Digicel Foundation rewards Teacher, School of the Year


February 19, 2016
Contributed Shernette Nicholas, Digicel Foundation's Teacher of the Year awardee, is embraced by her students (from left) Theophilus James, Daniel Cummings, Jamail Sterling, Nathaniel Derby. Ms Nicholas manages the Digicel Foundation Enrichment Centre at Horizon Park Primary School.

Horizon Park Primary School in St Catherine has been named school of the year by the Digicel Foundation for academic year 2014/2015 for the high performance of their Digicel Foundation-sponsored Enrichment Centre. The school is also home of the Teacher of the Year awardee, Shernette Nicholas.

The School of the Year was selected based on the consistent performance of the Enrichment Centre Manager, their attendance to training seminars, proper progress reporting and the resulting impact of the teaching process on improved literacy skills among students.

For their efforts, the school will be presented with a cheque valued at $100,000, while Nicholas will receive a weekend for two at a hotel in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

When asked how she manages to attain such good results from her students, she said, "I have to be alert throughout the teaching process, so while I'm instructing, I'm watching each child. I don't only see them in groups, but I give them individualised attention, especially if I notice that they may have a special need. The rigid testing is done at the end of the term, but bi-weekly, I'm still setting smaller milestones to assess them."

Evadne Cowell, training specialist at the Digicel Foundation, congratulated Nicholas and Horizon Park Primary on the achievement.

"We know that every child can learn, so the task is ours to equip as many of them as possible with the tools to propel their intellectual development. We congratulate the Horizon Park Primary School for their diligence in the process over the last twelve months. The teachers continue to be the catalysts in the Enrichment Programme. They transform potential into high performance," Cowell said.

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