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Alumni Spotlight – Norman H.

Say hello to our Ambassador Teacher alumnus in the spotlight this month—Norman H.!  We recently caught up with Norman to reminisce about his incredible teaching experience in the U.S., where he shared valuable insights and cherished memories. From teaching in North Carolina to becoming an interim principal in Jamaica, Norman’s journey in education spans over 40 years. Keep reading to discover how he continues to make a positive impact and how global education has shaped his life.

Reflecting on his experience teaching in the U.S.

Q: What schools did you teach at and when?
A: I taught seventh and eighth grade for four years (2007-2011) at Rochelle Middle School in Lenoir County Public Schools.

Q: What inspired you to apply to teach in the U.S.?
A: I wanted to share my educational, professional, and cultural experiences with other students and teachers and to learn from them as well.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your time teaching in the U.S.?
A: During my time teaching in North Carolina, I enjoyed learning about the various teaching methods and strategies as well as various ways of effectively managing my classes.

What life looks like now

Q: Where are you now? Are you living in your home country or elsewhere in the world right now?
A: Right now, I am living in the Cayman Islands.

Q: Are you still working in education or have you changed career paths? Please tell us about your current job!

After returning to Jamaica in 2011, I taught math, science, and physical education for three years at one of my past schools, Jericho Primary School. I was then promoted to interim principal at another school in Jamaica called the Bermaddy Primary School.

In August 2015, I returned to the U.S. as a Middle School Math/Science educator and taught at the following schools in North Carolina: Sallie B. Howard, Dillard Academy, and Children’s Village Academy.

In April 2022, I was back in Jamaica and opted for early retirement. However, in August 2022, I was recruited by Hope Academy, a small private school in Grand Cayman where I now teach seventh and eighth grade math and science.

I completed 40 years in education in August 2022, still contributing and loving it! I also became a member of the Lions Club movement where I volunteer for the less fortunate in the community, coach youth football and volleyball, and give motivational talks.

Q: Do you have any other life updates that you would like to share with us and the Participate Learning Network?
A: I gained a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education in February 2017. Thank you to Participate Learning (VIF – Visiting International Faculty when I took part) who gave me the insight and appetite for international education!

Share a few facts about your time teaching in the U.S. Think about favorite memories, travel experiences, special moments, accomplishments, or other things that happened during your time with the program.

  • I participated in local adviser training and was fully prepared to assist new and incoming teachers in my school district.
  • I was named assistant coach of my school’s volleyball team in my first year and enjoyed the various trips we took within the state for games and competitions.
  • I started my principal’s internship program at my school and was on the school leadership team.
  • My school was named a Green Ribbon School in the category of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
  • A group of teachers (all Jamaicans) used to visit Raleigh once per month to accompany a young Jamaican scholar who was participating in a university program. We used the opportunity to conduct regular picnics in the park.
  • I enjoyed the annual picnics that Participate Learning conducted at local lakes for fellow Ambassador Teachers to interact.

Interested in connecting with Norman and following his journey? Connect with him on Twitter here.

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