Jamaica Gleaner / Two Manchester educators with more than 50 combined years of experience have copped the prestigious 2017 Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year awards.
Head of the Business Education Department at Bishop Gibson High School, Ingrid Antoinette Peart-Wilmot was named LASCO-Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) Teacher of the Year, while Mandeville Primary and Junior High School’s Howard Salmon was declared Principal of The Year at a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel yesterday.
“It could have easily been anybody, so I was just relieved when my name was called,” Peart-Wilmot told The Gleaner moments after she emerged victorious from a strong field of seven teachers.
Peart-Wilmot boasts more than two decades in the classroom at the secondary and adult levels.
The senior educator, who teaches fourth to sixth form is a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate coordinator and master trainer for the MOEYI National Standards Curriculum. She has maintained a 100 per cent pass rate for CSEC and CAPE subjects.
Family support Peart-Wilmot established the school’s cosmetology programme in 2015 and is the founder and coordinator of the annual Miss Bishop Gibson Talent and Awareness Pageant, which amassed a net profit of $700,000 in the previous showing.
While admitting that the profession has been taxing, Peart-Wilmot said that her family support has been critical to her success.
“My husband and two sons understand that it’s not that they’re not priority, but that I love everybody, and this is my purpose, this is why I am here, to make a difference, not just for my family but for all the children I get an opportunity to teach,” she said.
On the other hand, Salmon, who bested a field of six, has more than 30 years in developing productive students and administrators.
During his tenure as principal of Mandeville Primary and Junior High, he has increased student attendance by 20 per cent through the restoration of student faculty relationship.
“This award is for my students, my teachers, the parents of the school community and, most of all, my parents,” Salmon told The Gleaner .
In describing the selection process as credible and fair, the school head then encouraged other administrators to continue to go beyond the call of duty.