Commitment. Dedication. Humour. Openness. Organization. Collaboration. These are all characteristics that define Mr. Ronnie Richardson, the valedictorian for the Division of Teacher Education (DTE), 2019.
Ronnie exemplifies what we hope for in all of our students at the DTE. With an outstanding GPA of 4.3, Ronnie showed that he was exemplary in his academic pursuits. His attitude and actions demonstrated his understanding that the teaching profession was more than just the acquisition of Grade As in his courses.
Instead, Ronnie’s approach to his friendships, his group assignments and his day to day interactions with colleagues in his cohort, as well as with first year students, was indicative of his willingness to befriend, to support and to offer pastoral care to all persons with whom he interacted.
He understood that an effective teacher must look beyond individual or personal growth and must also care for the well-being of others around him. We applaud Mr. Richardson for living his life so authentically.
The entire student body of the DTE, the SVGCC and quite possible the Villa/Glen community, has become quite familiar with the larger than life personality that is Ronnie Richardson.
Some of his non-academic achievements at the DTE include serving as the Student Council President, and working with the Windward Island Debating Society competition both here and in Grenada. Ronnie has entertained in song at several of our functions.
Division of Teacher Education Proud Of Richardson
Today, we the staff and students of the Division of Teacher Education are proud to present our valedictorian, Mr Ronnie Richardson. We celebrate him and his success; we are also confident that whatsoever his hands find to do that he would do it with all his might.
Finally, at his request, we share the following in the very words of Mr. Ronnie Richardson. “At the Division of Teacher Education, I have received an excellent tertiary education and training thanks to the fine administrators, lecturers and student body who believed in me to the very end of my journey at DTE. Personally, I was greatly motivated my classmates especially Mr. Sheldon Frederick, Miss Shenlyn Woods, Miss Kennica Thompson and Mr. Adrian Stapleton.
Ronnie Thanks Those Who Were Instrumental In His Success
I thank all of my lecturers for their support: Dr. Karen Thomas, Mr. Philemon Williams, Mrs. Frances Williams and Mr. Roderick Mckree to name a few. They have been a strong source of encouragement helping me to master the arts of time management and planning.
To my fellow graduates, I want you to know what a great gift it is to be as prepared as we are, because not every institution of learning offers such an advantage. At DTE we have had a high degree of academic excellence and whatever our next step maybe I know that we have all benefited greatly from what we have learnt here. Today, we are thankful for our families and their support.
To this end, I applaud and salute my entire family circle especially my mother Jolene Richardson, father Brian Clouden, my brother Damanny Roberts and cousin Ms. Josette Smith who has been a constant and immediate source of encouragement for me.
A special thanks to Mrs. Ereen and Mr. Brian Archibald and family, to my principal Mrs Cecelia-Akers King and the Staff of Bishop’s College Kingstown, the Principal, Staff and students of the Buccament Bay Secondary School, the entire Library Staff at SVGCC, the pastor and members of the Barrouallie Seventh Day Adventist church, the members of the Central Leeward District Choir and the members of the community of Barrouallie who also provided much needed encouragement along the way.
Finally, graduates, let us be thankful for each other. The friendships that we have made here will last a lifetime.
In the same way we have supported each other and helped each other succeed in these years at DTE, I hope we will continue to provide support and encouragement for each other in future endeavors.