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C.H. Reeves teacher earns master teacher certification

  • C.H. Reeves School Business Studies Coordinator Ramona Wells, left, with Director of Education Lionel Sands after she completed a 10-week online Organization of American States (OAS) professional development course, “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers with Web 2.0 Tools and 21st Century Skills”. She earned certification as an iEARN master teacher. PHOTO: RAMONA WELLS

Guardian Lifestyles Editor

Published: Jun 19, 2013

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There’s an adage that says people should practice what they preach, and it’s a saying that C.H. Reeves business studies coordinator, Ramona Wells, adheres to. The teacher always tells her students that learning never stops and she definitely practiced what she preached recently completing a 10-week online Organization of American States (OAS) professional development course, “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers with Web 2.0 Tools and 21st Century Skills.” She earned certification as an iEARN Master Teacher.

The course objectives were to understand the foundations for the 21st century teaching and learning; experience hands-on integration of ICT and collaborative learning into the teaching practice; recognize the benefits of international collaboration and knowledge sharing; network with educators around the world who are using ICTs (information and communication technology) in their classrooms and develop the framework for a 21st century teaching course to use with future teachers.

The two-month course was held in collaboration with the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN-USA) branch. Wells scored 100 percent marks on all assignments.

“Moving forward I would say to teachers that if there’s any opportunity for professional development and training to take advantage of it because we never stop learning,” she said. “We tell our kids all the time they never stop learning, so as educators and persons in the classroom we should be doing the same thing — always upgrading ourselves and becoming developed.”

Wells applied for the online course through the Ministry of Finance. She was given the one spot opening for her first online training experience to which she said she harbored a little bit of fear going into.

“Because you’re usually used to the face-to-face interaction, you’re thinking the teacher of the person that’s doing the course will probably forget you, or you may forget an assignment. But it ended up being where the assignments and the communications were on a constant basis, so it rarely felt as if you missed something or lacked something,” she said.

During the two months, Wells said she had to log at least five hours daily which meant many late nights for her.

“I stayed in the regular classroom and used my afternoons and evenings to ensure that I was able to get the work done,” she said. But she reinforced what she learnt by using the tools on her students in her class assignments.

“As I was learning, I reinforced it by passing it on to my students.”

The married teacher said it was tough balancing her studies with her classroom and her home life, but she said her husband Nathan Wells was supportive, even though their date nights were often compromised, as he ensured that she stuck to her schedule and had time to finish assignments.

Wells who has been teaching for seven years is one of the people at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology teacher trainers.

C.H. Reeves School principal, Greta Brown, said she was proud of Wells’ accomplishment. She described the business studies teacher as one of the new breed of teachers who are young, excited and energetic and who makes a connection with students. Brown said Wells also imparts her knowledge to her fellow teachers and was instrumental in spearheading the school’s move to computerization of report cards.


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