Rotary Club St. Martin Sunset puts focus on island’s teachers | THE DAILY HERALD

Teacher Naina Gianchandani of Learning Unlimited Preparatory School flanked by Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset board members.

 PHILIPSBURG–As part of Basic Education and Literacy month, recognised by Rotary International during September, Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset honoured teachers. Club members conducted surprise appearances to ten teachers around the island who exemplify “Service above self.”

“Too often such teachers go unnoticed and we as a club wanted to award those who have made an enormous impact in the lives of their students through innovative teaching; are advocates on the importance of basic education and literacy; assist colleagues in executing their respective roles; and are community-service minded,” the club stated.

School boards and management selected the teachers, who received a breakfast box, gift certificates from various vendors, jewellery, and a certificate of appreciation from the club.

Teacher at École Hervé Williams Leonard Mussington, has been an educator for more than 30 years. He is one of the pillars of École Nina Duverly in Marigot, which was damaged during the passing of Hurricane Irma. Mussington has been an avid promoter for the use of English in the classroom and is a pioneer for bilingualism.

Teacher at École Emile Choisy Joycelyne Hamlet-Fazer, has been an educator for more than 30 years. She is and always has been a dedicated and exemplary educator who has made it her duty to integrate French St. Martin’s culture and the outside world in her lesson plans.

Rita Carty has been a dedicated and committed educator for more than 30 years at Methodist Agogic Center (MAC). Amidst her past pupils is the current president and some members of Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset.

Naina Gianchandani has dedicated 25 years to teaching at Learning Unlimited Preparatory School, and she continues to portray a love for teaching. She ensures that no student is left behind.

Educator at Montessori School Marianne Teff has been inspiring pupils through literature and nurturing their writing skills. She made an emotional comment by stating, “Teachers do what we do because of the joy it brings us. It was a pleasure and surprise to be appreciated this way.”

Henneke Horjus has made an enormous impact in the lives of her students at Caribbean International Academy (CIA) through innovative teaching and creating a positive learning environment.

Yvonne Kartoredjo was highlighted from Hillside Christian School board for being an outstanding educator and inspiring her pupils with creative methods in the classroom.

Teacher at St. Joseph school Shaina Fernandes was beyond surprised when she received the gifts of appreciation from the club. Although she is not currently teaching, the Catholic School Board selected her because of her commitment to education and support to all teachers at the school.

Uredise Stanford was chosen by Seventh-Day Adventist School Board because of her overall dedication and commitment towards her pupils.

Januaira Leonard was recognised by the Division of Public Education as a hardworking teacher. Oranje School’s Manager Sonia Parotte considers teacher Leonard as her “right hand.”

“Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset thanks all educators for their continued hard work and years of service to our students and being the backbone of our educational system,” the club said Sunday in a statement.

Source: The Daily Herald