Chief Education Officer Mrs. Nyda Flatley will leave her role effective from 1 January.
During an illustrious career in the education system spanning over three decades, Mrs. Flatley has remained heavily involved with the delivery of high quality education to the children of the Cayman Islands, states a press release from the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture.
Having obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the West Indies in 1976, Mrs. Flatley was initially appointed as a teacher of Spanish and Social Education at John Gray High School.
Over the years she progressed through various posts of responsibility until in 1995 when she became the first Caymanian and first female to be appointed principal at John Gray.
Being first is nothing new to Mrs. Flatley.
In 1984, she was selected to attend the first Quest workshop, a drug prevention programme that remains as the basis for the teaching of life skills throughout schools in the Cayman Islands.
Her unbridled interest in Cayman’s youth has led her to serve as a member of the National Drug Council, the Education Innovation Oversight Committee and the Improving Teaching and Learning in the Cayman Islands Advocacy Team.
Mrs. Flatley was appointed deputy chief education officer in 1999 and she became chief education officer in August 2000. She gratefully acknowledges that all of her qualifications, which include a Diploma in Education Management and a Master of Education degree were sponsored fully by the Cayman Islands Government and notes also that she will continue to be supportive of educational initiatives and expects to remain actively involved in various community projects.
Chief Secretary George McCarthy paid tribute to Mrs. Flatley.
‘During her impressive service-term Mrs. Flatley has provided a shining example to education professionals throughout the system. She has led the way for Caymanian educators in many ways, not least as the first Caymanian to be appointed principal of John Gray High School, or through her continuing commitment to community projects, which benefit young people,’ he said. ‘We thank her for her unwavering dedication to educating our children and wish her well for the future.’
Alden McLaughlin, Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture, also expressed his sentiments.
‘We gratefully acknowledge Mrs. Flatley’s many years of hard work and dedication to education in the Cayman Islands. Her endeavours have provided the foundations for the continued evolution of education upon which we continue to build,’ he said.