Rotary Sunset Highlights Early Stimulation Educators



PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – In recognition of Rotary’s Basic Education and Literacy month, observed in September, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset honored 9 early stimulation educators who exemplify the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self”. The respective school boards, school management teams and associations were tasked with selecting one teacher, who would be the recipient of a breakfast box, gift certificates from various businesses, a bottle of champagne, and a certificate of appreciation from the club. The club has been highlighting teachers with surprise appearances for the past 2 years.

“Early stimulation educators play a vital role in a child’s life, as they are the steppingstone to a life of endless learning possibilities. Even in these uncertain times, our educators are making endless sacrifices to ensure they deliver quality education to our children. While students remain safe in the comfort of their own homes, our early stimulation educators, in particular, are going into the schools or welcoming students into their homes and demonstrating their passion for teaching. It was a pleasure for the members of Rotary Sunset to visit the schools and homes of this year’s recipients and being able to uplift and bring cheer them on with gifts of appreciation,” President Elisia Lake stated.

The 9 early stimulation educators honored for their decades of service, selfless dedication and advocating the importance of basic education, literacy, and care were;

  • Tr. Cheryl Freedom of Dafy Swing.
  • Tr. Bernadette Giorgi of 1,2,3 Soleil
  • Tr. Colleen Cato of Little Gosling Playschool
  • Tr. Chaniele Brookes of M & M Playschool
  • Tr. Antonia Philips-Joseph of Rupert Maynard Community Center afternoon school program and Children’s World play school.
  • Tr. Joan Rogers of Methodist Agogic Centre BFM campus.
  • Tr. Gayle Danzic of  Alexander’s Early Stimulation.
  • Tr. Claudia Wilkinson of Ebenezer Learning Playschool.
  • Tr. Berlinda Missoudan of Catholic Early Childhood Stimulation.

The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to thank the various school boards, management, and associations for their selection of educators. The club would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Chef B, Sharisa’s Kitchen, BBox and M & D Catering Services for sponsoring the breakfast boxes. A special appreciation is extended to Addicted Hair Lounge, Georgina’s Nails, TamLeo, Tee Zan and Angelic Touch Day Spa for sponsoring gift vouchers to all recipients and Digital Gumbs for their kind sponsorship of bottled champagne. The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to thank all educators for their continued hard work, years of service to our students and being the backbone of our educational system.

The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at Carl N Sons Unique Inn and Conference Facilities in Colebay at 7:30pm. Due to Covid19, the club currently meets via Zoom. The club can be contacted via email at or via the official Facebook page at