PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Teachers Formation Day started with a Prayer Service led by our Parish Priest of St. Martin of Tours Parish, Rev. Fr. Adam Oleszczuk SVD, followed by an address from Dr. Marlon Halley, president of The Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten.
All present were then delighted with the presentation of the keynote address form His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday entitled” The Teachers’ Commandment: Inspire Your Students To make A Positive Difference”
His Excellency Governor Holiday reminded the teachers of a basic truth, that “teaching is the mother of all professions” and “as teachers it is your calling to be standard bearers of our society and as such it is incumbent on you to excel in doing so.” Teachers were recommended to live by the teachers’ commandment “to inspire each generation of students that pass through your classrooms to make a positive difference.” His presentation was very uplifting and inspiring.
The morning continued with a sharing from the Executive Director, Mrs. Lilia Aventurine-Hodge, which gave the teachers some “food for thought”
The teachers and staff of The Foundation Catholic Education were then invited to participate in one of the 22 workshops that were prepared for them. The presenters of these workshops were from locally based institutions from the community, teachers of SKOS, NIA and Dow’s Musical Foundation.
We are very proud of our local presenters and would like to thank them very much for putting our theme into practice” We are called to share with others” They surely shared their talents and gifts with us.