British Virgin Islands Author Publishing Snapshot Of Influential Educator.

Photo: BVI GIS. The cover of the new book about a prominent BVI educator.
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A new book about the influential BVI teacher and school administrator Carlisle Scott is about to be published and will likely be of great interest to older residents who went through the school system between the years of 1956 and 1968 during his career in the local school system.

Scott was originally a native of Barbados who migrated to the BVI as a young man. After his retirement he was awarded the honor of Member of the British Empire.

Local author and educator Medita Malone Wheatley will be launching a book called “A Snapshot of the Virgin Islands Secondary School Under Principal Carlisle Scott”, on Monday, May 6.

This book features several first-hand reminiscences and articles from students and teachers who were personally  influenced by Scott during the late 1950’s and 1960s.

Mrs. Wheatley highlights the valuable contributions of Mr. Scott to the students who attended the Virgin Islands Secondary School, which have had positive, far-reaching implications for the overall educational landscape in the Virgin Islands.

Mrs. Wheatley, who was personally influenced by Mr. Scott’s formal and informal lessons, edited the text with a deep sense of commitment, which she intended to see through to completion.

She noted, “For me, the launch of Mr. Scott’s book is a sacred obligation. He left a record of what was accomplished in secondary education during the years of his tenure as principal of the Virgin Islands Secondary School.”

She added, “His impact in that role has left a mark on the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and socio-political infrastructure of the Virgin Islands and has rippled to distant parts of the world.”

The nostalgic text contains testimonials by teacher, students and notes by the late Mr. Scott himself.

Contributors to the book include Elton Georges OBE, CMG; Canon Gibson, Miss Adorothy Turnbull, Inez Archibald CMG, Claudia Frett Lettsome, Quincy Letsome Ph.D., Marilin Malone Bass, Medita Malone Wheatley, Verna Penn Moll, Joseph Vanterpool and Reuben Vanterpool.

Meanwhile, Director of Culture Dr. Katherine Smith said, “The many individuals who passed through the hands of Mr. Carlisle Scott who served as Principal of the Virgin Islands Secondary School between 1956 and 1968 attest to the direct link between education and the building of a society.”

Dr. Smith added, “This is captured in this valuable text which has been edited by Mrs. Medita Malone Wheatley. These very students whom Mrs. Wheatley refers to as the “children and grandchildren” of Mr. Scott would become the Virgin Islands’ builders, engineers, architects, tradesmen, medical doctos, lawyers, bankers, entrepreneurs, elected officials, priests, ordained ministers, public officers and much more, often reaching the pinnacle of these fields.

Persons are encouraged to attend the launch on Monday, May 6 at the Elmore Stoutt High School, L. Adorothy Turnbull Building Lecture Room 2.

The Department of Culture continues to promote the contributions of local authors, and the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage and traditions.

For more information about the Department of Culture’s book launch programme, persons can contact the department at 468-4379.

Source: BVI Government Information Service.
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