From left: Rotarian Kyla Marishaw, Rotarian Jennifer Rombley, Teacher Joanna Trim, Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset President Jaida Nisbett, Rotarian Jeffrey Baxter, Rotarian Sabrine Sinclair, and Rotarian Georginette Lake.
PHILIPSBURG--In recognition of Rotary’s Basic Education, Literacy and New Generations month in September, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset honoured nine secondary school educators who exemplified Rotary’s ideal of “Service Above Self”.
The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset asked school boards and school management teams to select one teacher who would be the recipient of a breakfast box, gift certificates, and a certificate of appreciation from the club.
“Educators play a pivotal role in early childhood development and they help to nurture and mould the future leaders of tomorrow. Yet the teaching profession remains one of the most undervalued professions in today’s society. It was truly a great pleasure for us to be able to uplift and bring cheer to these individuals who have continued to demonstrate the true meaning of ‘Service Above Self’ and who continue to positively impact the lives of our children,” said Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset President Jaida Nisbett.
Teacher Joanna Trim of St. Maarten Academy School was chosen by the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) because “she displays the care and dedication to her students and her career.”
Teacher Preeti Notani of Learning Unlimited (LU) Preparatory School was chosen by the school’s management because “she’s always been one to create innovative and positive learning environments for her students.”
Teacher Stanley Ejingiri of Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) High School was chosen by the school’s board. He is the only male educator the club honoured this year, said Rotary Sunset in a press release, adding that Ejingiri expresses his care and overall dedication to his students.
Teacher Atahlia Daye-Rogers of Sundial School was chosen based on her dedication to her students and her craft. Daye-Rogers was filled with tears of joy upon receiving her presentation, according to the club.
Teacher Etina Arnell-Mussington of Lycee des Iles du Nord was chosen as an educator who “strives to ensure her students are striving for excellence.”
Teacher Donna Iltes of Milton Peters College (MPC) was selected because she “encourages her students along their educational journey.”
Teacher Patrice Davis of St. Dominic High School was chosen by the Foundation for Catholic Education St. Maarten SKOS. Her overall attitude and dedication towards her profession and students made her stand out for the award, said Rotary Sunset.
Teacher Nikita Rombley was chosen by the Division of Public Education as an outstanding teacher at the St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS) as she is “dedicated to her students and her craft and ensures her students are excelling throughout their courses.”
Teacher Patricia Horton of Caribbean International Academy (CIA) was selected based on her “overall dedication and commitments towards her students.”
“The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to thank the various school boards and management, Zhaveri Jewelers, Addicted Hair Salon, Wasabi Charlie, Chef B Cooking, Finger Looking Good by Chef Jermin, Fire Fit Gym, Dish D’Lish, Pineapple Pete’s, Chic Breakfast Tray (CBT), Georgina’s Nails, BBOX, Vietnam Nails, and Ambrosia Restaurant for making the presentations possible,” said Rotary Sunset on Tuesday.
The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset also thanked St. Maarten educators for their hard work and years of service to the island’s students, and for being “the backbone of our educational system.”