The Caribbean Associations of Principals of Secondary Schools (CAPSS) held its 24th biennial conference at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel last week which concluding with a closing ceremony on Friday night and an award banquet in commemoration of exceptional teachers in the Caribbean. Among those awarded was Belizean National Brenda Armstrong, who feels humbled by the gift that acknowledges the hard work that teachers do. She shared her philosophy that she would like all teachers to recognize.
The whole purpose for us as leaders in our institutions is to guide the young minds that we are entrusted with. I would say that if we take that task as a really special trust, not just as a job, but as something we do out of the love we have for young people, than we can’t help but become better leaders.
She also spoke of her steadfast belief that education is the key to success.
If you believe that pulling string will be the key to your success, I will have to say to you I hope that your strings are very wide, because to lift an uneducated man is far more difficult that to lift someone who is equipped. Education can never be replaced, and once you have learned something it is yours forever. Whether you use it or not, it is yours. I would say to anyone who says pulling string will get them where they want to, I hope you have something else in your bag other that the strings that are supposed to be pulled. You need your education.
Armstrong is a retired educator but says that her work is not yet finished
Well, we’ll see what is in store for us. I will certainly not be sitting at home in a rocking chair too often. There’s much more work to be done, especially at the Secondary level. I hope to be able to influence the growth and development of Secondary education at a more national level.
The next CAPPS conference will be held in Dominique in 2015.