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Petrina Powell, a language and literature teacher at Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester has been named ‘Teacher of the Year’ by the HEART Trust NTA’s Technical High School Development Project (THSDP).
Mrs. Powell, who won the coveted title over 13 other teachers from across the island, was presented with the HEART Trust trophy, a plaque and other prizes at an award ceremony held recently at the Runaway Bay HEART Hotel in St. Ann.
Betty Bryan, a mathematics teacher at St. Thomas Technical High was placed second, while Sadie Lewis, a home economics teacher at Vere Technical High in Clarendon, was third.
In her remarks to JIS News after the presentation ceremony, Mrs. Powell expressed gratitude for the award and thanked “my principal, vice principals and other members of the academic and administrative staff, who have contributed positively to my teaching career.” She also gave credit to the students, whom she said, have been her greatest source of motivation.
Mrs. Powell told JIS News that while she was faced with many challenges as an educator, “the individual outcomes are never always negative and I will continue to learn and grow. My career choice has opened up many avenues for me and I .will continually cherish this experience”.
The educator further commended the HEART Trust for its invaluable contribution in helping to lift the standards of technical high schools in Jamaica, pointing out that the Teacher of the Year award served as a motivation for teachers to work even harder.
Executive Director at the HEART Trust/NTA, Robert Gregory in his remarks congratulated the teachers, noting that they had shown high levels of competence in carrying out their duties, adding that teachers, children, parents and the wider Jamaica thanked them for a job that was well done.