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New Teachers visit CTF

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New Teachers visit CTF
31Aug 2016

40 new teachers – many from overseas, recently visited CTF as part of their induction program to the Cayman Islands. They were on an island tour organized with the help of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. As Department of Tourism Intern, Ashley Reid explained: “These teachers will be starting to teach in the fall in the primary schools and high schools. There are a couple of local teachers but we have some from Jamaica, the US, Europe and Canada. It’s important for local teachers to know their history but it’s also important to give expats an idea of our culture and heritage so that they’ll be informed and they’ll have stuff to talk to their students about.” The new teachers were taken all around by Curator of Terrestrial Exhibits Geddes Hislop: “We gave them a short presentation on the education programmes and how we can work with them, and all the different projects we do, then we just did a general tour of the park,” he said. They were shown the turtles, the crocodile, and the birds in the Caribbean Aviary, as well as the Predator Reef, and some of the wonderful indigenous trees in the park. All the teachers enjoyed the experience. Victoria Read from England said: “We’ve learned the differences between the two national parrots, the one having a slightly reddish forehead and the other thing is that birds of small islands tend to be small, and learning the different species of the turtles and what they do here – it’s been really fascinating.” Another teacher, Keshena, was interested to learn about differences in the ecology of the mangroves “I’m from Jamaica where the mangroves show zonation there, according to their different types – the Red, White and Button mangroves. But in Cayman its different all of them grow together – there’s no zonation here, which is strange to me.”