Recipients and sponsors of this year’s Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching gather for an official photo as the recipients receive their prizes. (L-R): Chamber CEO Wil Pineau, Partner in Education representative Cayman Free Press Editor Tammie Chisholm, Grace Christian Academy Principal Mrs. LeonoraMendoza-Hydes, Gift Sponsor representative Sharon Diaz of Scotiabank, Grace Christian Academy TeacherBernice Scott, Cayman Academy Teacher Catherine Eugene, Partner In Education representative
Lynn Smith-Moore of Dart Cayman Islands, Creek & Spot Bay Junior School Teacher Margaret Juman, AlternativeEducation Centre Teacher David Toney, and Chamber Vice President, James O’Neill
The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce and their Partners in Education, Cayman Free Press, Dart Cayman Islands, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman and Maples recently presented the recipients of the 3rd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching with prizes valued at $15,000. Funding for these prizes were generously donated by Golden Apple Gift Sponsors Campbells, Scotiabank, Tom Jones International, and the Water Authority.
During the Awards Ceremony on 20th June each recipient was presented with a crystal and marble Honouree Award, as well as the impressive gold and crystal Golden Apple Award.
“The Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to lead the way in recognizing the importance of education and the tremendous resource we have in our teaching professionals – the everyday heroes who make the crucial difference in our children’s lives,” said Chamber CEO Wil Pineau, CCE.
The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching is an annual awards programme organised by the Chamber of Commerce to recognise the teaching profession and pay tribute to educators throughout the Cayman Islands.
A total of 554 teachers were nominated for the award, which was first presented in 2007. Now in its third consecutive year, 22 educators have been named a Golden Apple Recipient, and 2 individuals presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education which is sponsored by Maples.
Nominations for the 2010 Golden Apple Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award will begin in November. The community is advised to keep informed about the nominations processes and dates through the media or by visiting www.caymanchamber.ky