The 2013 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Awards gala took place at The Westin, Grand Cayman on Saturday, 30 November and its revival has been hailed as a success.
Over 200 guests including the Deputy Governor, the Minister of Education and other ministry officials, honourees and their families, colleagues and friends attended to celebrate the educational fraternity in the Cayman Islands.
After the cocktail reception, the 2013 Golden Apple Chair, Ms Angelyn Hernandez opened the evening’s proceedings with a warm welcome on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Apple Committee. Chamber President Chris Duggan gave remarks stressing the importance of teachers who strive for excellence in shaping the leaders of tomorrow. “This is one of the reasons I was so motivated to resurrect the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching,” Mr Duggan stated
Hon Tara Rivers, Minister of Education, Employment& Gender Affairs, highlighted the ministry’s support in partnering with the Chamber on the Golden Apple Awards. She lauded the accomplishments of each honouree and the importance of teachers in ensuring that Caymanian residents are able to compete globally and actively contribute to the community.
The Golden Apple recipients were:
Primary School Teacher in a Private School – Denise Orosa of Montessori by the Sea.
Primary School Teacher in a Public School – Heather Williams of The Lighthouse School.
High School Teacher in a Private School – David Rennie of Cayman Prep & High School.
High School Teacher in a Public School – Kirkpatrick Clarke of Clifton Hunter High School
Principal in a Private or Public School – Samantha Tibbetts of Hope Academy.
Mrs Janilee Clifford, a stalwart in education, was bestowed the Golden Apple Lifetime Achievement Award amidst a roar of applause and praises.
“My sincere gratitude and appreciation to theChamber of Commerce and staff who spent so much time and effort to make the 2013 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching such a success. As the ‘Lifetime Achievement recipient, I will always treasure it as the most important honour received throughout my teaching career,” Mrs Clifford stated.
Heather Williams from the Lighthouse School commented, “I am particularly honoured to have been a recipient of the award of Primary School Teacher in a Public School. As an educator, I never usually look forward to much recognition, but I certainly do appreciate an occasional pat on the back.”
Miss Williams further acknowledged those who took the time to nominate her. “I am thankful to the parents and other persons who nominated me, and to the Chamber of Commerce for spearheading such a noteworthy event,” she added.
Each honouree was presented with a beautiful crystal Golden Apple Award presented by Ms Rivers and Mr Duggan.
Honourees for the evening also included Hayley Dilbert and Gill Comins of St Ignatius Catholic School, Tanya Whiteside of George Town Primary, Audrey Gayle of John Gray High School and Robert Lankford of Triple C.
Special thanks were extended to Partner in Education, Dart Enterprises Ltd., and Lifetime Achievement sponsor, Maples and Calder. The reception sponsor for the evening was KPMG. Other corporate sponsors included Rubis Cayman Islands, Conyers Dill and Pearman, Deutsche Bank, The Westin, Grand Cayman, CML TV, Scotiabank & Trust (Cayman) Ltd, Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) Ltd., and INTEC Research Production Services.