Laying a Strong Foundation: Past Winner of Royal Fidelity’s NDTA – Annette Maynard Watson
- What did winning such an award mean to you?
In August 2011, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a call from a representative of Royal Fidelity who informed me that I was one of the ten finalists for an award as ‘A Royal Fidelity-National Distinguished Teacher’. I froze in that moment as I captured the essence of winning an award for the staff and students at the Christ Church Foundation School. What immediately sprung to my mind was that the award was for all of those dedicated teachers who moulded me at primary and secondary school. In retrospect, it was the sacrifice of several remarkable teachers who were involved in my mentorship that contributed immensely to my development. I am ever conscious of the fact that others within this profession share my values of hard work and selflessness and it is within this spirit that I dedicate this Royal Fidelity Teachers’ Award as an achievement for all teachers. When one teacher wins all of us win.
- Why did I become a teacher?
I believe I was born to be a teacher. I was teaching children from my community from about seven years and that was when my father gave me my first chalk and chalkboard. I consider my role as a teacher to be extremely student oriented and holistic. In fact, I define myself as an educator and student facilitator. Each child matters and their successes and failures are also mine; for it is my perspective that teachers are motivators and carry the seeds to empower and transform our students into exceptional citizens.
- How has winning such an award impacted you?
When a person is awarded in their chosen career it brings feelings of self-actualization, achievement and self-accomplishment at having reached the pinnacle. This award has further motivated me to strive for even higher and loftier goals. I have also noticed that more teachers across the educational arena have sought my opinion and guidance in matters not only relating to curriculum but other personal issues. This is a reflection of the value persons see in the Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers Awards. The awardee is now seen as an Icon. The many compliments and salutations received from students and parents due to this award have been positively overwhelming. What is also of importance is the overall effect it has on the school. There is a sense of pride, togetherness and celebration as the Foundation family rejoiced in the achievement. The response from the students was encapsulated in their thunderous applause and those who privately congratulated me on the corridors. What was most important to me was the sincerity of the students.
- Final thoughts on the Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers’ Awards
Finally, I must personally mention that what separates the Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Award from the other awards formerly held is that teachers are not required to sit before a panel of judges to prove that we are distinguished. Royal Fidelity allows the persons whom we touched to nominate us.
Thank you Royal Fidelity.