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Published 24th May 2010, 3:38pm

All teachers in the public education system will receive an extra day off – with pay – on Tuesday, 15 June.

The educator holiday, dubbed Teacher Appreciation Day, was announced by Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, during a reception to honour Cayman Brac teachers on Thursday, 13 May.

"We thought long and hard about what we could do to really say thanks to our educators," Minister Anglin explained. "We came up with many wonderful ideas, but we finally decided on the day off after considering feedback we had received during our recent school visits."

He added, "If we are to value education, we must start by valuing our educators."

After hearing the announcement, the teachers seemed at first stunned by the sentiment. But they applauded heartily as the Minister assured them that the holiday would be granted prior to the end of the school year.

Other government officials attending the event were the Deputy Premier and Second Elected MLA for the Sister Islands, the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, JP; First Elected MLA for the Sister Islands, Mr. Moses Kirkconnell; the Education Ministry’s Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues; and Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler.

The reception, held at The Alexander Hotel, was part of the Ministry’s month-long celebration of Cayman Islands’ educators. A similar reception has been scheduled for Thursday, 27 May, to honour Grand Cayman’s educators.

For more information on the celebration and scheduled events, visit www.education.gov.ky.

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The Education Ministry’s Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues stands with some of the teachers who she says made a difference in her life. She purchased floral bouquets and gifts for each. (From left, back row) Hyacinth Downer and Mrs. Rodrigues; (front row, from left) Levonne Ryan, Gale Connolly, and Claudette Lazzari, who accepted a gift on behalf of her mother, Georgene Lazzari.Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler (left) with the Deputy Premier, the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, JP.
The Education Ministry’s Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues stands with some of the teachers who she says made a difference in her life. She purchased floral bouquets and gifts for each. (From left, back row) Hyacinth Downer and Mrs. Rodrigues; (front row, from left) Levonne Ryan, Gale Connolly, and Claudette Lazzari, who accepted a gift on behalf of her mother, Georgene Lazzari. Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler (left) with the Deputy Premier, the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, JP.
Nearly 40 Cayman Brac teachers were lauded during a cocktail reception for their dedicated service. The reception was hosted in their honour by the Ministry of Education, in The Alexander Hotel courtyard. Education Minister Rolston Anglin, JP, (left) with First Elected MLA for the Sister Islands Moses Kirkconnell, JP, and his wife, Nina Kirkconnell.
Nearly 40 Cayman Brac teachers were lauded during a cocktail reception for their dedicated service. The reception was hosted in their honour by the Ministry of Education, in The Alexander Hotel courtyard. Education Minister Rolston Anglin, JP, (left) with First Elected MLA for the Sister Islands Moses Kirkconnell, JP, and his wife, Nina Kirkconnell.
Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, with (from left) Cayman Brac Learning Community Leader Tammy Banks-DaCosta; West End Primary Year 4 Teacher Frauleen Brown, and her daughter Fraulein Whorms; Deputy Premier and Second Elected MLA for the Sister Islands, the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, JP; Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler; and the Ministry’s Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues.
Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, with (from left) Cayman Brac Learning Community Leader Tammy Banks-DaCosta; West End Primary Year 4 Teacher Frauleen Brown, and her daughter Fraulein Whorms; Deputy Premier and Second Elected MLA for the Sister Islands, the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, JP; Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler; and the Ministry’s Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues.