On Wednesday, May 3rd, ADW’s Education Department held its first Mentor School Appreciation Luncheon, to thank Mentoring School Teachers, and recognize their contributions, as well as the effort and support of school Head of Faculty (HoF) and Principals.
Every semester Mentor School Teachers (MST) work with and guide HCT’s B.Ed pre-service teachers for a duration of 4-6 weeks. Pre-service student teachers from semester 1 through to semester 8 work alongside highly qualified teachers in local government and private schools learning and developing the craft of teaching. In this way, students teach young learners in an authentic setting and make links with theory and practice. The MST’s role is sharing best practice, and they work hard mentoring and supporting the pre service teachers during their teaching practice.
The department wanted to recognize the MST’s commitment to the development of the pre service teachers. The MSTs were welcomed by the students with a rose and a personal greeting before the event started. The program of events included:
A professional development workshop on mentoring was given by faculty member Diane Tzovanis. This was followed by a speech from the Executive Dean, Dr Phil Quirke. Students; Mariam, Nadia, Aisha and Jawaher then shared their experiences about the success of their placements. Chair of the Education Department, Grace Faure-Bryan spoke about collaboration and professional journeys for both mentor and mentee.
Finally, MSTs were awarded certificates and letters of recommendations followed by a cake cutting. The formalities were followed by a delicious lunch in the private dining room which allowed time for networking.