JIS News

Phillip Chen, a teacher at Kingston Technical High School, was selected ‘Teacher of the Year 2005’, in the HEART Trust Technical High School Development Project, at a ceremony held at the Runaway Bay HEART Hotel on Wednesday, August 10.
Mr. Chen, who competed against 13 other teachers from similar institutions across the island, walked away with the HEART Trust trophy, a plaque, a trip to Chicago, among other prizes.
“This indeed is a great honour for me to have been considered for this prestigious award and I want to thank God for enabling me to perform the task that I am being given from day to day, for without him I could not have done it,”Mr. Chen told JIS News.
He commended the HEART Trust/ NTA for the invaluable contribution it had made in helping to lift the standards of the Technical High Schools in Jamaica. Mr. Chen said the award would serve as a motivating factor for teachers in the institutions to work even harder.
In his address, Executive Director at HEART Trust/NTA, Robert Gregory congratulated the outstanding technical high school teachers, and noted that they were all leaders and teachers of excellence. He added that they have shown a high level of competence in carrying out their duties.
“Any celebration of excellence in our schools is particularly compelling in our very modern and competitive environment, as the standards of professionalism and quality demonstrated by our teachers correlate directly with the quality of students prepared for their very important role as Jamaican and world citizens,” he said.
Highlighting this year’s theme, ‘Empowering School Leaders to Accelerate Achievement’, Mr. Gregory said that it had become even more relevant in seeking to improve the quality of the school product, and that the Technical High School Development Project would continue to be a source of inspiration to the teachers in their quest for excellence in the teaching and learning process.
Runners-up in the competition were, Christopher Pitterson from Dinthill Technical High and Kenroy Williams from Holmwood Technical High.