The V.I. Department of Education this week named St. Croix teacher Monique Mari Motta the 2015 V.I. teacher of the year.
Motta, a 27-year employee of the Virgin Islands Department of Education, is a special education teacher and the chairperson of the Modified Instruction Department at John H. Woodson Junior High School. A 1979 graduate of St. Croix Central High School, she received a B.A. in social work from Morgan State University. Her career was advanced in the Department of Education Special Services Division when she sought specialized educational services for her daughter. Motta instructs students who are severely cognitively delayed.
Motta was awarded St. Croix teacher of the year in October.
“So often the students that I teach are not the ones that you are going to read about their academic accomplishments — you are not going to read about their successes in life. But for many of my students, we have to teach more than communication. We teach them life skills and independence," Motta said when she won the St. Croix award.
Longtime E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary teacher Suzette Gomez-Smith was named the St. Thomas-St. John District 2016 teacher of the year in October. (See Related Links below)