Shanta Seymour has been appointed Principal of the Clement Howell High School in Providenciales, making her the first local principal of the school for more than a decade.
Ms. Seymour initially joined the Turks Caicos Civil Service in 1998 as a Primary School Teacher within the Ministry of Education after her initial tertiary education studies at The Barbados Community College in Bridgetown Barbados.
She was then awarded a scholarship in 2000 to further her studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, where she completed her studies with Upper Second Class honours.
She returned to her beloved Island of Grand Turk where she assumed the position of Teacher of English at the H.J. Robinson High School. Here she excelled as she found her true passion and in 3 short years, she was promoted to Vice Principal of the institution.
In 2011, Ms. Seymour was transferred to the Clement Howell High School in the same capacity where her commitment and dedication to educating the youth of the TCI remained steadfast.
Here, she became involved in a number of outreach programmes all geared toward the enhancement of educational progression of young minds.
Commenting on Ms. Seymour’s appointment Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams stated:
“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Ms. Shanta Seymour on her appointment as the new Principal of the Clement Howell High School.
“Ms. Seymour has dedicated over 20 years of service to education in these islands and has served as the Vice Principal of the Clement Howell High School for the last 10 years, having as a part of the senior management team of that institution, overseen a great shift in the operations, output and potential of the institution.
“We wish her well on her well deserved promotion and know that she will continue to do well in leading the institution to even higher heights in the future.”
For her part, Seymour commented:
“Education was, is and will forever be the foundation upon which all of my goals and dreams are built. It has provided me with the opportunity to achieve one of my greatest desires, to help children to develop to their fullest potential and to help to propel them into a world with endless possibilities.
“My ambition to be Principal will allow me to explore the implementation of new and innovative strategies in a diverse and ever changing educational setting that will help and improve the teaching learning dynamic in my school and my country at large.
“Having served in the Education Sector of the Turks and Caicos Islands for the past 23 years, first as teacher of English and for the past sixteen (16) years as a Vice-Principal, I am passionately pursuing avenues to not only enhance myself professionally but to enhance the profession that I have chosen and of which I have fallen so deeply in love.
My students are my passion.
“The feeling that envelopes me when a student who is considered academically challenged, rises up and is able to accomplish goals that may have once been out of his metaphoric grasp, is surreal or when a behaviorally challenged student has been given the time and attention that best suits their needs and is able to progress normally and with the right stimuli, overcome said challenges, fills me with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that concretizes my extreme desire to not only remain in my profession but motivates me to want to increase my knowledge and understanding of education spectrum and help to teach and lead others over whom I’ve been placed, to do likewise”.