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Feature Story:  December 22, 2018

 
 

2019 V.I. State Teacher

Samuel and 2018-19

St. Thomas-St. John

District Teacher Prince

Honored at Government

House Ceremony

 
 

ST. CROIX, USVI -- The Virgin Islands Department of Education recognized its 2019 Virgin Islands State Teacher of the Year Kerra Samuel and 2018-19 St. Thomas-St. John District Teacher of the Year Shernore Prince at a festive ceremony held at Government House on December 21.

 
 

The Territory’s top teachers were lauded by Education officials, colleagues and family members at the mid-morning gathering, which began with a catered breakfast and musical entertainment by the St. Croix Educational Complex High School (SCECHS) Jazz Ensemble.

 
 

Samuel, the intermediate computer lab teacher at Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School on St. Croix and Prince, a sixth grade math, science and health teacher at Joseph Sibilly Elementary School on St. Thomas received bouquets of flowers, plaques, gift baskets and various other tokens of appreciation for their achievements.

 

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Kerra Samuel, 2019 Virgin Islands State Teacher of the Year and Shernore Prince, 2018-2019 St. Thomas District Teacher of the Year

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Attorney Emile Henderson, Government House chief counsel, offered remarks on behalf of Governor Mapp and Lt. Governor Potter.

 

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Henderson went on to praise Prince, calling her a “phenomenal teacher,” and said it was an “honor to represent the Governor” in commending Samuel, his former classmate at St. Croix Central High School, on the work she is “doing in the community for our students.”

 
 

During Samuel’s one-year tenure, which will run through November 2019, she will represent the Virgin Islands public education system on a national scale and plans to champion the system’s continued access to federal funding, among other causes.

 
 

Education Commissioner Dr. Sharon Ann McCollum reminded the honorees of the importance of their role in the community.

 
 

“As educators, we know no one can take away the skills we have given to our students,” she said. “Kerra and Shernore, you are the golden key that unlocks the door [to freedom] every time you walk into your classroom. I am so proud of what this Department is doing. It is because of young people like you that I know we are in good hands.”

 
 

Speaking on behalf of St. Croix District Insular Superintendent Colleen Mae Williams, Deputy Superintendent Faith Dane George-Boone pointed out the commitment that teaching requires.

 

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Sheryl Serano-Griffith, St. Thomas-St. John District Special Education director, congratulated the honorees on behalf of St. Thomas-St. John District Insular Superintendent Dionne Wells-Hedrington.

 
 

“The superintendent wanted to convey her thoughts to you and congratulate you on your achievement,” she said.

 
 

Twenty-seventeen Virgin Islands State Teacher Dinah Browne, currently an assistant principal at Central High School, provided Samuel with some insight into her year ahead.

 
 

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“Kerra, you are about to embark on an incredible journey as State Teacher,” Browne said. “You are about to meet fifty-plus state teachers who will help solidify some of your ideas and cause you to question others of them. Both of you ladies are phenomenal.”

 

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