Sorority honors local teachers

caines | 1/4/2012, 7:30 a.m.

Miamis Gamma Alpha Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., a business and professional organization, held its 25th Annual Apple for the Teacher Luncheon(AFTT) during American Education Week at the 94th Aero Squadron, 1395 North Red Road. Ten local Miami-Dade County Public School teachers were honored as unsung heroes. The theme was Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. The educators honored were Voncia Barno, Coral Reef Senior; Dawntoya Bryant, Maya Angelou Elementary; Renee Cromartie, Carol City Elementary; Magalie Desire, Miami Lakes Tech; Gino Kennedy, Ruben Dario Middle; Annie Lavender, Linda Lentin K-8 Center; Clementon Shipp, Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center; Cheryl Thames, Lawton Chiles Middle; Wendy Wadley-Jackson, Carol City Middle; and Dynise Williamson-Perry, Miami Edison Senior. Honorees were serenaded by Gamma Alpha Ensembles with a musical tribute to the tune of You Light Up My Life, accompanied by Mr. Lloyd Brockington. The highlight of the event was The Teacher Speaks where each honoree shared their passion for teaching, some tid-bits on experiences in the classroom, and why they are committed to their career choice. Their testimonies were powerful and let the audience know that the American education system is still meeting its challenges with well-equipped professionals. Dr. Ivis Richardson, President of Gamma Alpha, congratulated all of the teachers for their work and gave words of encouragement. Ms. Jo Ann Jones and her committee were commended for a job well done. Special To The Miami TimesPhoto courtesy of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.