Teacher lauded for turnaround

2017-11-22 06:01
Donovan Cupido (middle), a teacher at the William Pescod High School, scooped up the 2017 award for excellence in secondary school teaching at the provincial teacher awards ceremony held on Monday, 13 November. He is flanked by Tshepo Pharasi, head of the Department of Education, and Martha Bartlett, Northern Cape MEC for Education.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Donovan Cupido (middle), a teacher at the William Pescod High School, scooped up the 2017 award for excellence in secondary school teaching at the provincial teacher awards ceremony held on Monday, 13 November. He is flanked by Tshepo Pharasi, head of the Department of Education, and Martha Bartlett, Northern Cape MEC for Education.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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A teacher of the William Pescod High School in Kimberley was awarded the 2017 award for excellence in secondary school teaching at the provincial teacher awards on Monday, 13 November.

Award winner Donovan Cupido is regarded by many as a true example and a motivation for teachers to believe in themselves and to never give up investing in their learners.

He has turned his school into a positive environment, which now contradicts the notorious label the school used to bear.

He said it was all thanks to teamwork, perseverance and hard work.

“My passion for teaching and perseverance to invest in young people and recognise their potential has been the driving force all along,” said Cupido.

He had the choice of leaving William Pescod and moving to a better school many times, but he saw potential in the school and worked on it.

Even his daughter decided to be part of her father’s dream of transforming this environment for the better by joining the staff of the school.

Cupido is lauded by the school for his ability to creatively engage learners with the curriculum, to enhance their learning experiences and to adapt learning and teaching strategies to meet the needs of individual learners.

His contribution to the personal development of learners by communicating effectively with them about their performance and progress is the highlight of his contribution at the school.

Cupido has been teaching at the school for ten years now and it is due to his vision that he has made it this far.

“It was only through the help of the Lord that I managed to restore the dignity of the school.

“I have started directing my attention to uniting the staff at a social level and encouraging hard work from the learners and parents.

“Even though I sometimes had a choice (to leave), as my peers were getting permanent posts at what they described as better schools, I was not moved.”

Acknowledging his family, the whole school staff and the learners for their partnership in this award, he called for patience in terms of the complete transformation of his school.

“It will not happen overnight, as transformation is brought about through the renewal of people’s minds.”

He further acknowledged his former teachers from Oudtshoorn for instilling this passion of wanting to be the best in him.

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