Lighthouse School will have a new principal when the school year begins in September, the Ministry of Education announced Monday.
Elroy Bryan, currently deputy principal at Savannah Primary School, succeeds Carla MacVicar who officially retired in September 2015, but agreed to stay on until her replacement was found.
“We are so pleased that Mr. Bryan has decided to take the position of principal at the Lighthouse School,” said Christen Suckoo, chief officer in the Ministry of Education. “He is bringing invaluable experience to the post, much of which he actually gained on the job at LHS.”
Mr. Bryan has been at Savannah Primary since 2013. Previously, he was a senior teacher and head of the physical education department at Lighthouse School for 14 years.
In a press release, Mr. Bryan said he is looking forward to leading “one of the greatest schools in the world.”
“I have a strong desire to see our students excel in life and I am willing to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure that they succeed, as I always strive to go the extra mile to perform my duties with the utmost professionalism,” Mr. Bryan said. “I am a product of our education system and I am motivated to improve the education standards of my beloved Cayman Islands.”
Mr. Bryan said working at Savannah Primary, the second-largest primary school on island, has “enhanced his leadership skills greatly” and increased his confidence in his ability to lead change within a school.
According to the Ministry of Education press release, Mr. Bryan was one of the “driving forces in the use of restorative practices to support the students,” and, as part of the leadership team he also analyses assessment data, reviews staff performance and provides support and guidance for staff to improve standards of achievement.
During his 14 years at the Lighthouse School, Mr. Bryan said, the students “transformed” his life.
“It was at [Lighthouse School] that I first experienced the joy of watching students reach milestones that they never thought were possible,” Mr. Bryan said. “I am extremely excited about returning to the school in the capacity of principal, where I can continue to lift up this school as the beacon of hope that it has been for so many children and adults alike.”
Mr. Bryan received the 2009 Young Caymanian Leadership Award and won the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. He accompanied the Special Olympics Cayman Islands Team to several games as the head coach for soccer and track and field.