Ramona Melody has been named
principal of Grace Christian Academy.
An educator for more than 20 years,
she previously worked as principal of First Baptist Christian School in Grand
Cayman and is currently the director of education for the Hampshire County Sheriff’s
Department in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she manages and coordinates
educational opportunities for 270 students.
A Caymanian, Mrs. Melody received
her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska in
1982 and her master’s in education in 1998. She received her certification for
advanced study in head-teacher leadership through the National Education
Leadership Program of the Cayman Islands in 2004.
“Mrs. Melody has a passion for
providing every child with the highest quality educational experience. She is a
proven leader, fostering an atmosphere of trust and teamwork, where every staff
member is encouraged to do their best work and each student valued for his or
her unique talents,” said Gloria Glidden, chair of the Grace Christian Academy
Board of Directors.
“We also commend our deputy
principal, Claire Upperton, for her excellent stewardship during this
transition,” said Ms Glidden.
“For the past six years, Mrs. Upperton
has been a dedicated Pre K teacher for our school, as well as assuming the
deputy principal role for the past two-and-a-half years.”
In addition to its new principal,
who joins the school in September, Grace Christian Academy will introduce a
full science program and an information technology programme for the coming