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  • Eleven teachers from Hanover, who have given between 34 and 46 years of service to the early childhood sector, have been honoured by Early Childhood Commission (ECC).
  • The teachers were recognized during a ceremony, held at the Tryall Club in Hanover, on August 11, where they were presented with commemorative plaques.
  • Paying tribute to the awardees, Board Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission, Dr. Maureen Samms Vaughn, said the teachers have given the best part of their lives to the nation’s early childhood system.

Eleven teachers from Hanover, who have given between 34 and 46 years of service to the early childhood sector, have been honoured by Early Childhood Commission (ECC).

The teachers were recognized during a ceremony, held at the Tryall Club in Hanover, on August 11, where they were presented with commemorative plaques.

Those honoured were Pauline Steen of Lances Bay Basic School, who served for 34 years; Joyce Smith of Logwood Basic School, 35 years; Malikah Gillies and Vena Bernard of Cave Valley Basic School, 37 and 39 years respectively;  Norma Parkins of Santoy Basic School, 40 years; Elaine Myrie of  Green Island Basic School, 46 years; Buelah Pryce of Riverside Basic School, 42 years; Sybil Brown of St. Simon Basic School, 43 years; Rona Heaven of  the Salvation Army Basic School, 43 years; and Matilda James of  Pell River Basic School, 43 years.

Paying tribute to the awardees, Board Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission, Dr. Maureen Samms Vaughn, said the teachers have given the best part of their lives to the nation’s early childhood system.

“These teachers have given of themselves and we are very proud of them. The good position that Early Childhood Education in the parish of Hanover is currently in, is due in a serious way to the contributions they have made in building and moulding young minds over the years,” she added.

Thanking them for their dedication and commitment to the education sector, but more so to Early Childhood Education, Dr. Samms Vaughn described the teachers as “unsung heroes of the sector”.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission, Dr. Joan Reid, said the teachers have proven that Jamaica’s education sector is still attractive to persons who want to make a difference in nation building.

Dr. Reid said the ECC will forever be grateful to the teachers for the contribution that they have made in the educational development of the parish of Hanover and by extension, the island.

The honouring of the teachers from Hanover forms part of the ECC’s 10th anniversary celebrations.