Saturday, April 20, 2024

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Sincere congrats to Sheldyne


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“I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4: v13

I DO BELIEVE that when one does well, regardless of one’s status it should be highlighted and be shared with the wider community.

That is case for Sheldyne Ramsay, 49, who recently graduated from the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College in-service certificate in early childhood education, care and development with all grade As.

For her efforts, she earned the Most Outstanding Student award for 2013-2014.

Ramsay, who has been a parent volunteer at the Ann Hill School since last September, said she wanted to do the early childhood education course “ever since”, but she believed she was not ready at that time.

Her last child Sheena, 13, was born with spina bifida, a developmental congenital disorder that causes her to have no control over her feet, bowels and bladder.

It was after the birth of her daughter that Ramsay dedicated her time as a parent volunteer, caring for her daughter and other children with challenges.

When Sheena was ready for school, her mother was told no teacher was allowed to change the child’s diaper, so if she wanted her daughter in school, she would be responsible for changing the nappies.

Prior to taking up the position at the Ann Hill School, which her daughter now attends, Ramsay worked at All Saints Primary School for six years.

It was while working as a parent volunteer in 2013, that she decided she was ready to undertake some studies in teaching.

The Lonesome Hill, St Peter resident soon found out that juggling her chores, day job and studies was not easy.  

The course ended in May last year.

What was most surprising to Ramsay is that she performed exceptionally well, despite not having any formal training in teaching.  

Congratulations to her for a job well done, against the odds.


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