New deputy principal named at John Gray

John Gray High School teacher and administrator Patricia Forbes has been named the school’s new deputy principal, effective for the next school year. 

Ms. Forbes began teaching business studies at John Gray in 1987. She has served in a number of management roles, including subject leader for the Business Studies Department, associate teaching and learning coordinator for Wahoo Academy and acting deputy principal for Tarpon Academy.  

In a statement announcing the promotion, Acting Chief Education Officer Lyneth Monteith said, “Knowing Ms. Forbes for a number of years with her strong work ethic and leadership skills, I am delighted that she has been confirmed as the deputy principal of John Gray.” 

Acting John Gray principal Matthew Holmes moved up from the deputy principal position in February when Lyneth Monteith left the top spot at the high school. Ms. Monteith is now the head of the Department of Education. Ms. Forbes is currently the acting deputy principal. 

Ms. Forbes earned her bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of South Florida in 1987, a post-graduate education certificate from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, and a master’s in educational management from the University of Leicester in 2005. 

Acting Chief Officer for the Ministry of Education Christen Suckoo commended Ms. Forbes for her continued professional development.  

“Ensuring that our Caymanian educators continue to develop their skills and obtain opportunities, including those for advancement, is very important not only to me, but to the work of the Ministry of Education,” he said. 

From left, Christen Suckoo, acting chief officer for the Ministry of Education, newly appointed John Gray deputy principal Patricia Forbes, and acting chief education officer Lyneth Monteith.