Hon. Jamale Pringle, Leader of the Opposition and Member of Parliament for All Saints East and St. Luke, is commending seven members of the teaching profession for their technological initiative and commitment to educating the children of Antigua & Barbuda.
Today, May 14, 2021, MP Pringle, a former teacher at the Irene B. Williams Secondary, Pares Secondary, Princess Margaret and Clare Hall Secondary Schools, will join faculty, staff and students across the Nation as they recognize the dedication and diligent work of these educators at their respective institutions.
Kathlyn Cornwall from Clare Hall Secondary School, Onica Lamouth and Catherine Xavier from Antigua Girls High School, Latoya Reynolds from Sir Novelle Richards Academy, Michelle Toussaint from the All Saints Secondary School, Aubreyann MillerRalph from Potters Primary School and Sharon Clifton-Kelsick from Princess Margaret School all came together to ensure that their students were prepared and ready for the Google Classroom.
Last year, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, students were required to engage in remote learning. Selecting the best teaching platform was critical, and the Google Classroom seemed to be the most efficient. So, with the support of Mrs. Jonah Green, Deputy Director of Education, these teachers rolled up their sleeves and went to work.
Without funding or technical support, they created the Google Classroom platform for the students, amalgamating over 1,300 email addresses in the process, so that communication could be established.
And even as the United States of America was struggling to ensure that its students were set up on this platform, these seven teachers were already up and running in Antigua. Knowing that CSEC examinations were just around the corner, the Super Seven invested long hours and sleepless nights in this initiative.
They could not disappoint the students. Page 2 of 2 Over the past several months, while many front-line workers — nurses and policemen and even government officials – were being honoured for their bravery and sacrifice, “not a drum was heard” about the painstaking work these teachers had put in. However, during the presentation of certificates today, Friday, MP Pringle will be sending a personal message to each of these heroes in the education system, as part of Teachers Week 2021 and “Teacher Appreciation Day.”
Additionally, he will be extending this gesture of appreciation, on a more formal level, after the conclusion of his quarantine.
MP Pringle hopes that, in moving forward, the Nation will stop and take note of the sacrifices that teachers make on a daily basis. They do not only teach; they serve as counsellors, advocates and even parents amidst these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers’ Lives Matter also! –