Monday 16 December, 2019

Golden Apple Awards recognise teachers on World Teachers Day

Jennifer Artuch from St. Ignatius Catholic School, the winner of the category, High School Teacher in a private school and some of her many supporters.

Jennifer Artuch from St. Ignatius Catholic School, the winner of the category, High School Teacher in a private school and some of her many supporters.

As part of their celebration On World Teachers Day, the Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Education has recognised teachers in our community that have gone above and beyond.

The Golden Apple Awards took place on October 5th at the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa, awarding 5 teachers for their outstanding work and a granting a lifestyle achievement award to one teacher, Marjorie Scott, for 40 years of excellence in teaching in the Cayman Islands, which has clearly had a profound impact on the wider community, particularly in the area of sports education. Mrs. Scott received her training at Mico Teacher's College in Jamaica and has taught at Kingston college in Jamaica, Cayman Islands High School, Cayman Islands Middle School, Red Bay Primary School, John A Cumber Primary, Savannah Primary School and Prospect Primary among others. 

Kerita Levermore Stewart from the John Gray High School was the winner of the category, High School Teacher in a public school. Mrs. Levermore-Stewart was born and raised in Jamaica and has over 15 years experience as an educator. Excelling at varied levels of education, Mrs. Levermore-Stewart graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BA in Spanish, after which she obtained a diploma in Education and a Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership.

Jennifer Artuch from St. Ignatius Catholic School was the winner of the category, High School Teacher in a private school. Mrs. Artuch holds a BSc Honours in Biology from Queen’s University in Canada as well as a BEd from the University of British Columbia. She began her teaching career in Vancouver and has been teaching science to high school students for 27 years, 22 of which have been at St. Ignatius High School where she introduced the A level Marine Science programme.

Kelly Cowling of the Cayman Pre and High school was the winner of the category, Primary School Teacher in a private school. Mrs. Cowling is originally from the UK and has been teaching in Grand Cayman for 3 years. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience. As well as being a class based teacher in the UK, she was also a Lead Early Years Teacher and moderator for her local authority.

Nadesha Nyathi of the Bodden Town Primary School was the winner of the category, Primary School Teacher in a public school. Mrs. Nyathi has worked in several educational institutions in The Cayman Islands and Jamaica and has over 13 years experience in both public and private sectors. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Early childhood development and Family Studies, and a pending MSc qualification in Educational Leadership.

Adrian Jones from the Layman E. Scott High School was the winner of the category, Principal in a public or private school. Mr. Jones is a qualified educator with over 32 years’ experience in teaching and educational leadership. Mr. Jones is currently a Senior School Improvement Officer (Acting), an assignment he commenced in May 2019. Prior to this he served as principal of the Layman E. Scott Sr. High School, a position he has held for the past 12 years.

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. 

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