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VALEDICTORIANS


Jonah Greene ’04packs 48 hours into each day. An Antiguan secondary-school principal like husband Colin, she is “constantly multitasking and looking for innovative ways to achieve my goals.” Witnessing the power of Colin’s Skidmore degree to seed success, she wanted the same, and, as the mother of small children, she also needed to study at home. UWW offered that flexibility and the opportunity to help design her own study program. One of the first students in an online course in cross-cul- tural psychology, she says the experience taught her “to be inde- pendent, proactive, and goal-oriented.” Her message today is: “Try new things, practice common sense, enjoy life!” Echoing Colin’s assertion that “education is a fundamental right, and knowledge should be used for the good of the community,” Jonah believes no investment in children or adults is more important than education. She says, “Skidmore was one of my better life choices.”


Colin Greene ’01, principal of the largest secondary school in Antigua and an expert in educational labor relations, was first inspired by his grandmother’s notion that “education lights a fire.” He says, “Through my life, her words have been heeded.” With that foundation and Skidmore’s liberal-arts orientation as a model, he developed the philosophy that “each individual’s uniqueness needs to be harnessed.” A graduate of Antigua State College, Greene was president of his national teachers’ union and of the wider Caribbean Union of Teachers when he sought a bachelor’s degree, unavailable in Antigua. UWW’s agile and adaptable study program, he says, prepared him well “to help guide policy and teacher educa- tion in my country.” His gratifying experience grew into UWW’s Antigua initiative, which has graduated more than 60 teachers, administrators, and government officials who shape the region’s education. The indefatigable Greene also serves on the executive board of Education International, representing teachers worldwide.


ORLANDO NEGRON


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