Super teacher treasures award
Lorna Jackson says she will treasure the award she got from the Trelawny Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Heroes Day.
"Usually, awards like these are for when you are old and retired," said Jackson, who was hailed for her contribution to education. "To receive it now is highly appreciated ... the plaque is really very nice ... I will treasure it."
Before her recent honour, Jackson was the recipient of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Golden Torch Award for her 36 years of service in education. She was also given the William Knibb High School Award for being the first alumnus to serve as vice-principal. Jackson is also the recipient of the Refuge Old Student Award for being a distinguished past student, and the Distinguish Secretary Award for her work with the Optimist Club of Falmouth, which she serves as a charter member.
Jackson, who is from Daniel Town, received her early education at Refuge All-Age School. She later moved on to the William Knibb High School, where she spent five years. After she graduated from William Knibb in 1976, the ambitious Jackson, who was the school's head girl in her final year, went on to Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, where she pursued a course in teacher education, specialising in Spanish and English.
PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE
After she graduated from Sam Sharpe, Jackson headed back to William Knibb, where she was employed as a teacher of both Spanish and English. Driven by her passion for excellence, Jackson steadily moved through the ranks, becoming a senior teacher, head of the Spanish Department, vice-principal and now acting principal.
"She was stern when it came to discipline, but she was a caring teacher," said Christopher Thomas, a William Knibb alumnus.
Jackson is an active member of the William Knibb Baptist Church, where she serves as a deacon and secretary.
"I am now looking forward to retirement," said Jackson, who is keen on having the extra time to share with her grandchildren. "I am also looking forward to the opportunity to relax and sleep as long as want to in the mornings."