Allman Town Primary principal leads by example
Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, principal at Allman Town Primary, does not regret her decision to move her son from a prep school and enrol him at Allman Town Primary.
"My husband said to me, 'What is at that school that is not at your school, because you are the best principal', and that was a jerking question. Of course, I dug deep and thought about it ... and so January morning, he was enrolled right here ," she told The Gleaner.
Her son, Jo-Nathan Smith, who will be attending Calabar High based on his Grade Six Achievement Test results, admitted that he was a bit apprehensive about the change to a primary school but quickly adjusted to the new environment.
"When I came here it felt weird but I adjusted to it over time," he said.
Jo-Nathan indicated that he has enjoyed interacting with his teachers and the opportunity to participate in more sporting activities in keeping with his athletic abilities.
Crooks-Smith, who is the 2015/2016 LASCO/Ministry of Education Principal of the Year, said enrolling her son at Allman Town Primary has given her a new perspective on school leadership.
"I tell people that he inspires me because when I compare how he learns and what was available at the prep school, trust me, we have way more going for us. When I see the way he learns, in terms of being hands-on, it challenges me because I start to say to myself, how many of my children here learn the way he does and I am not meeting their needs. I use him almost like a benchmark to see what I need to improve on," she said.