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  • A feeling of confidence and an expression of fulfillment are emotions characterizing the experience of Mrs. Althea McFarlane-Allen, who benefited from a one-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics scholarship to the Lloma Linda University in California.
  • A Teacher at the Denham Town High School in Kingston, Mrs. McFarlane Allen, along with other teachers from the Manchester High School, Brown’s Town High School in St Ann, Oracabessa High School in St. Mary and Morant Bay High School in St Thomas, participated in the enriching experience.

A feeling of confidence and an expression of fulfillment are emotions characterizing the experience of Mrs. Althea McFarlane-Allen, who benefited from a one-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics scholarship to the Lloma Linda University in California.

A Teacher at the Denham Town High School in Kingston, Mrs. McFarlane Allen, along with other teachers from the Manchester High School, Brown’s Town High School in St Ann, Oracabessa High School in St. Mary and Morant Bay High School in St Thomas, participated in the enriching experience.

“It was a fulfilling experience. We were exposed to a lot of things in the medical field. We were given high-tech tablets and we were introduced to a lot of apps that would help us in delivering our lessons to our students more effectively,” she told JIS News.

The Integrated Science, Health and Family Life Education teacher said among some of the first lessons she benefited from was the one on poisonous animals.

“We branched off into different workshops. We learnt about poisonous animals such as the snake. I found out that they are very useful to the environment and that there are different species and we shouldn’t destroy them,” Mrs. McFarlane-Allen said.

She added she was able to record images and videos of the animals, which she believed would be beneficial in deliveries to her students at Denham Town High School.

She also took part in the chemistry of cuisine lesson, which showed her proper food preparation techniques from the Seventh-Day Adventist University.

Mrs. McFarlane-Allen assured that the lessons and the experiences will take her pass the chalk and talk mode of teaching, to one in which technology is more incorporated.

“I will be able to connect the tablet to a projector and when I am doing my lessons I can come with more innovative approaches to modify the lesson,” said Mrs. McFarlane-Allen.

The teacher also advises other teachers to get on board with the scholarship programme because of the direction in which technology is progressing.

Next year, it is anticipated that the number of teachers awarded this scholarship will increase significantly with 100 teachers scheduled to benefit.

The participation in the one-week course was made possible through the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States, in partnership with the Ministries of Education, Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).

The training programme is in keeping with the Government’s efforts to strengthen teaching and learning in mathematics and science.