Our staff is an important part of the success of the music department.
Mrs. Marguerite Vernon L.R.S.M. F.T.C.L. L.T.C.L.
Mrs. Marguarite Vernon has been associated with the Mt. Alvernia High School Music Department since 1962. After leaving Montego Bay High School, she taught for two terms at her alma mater before taking up the post to teach Music. After teaching for a year, during which she gained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), she attended the University of Toronto to do Music.
She then returned to Jamaica and married Williams (Billy) Vernon in 1961. She was again employed as teacher of Music, Physical Education, Mathematics and English in 1962. Mrs. Vernon taught Music until she retired in 2000. She now continues to teach piano at Mount Alvernia High School on a part-time basis. She prepares students for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations. Over the years she entered students here @ Mount Alvernia in the annual Competitions of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and they have gained numerous gold, silver and bronze awards. She held the posts of Grade Teacher, Senior Teacher, Grade Co-ordinator, and was appointed Vice-Principal in 1992.
During her teaching career, in an effort to further qualtify herself, she suceeded in gaining the Licentiate of the Trinity College Of London (L.T.C.L.) and ws also nales Fellow of the Trinity College of London (F.T.C.L.). She recieved two medals from the institute of Jamaica, one being the Centenary medal, and also the Prime Minister's medal for education, the Golden Torch Award from the Ministry of Education for 35 years of service in Education, the Parish Council Award for service in the field of Music, as well as several trophies and awards from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. Mount Alvernia in 2001, named the school's Hall of Fame, the The Marguerite Vernon Hall of Fame
She serves as a consultant and adjudicator for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Mr. Vinton Haughton BSc. Ed (Hons) TTDipl. (Mus)
Mr. Vinton Haughton joined the Music Department in September 2000. He is a graduate of Western Carolina State University, Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, Montego Bay Community College, Herbert Morrison Technical High School, and music programmes at Indiana State University and Elmhurst College in the United States.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational and Programme Administration from Western Carolina University and a JBTE/University of the West Indies - Faculty of Humanities and Education - Teacher Education Diploma with majors in Music and History and a minor in Information Technology.
He has participated in various seminars at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston Jamaica and Elmhurst College in Chicago USA. He is a member of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Association of Caribbean Music Educators (ACME), Association of Music Teachers and Friends of the Arts (AMTFA). He is a founding member of the Western Jamaica Inter-School Band Association (WJISBA) and helps to co-ordinate the Annual Montego Bay Inter Band Clinic. He is also a guest conductor at the Western Jamaica International Music Festival (WJIMF) each year.
In the Fall of 1999, Mr. Haughton along with six other music educators represented Jamaica at the Mid-West Elmhurst College International Music Conference. He has worked with world renowned Dr. Francis McBeth of "Moby Dick" fame in the area of music composition.
At present he is responsible for the School Choir, the Ensemble (Chamber Singers) and the School Band. Mr. Haughton also teaches Information Technology and Electronic Document Preparation & Management here at Mount Alvernia High School.
Mr. Haughton is also the Director of Bands at Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, a position he has held since 1999.