Monday, May 17, 2010

Keralite wins Teacher of the Year Award in US

KOCHI: Ten years of hard work has paid off for Kerala’s Anil Antony who won the Teacher of the Year Award of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) programme, the USA.

Antony, of Valiyaveettil House, Aluva, outperformed over 50 finalists to make it to the top spot. The SECME programme under the Ministry of Education, USA, selects the best teacher of the year from nominated teachers from universities, schools and colleges through a year-long selection process.

Anil has been working at Freeport, Grand Bahama district, as teacher for the last 20 years. Five nominees were selected from 50 people, and they were asked to complete portfolios in compliance with the guidelines provided.

The nominees were selected based on their dedication, accomplishment and participation in the SECME activities.

“I have been a part of the SECME activities for the past 10 years and have participated in 5 summer SECME institutes, including Tucson in Arizona, Houston in Texas, Daytona in Florida, Tuskegee in Alabama,” Anil said in an email interview.

“During the past 10 years, my junior and senior teams had won all the engineering design competitions, locally in Grand Bahama, and five times in the national competitions in the USA,” he said.

The award, comprising US$ 5,500 and a citation, was handed over to Anil at a function held at Clemson University, South Carolina, the USA.

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