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We are never on holiday, says teacher

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer
Fae Lindsey (centre), teacher at Morant Bay Primary School, chats with (from left) Courts Jamaica representatives Claudette Gordon-McFarlane and Janet Sylvester; and Morant Bay Primary School teachers – Esther McGowan and Angella Gordon. They were attending the Courts Jamaica Education Week and Teacher’s Day luncheon at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday.

Reflecting on Teacher's Day celebrations throughout the years, Fae Lindsey, an educator at the Morant Bay Primary School, has expressed gratitude for being recognised, but she said that there have been several misconceptions that continue to plague the education sector.

Lindsey was among a group of teachers being recognised by Courts Jamaica, which hosted a luncheon at The Pegasus hotel in New Kingston yesterday in recognition of Teacher's Day.

The educator, who has been a teacher for 20 years, told The Gleaner that despite the many hurdles, it was her desire to make the students her focus.

"A misconception is that we get a lot of holidays. We are never on holiday. We have to be writing lesson plans in preparation for going back to school, even during the summer. Even when we are not physically doing the work, we are preparing mentally," Lindsey explained. "We are constantly finding ways to improve our classes, constantly setting goals and finding ways of helping our students to achieve their best self," she said.

"It's a good feeling to know that you are recognised as a teacher. This reinforces the fact that our product is really awesome and that our people recognise the work of teachers," said the Morant Bay Primary School teacher.

Katasha Thompson, senior brand manager at Courts Jamaica, said that a focus on educational institutions continued to be an important aspect of the organisation's community outreach.

"In keeping with our 59th anniversary celebrations, Courts Jamaica saw it prudent to pay homage to our valued customers who continue to inspire us," Thompson said. "Courts Education Week aptly reflects our support and appreciation of the work and dedication of our teachers in the betterment of society," she added.

jodi-ann.gilpin@gleanerjm.com