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Golden Apple Awardees released

The Chamber of Commerce selected the twelve finalists out of a field of 500 nominations.

It was no small feat, according to President Paul Byles.

The finalists include teachers from both public and private schools.
Nimmi Sekhar, Cayman International School’s Vice Principal of early childhood and elementary, will be receiving a lifetime achievement award for 30 years of service.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Ritz Carlton next Saturday (26 May.)

This is the list of the 2018 Golden Apple Awards nominees:

Primary School Teacher (Public)

Shakeina Bush – Shakeina’s work at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School extends beyond the classroom. Her sense of community with her students comes from serving as the Vice President of the Motorcross Association, Girls Primary School Coach, Afterschool Chess Club Leader, Girls National Team Coach, and CIFA Chairwoman for Female Football. In the classroom, her behavioural techniques have ensured all students are taught in ways which are most effective for them.

Heather Thompson – having taught for just under five years, Heather has quickly become one of the most respected teachers in the community. The Lighthouse School teacher was ranked as “Exemplary” on the Teaching & Learning Observation rating scale in 2017, and was also awarded Cayman First Classroom of the Month award in March of the same year.

Primary School Teacher (Private)

Emily Garvey – for 13 years Emily Garvey has enriched the lives of her students with her outstanding communications skills. The St. Ignatius Catholic School teacher has successfully and effectively altered her teaching skills to the modern-day, and by combining social media with her teaching techniques, she has created an engaging and timely educational style.

Asynthia Lewis – currently a Primary School Teacher at First Baptist Christian School, Asynthia’s nearly two-decade long career has seen her contribute greatly to world of education. For nearly 15 years she has helped students to learn through different mediums, including the auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic styles.

High School Teacher (Public)

Denise Colquhoon – Denise began her career as an educator over two-and-a-half decades ago, and currently serves as the Head of the Life Skills Department at Clifton Hunter High School, where she is responsible for updating the Schemes of Work for Key Stage 3, and the development of a curriculum for Key Stage 4. She has also contributed to the lives of many students by serving as a Student Council advisor.

Patrice Hanson – the John Gray High School teacher has consistently been rated as exceptional in her annual performance appraisals, and her exemplary work is reflected on the outstanding results of her students. Most recently, 100% of her year 11 class (who sat their exams early) passed. Patrice has also ensured that her students feel emotionally and socially secure, and her level of trust and respect in the classroom is unrivalled.

High School Teacher (Private)

Bill LaMonte – Mr. LaMonte has been teaching Science for 17 years, and has since been recognised as a National Board Certified Science Teacher. His exemplary work also saw Mr. LaMonte become the lead teacher of the Science Department at Cayman International School.

Coaine Richards – for almost two decades Coaine Richards has been teaching Mathematics to students. Since September 2013, he has served as a Mathematics teacher the Sixth-form Mathematics Coordinator at St. Ignatius Catholic High School, where he has prepared students aged 11-19 for their external examinations. He also serves as the Gifted & Talented Coordiantor, and the Assistant Pastoral Head with Academic Oversight for Years 7 & 8.

Principal (Public & Private)

Marcia Rennie – the Edna M. Moyle Primary School Principal considers herself a life-long learner, always honing her craft through courses, professional development and intensive research. She has emphasised the importance of the holistic development of children, placing importance on the exploration of arts and sports alongside academia. Under her leadership the school implemented the PBIS (Positive Behavioural Interventions & Support) which has had significant and positive impacts in the classroom.

Mable Richardson – with over 25 years of experience, Mable Richardson is a well-known name in the local community. The Triple C School Principal has overseen significant growth of the oldest elementary & secondary school in the Cayman Islands, with the student capacity growing almost twice in size in the last decade.

April Tibbetts – April’s career in the education system has spanned a decade. She began her career as a classroom teacher, working her way through the ranks to become Principal of West End Primary.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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