Joyce Samuel Primary and Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) have both reclaimed their titles as School of the Year for the primary and secondary levels, respectively.
Those schools, as well as top-performing educators across the territory, received recognition during the Stars in Education Awards ceremony at the Tortola Pier Park on Saturday, April 21.
In usual fashion, ESHS dominated the awards ceremony by taking home the most awards.
ESHS Principal, Sandy Underhill reclaimed the secondary school ‘Principal of the Year’ award.
Elmore Stoutt High’s Leticia Penn-Rodgers was named Assistant Principal of the Year for secondary schools, while her colleague Magdalene Barzey was given the Teacher of the Year in the same category.
Natasha Marshall of ESHS was also awarded Student Support Educator of the Year.
Top educators in other schools
Other educators awarded were Althea Scatliffe Primary School’s Marieta Headley and Ronda Smith who won the primary-level Principal of the Year, and Assistant Principal of the Year, respectively.
Shaniqua Vanterpool of Ivan Dawson Primary School was awarded Teacher of the Year at the primary level.
Francis Lettsome Primary School’s Susan Gregg was named Early Childhood Educator of the Year, while Carl Barrette of Bregado Flax Educational Centre was the Physical Education Educator of the Year.
Shaunice Leonard of Alexandria Maduro Primary and Francis Lettsome Primary won the award for best Guidance Counsellor of the Year.
I saw teachers become construction workers
While acknowledging the efforts of local educators during the last and current academic years, Education Minister Myron Walwyn applauded their performance.
“Despite the ravages caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria and the effect that it has had on the territory, financial and otherwise, it was more important than ever before, for us in the Ministry to still hold this recognition ceremony and cocktail reception for you our teachers,” Walwyn said.
“I saw teachers who became janitors, construction workers, garbage collectors — teachers who just did whatever needed to be done to get their schools ready within the timeline that was given. Even though many of your homes suffered significant damage, you left yourself undone to provide for your students.”
“This territory owes each of you a debt of gratitude and on behalf of the government and the people of the Virgin Islands, I say thank you to each and every one of you,” he added.
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