Teacher of the Year and $15,000 to the Principal of the Year.
  • Sangster’s Book Store - gift certificates for both Principal and Teacher of the Year
  • RIU – day passes




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