2 teachers receive humanities education awards

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Two veteran teachers - one from each district - will be honored today by the V.I. Humanities Council with the 2014 Heath Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Humanities.

The awards will be presented to Elaine Jacobs of Charlotte Amalie High School on St. Thomas and Barbara Daniels of Ricardo Richards Elementary School at their respective schools.

Jacobs is an English teacher with 29 years experience in teaching from grades six to 12, and she currently teaches Advanced Placement English Language and Composition and is chairwoman of the English Department.

"Teachers work the shifts that few people want, and when one of us is recognized for what we do, we are all recognized by extension, and our profession is lifted," she said.

Jacobs is also a professional storyteller who has performed at the United Nations in New York as well as throughout the United States, and she was the creator and host of "Out in De Yard" on Channel 12.

Daniels is in her 6th year of teaching music at Ricardo Richards, and she has 16 years of teaching experience, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade.

She said she strives to make each day new and exciting for all children, integrating technology and hands-on approaches for all activities, and she believes that building positive relationships with students is the key to successful learning.

Daniels, who was the recent recipient of the Teacher of the Year at Ricardo Richards Elementary School, worked in the medical field prior to her teaching career.

She also directed all musical activities at Camp David, the Presidential Retreat, during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

The Heath Award was established in 2003 by Alfred O. Heath and his late wife, Geraldine Heath, an educator and former board member of the Virgin Islands Humanities Council. The Heath Award recognizes the achievement of a certified public school teacher of grades K-12 in each district who have exhibited dedication and excellence in teaching the humanities.

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