Winner of the LifeChanger Award
Noted Atlanta-based Jamaican educator/high school counsellor/realtor and former Flair columnist Elaine Grant-Bryan, has added yet another title to her name. She recently received her PhD in education leadership at Argosy University, Sandy Springs, Georgia. Her dissertation research examined the relationship between mathematics, self-efficacy and the academic performance of advanced placement calculus students with a secondary focus on relationship to students' gender.
Now that she is equipped with a PhD, Bryan told Flair that her mission is to establish a youth centre that offers various services to young people in her community. "The centre will help to empower youth, offer educational services and college preparation. As an education-award recipient, I successfully secured several scholarships in the award name for students who have used the money to attend colleges in the United States, so I hope to continue doing so at my centre when it is established," Bryan told Flair.
Plans for jamaica
Being Jamaican, Bryan is among many in the Diaspora who dearly love their country of birth. So she plans to use all her wealth of knowledge to benefit Jamaica. "My Jamaican parents deserve all the credit for instilling the childhood values that have resulted in all my achievements. I plan to be of service to Jamaica in the areas of education and real estate. I will focus on assisting students in schools. To that end, my husband, Gregory, who is a past student of Jamaica College, and I plan to start with his alma mater."
Achieving the significant milestone, along with all the other awards she has received over time, has led to a feeling of self-actualisation because that was her main reason for leaving Jamaica. "Now I have achieved the highest level possible in that endeavour, I am grateful to God and also my husband who was my main supporter throughout the last four years while I was studying. My siblings and parents have also been of great assistance to me throughout this process and also several friends," Dr Bryan noted.
Using her knowledge of mathematics, counselling and the expertise that she gained while managing the college board AP programme at Chamblee Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia, Bryan was able to bring attention to the importance of mathematics success in today's education programmes. This study was a quantitative design with convenient sampling of 106 students from the school.
Dr Bryan also recently received the 2012-2013 LifeChanger of the Year award. This programme recognises and rewards school district educators and employees who make a positive difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
The selection committee included teachers and school district employees from around the country who reviewed all nominations and presented cash awards to the top-10 LifeChangers for 2012-13. The winner receives US$10,000, $5,000 being a personal cash award and $5,000 going to the school.
Nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, or any member of the school's staff, and who makes a positive difference in the lives of students. They must have:
A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students.
An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere.
Be a leader in his or her activities at the school and/or district level.
A proven record of excellent performance at the professional level .
A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere.
Dr Bryan is also an Atlanta mayor's Phoenix Award recipient, leadership Sandy Springs alumni council member and counsellor of the year. She is a Northwestern University graduate and the daughter of Dudley Carl Grant, United States-based former Jamaican entrepreneur.