Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust has announced the line up of Judges for the “Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers Awards,” a community initiative in association with the Barbados Union of Teachers.

The purpose of this annual programme, first announced late last year, is to recognize and reward ten exceptional teaching professionals who have been nominated by the general public, their peers, parents and students. Along with the title, the winning teachers will each receive BDS $2,000 each.

Nominations for the “Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers Awards” will open with the launch of the web site on April 6th. Nomination forms and further information will be available on the web site. (L to R) Charles Chambers (Mgng. Dir. of Royal Fidelity), Grace Pilgrim, Mac Fingall, Joy Gittens, Matthew Farley and Keith Miller. MISSING: Joyce Chase. Together, they form the 7 member Blue Ribbon Panel of the Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers Awards.

Launching the opening of the Nomination process, Royal Fidelity introduced its “Blue Ribbon Panel of Judges” fittingly, at the Barbados Cruising Club – an historic venue that Barbados’ Father of Independence Errol Barrow helped form in 1958. Mr. Barrow believed in an education for his young nation, making it free up to a tertiary level for all Barbadians.

The Judges are Mrs. Grace Pilgrim, Mr. Keith Miller, Mr. Mac Fingall, Mrs. Joyce Chase, Mr. Matthew Farley, Ms. Joy Gittens and Managing Director of Royal Fidelity Mr. Charles Chambers. They will review all nominations and together select the ten winners who amongst other criteria, must be employed full time classroom teachers in the Barbadian Educational System and have at least five years teaching experience as of January 1st, 2011.

Mr. Chambers said that a great deal of thought had gone into the selection of the Panel. “We wanted members who represented a good cross section of the community and had some position or standing regarding education and its delivery in Barbados.

We are very pleased with our Panel in all respects and feel confident they will make the tough decisions necessary to find the ten winners in what we expect to be a very competitive field.”

Commenting previously on the association by the Barbadian Union of Teachers (BUT) with Royal Fidelity in the initiative, Mrs. Karen Best, President of the Barbadian Union of Teachers (BUT) urged everyone to nominate a favourite teacher.

The Barbados educational system has demonstrated its capacity for producing outstanding students. Who should we thank? Our teachers. But it is sad to say, the world seldom notices who the teachers are: but civilization depends on what they do and what they say. There are so many positives that will come out of this initiative. At last the public will be reminded of the importance of teachers and teachers will be able to reflect on their commitment and dedication, with the knowledge that these attributes will be rewarded”.

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