Shortwood Teachers' College Alumni mourns a stalwart
The Shortwood Teachers' College community is mourning past student and longest-serving alumna Monica Elaine Cammock, whose journey of education and training spans a 67-year career in classrooms across Jamaica.
A born-and-bred city girl, Cammock received her early education at Chetolah Park and All Saints Elementary schools before moving on to the Shortwood Teachers' College and continuing her studies at the University of the West Indies.
From there, she went on to give sterling service to the education sector at various levels.
As a young teacher, Cammock started at the Franklin Town Primary School, where she moved through the ranks to become principal, serving the institution for more than 45 years.
Ahead of her time, Cammock instituted innovative programmes geared towards special-needs children, was keen on teaching social graces, and believed that providing children opportunities for exposure to culture and learning outside of the classroom would complement lessons taught.
She also taught at the tertiary level at the then Mico Teachers' College Evening School, the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies, and the Caribbean Institute of Mass Communication.
After retiring, she returned to the classroom after being sought for her expertise by the Jamaica House Basic and St Andrew Preparatory schools, where she taught early childhood education.
Cammock also assisted students at the Learning Centre of the Jamaica Association of Children with Learning Disabilities, as well as co-authored the Sunday school curriculum used by the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands.
A woman with a heart for others, Cammock was devoted to voluntary service, serving a number of institutions and organisations, including the School of Hope, of which she was board chair; the Girl Guides Association; the Jamaica Reading Association as two-time president; the Shortwood Old Students' Association, executive member and three-time president; and an avid supporter of The Re-Birth Project, an intervention programme for at-risk youth.
Cammock's devotion to child care also extended beyond the classroom to foster parenting, a service she gave informally to numerous children and young people.
Directed by her motto, "Everything is in divine order", those close to her celebrate her thoughtfulness, loyalty, unwavering Christian commitment, and unparalleled work ethic that led to numerous accolades. For the 67 years of outstanding service to education, Cammock was the proud recipient of the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation, the Jamaica Teachers' Association's Golden Torch Award and Certificate of Appreciation.
From the Shortwood Old Students' Association she received the 75th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation for her sterling contribution and was inducted into the association's honour roll.
The Jamaica Reading Association awarded her its 40th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation and the Jamaica Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, honoured her with the award of a certificate of merit.
Cammock, who passed away recently at 87 years old, will be laid to rest at the Church of St Margaret, Liguanea, St Andrew, on Saturday at 11 a.m.