Claude McIntosh is the 'Best Teacher Ever'
HEAD of the Business Studies Department at Bridgeport High School in Portmore, Claude McIntosh, is the 'Best Teacher Ever' as per an online competition hosted by telecoms company LIME to commemorate Teacher's Day, last Wednesday.
He was nominated by Petal Dilworth, a LIME social media fan and Bridgeport High School past student, who McIntosh taught more than 10 years ago.
For his troubles, McIntosh was surprised by a team from LIME on Teacher's Day and whisked away to the Singer Mega Store on Constant Spring Road, where he selected a gift of his choice courtesy of the two entities. He was all smiles when he relaxed to try out his brand new 42 inch LED Smart TV.
"This is the first time I have ever won anything," McIntosh gushed. "It feels very good to be recognised in this way, especially by a former student. It also feels good to know I impacted her life in such a positive way."
Dilworth updated her former teacher that she is now practising accounts — a subject for which she often received punishment from McIntosh for not completing homework assignments.
"Sir had his ways of getting us to do what we ought to. As upper school students, we were afraid of his embarrassing punishments, like standing out in the school yard on one leg or helping out in the agricultural department. Most times, it was easier to just do the work," she said, laughing.
McIntosh, who has been teaching for over 24 years, says his methods have proven effective over the years. He continues to offer extra lessons at no extra charge to his current students, to whom he is quite beloved.
"We are very happy to be able to reward Mr McIntosh for the contribution he continues to make in molding young minds. At LIME, we hold our nation's teachers in very high regard and salute them for their tireless efforts in ensuring the success of our young people," said Karen Phillips, LIME head of advertising and marketing operations, who accompanied the teacher to Singer.
In other Teacher's Day efforts, representatives from LIME took over classes at Norman Manley High School in Kingston and presented the 101 teachers there with gifts.