March 9, 2010
Star Features



Proud of Mocho Primary and Infant School
Elgin Taylor, Star Writer

Louise Clarke - Elgin Taylor

The career path of Louise Clarke, principal of Mocho Primary and Infant School in Clarendon, does not follow the usual script. In fact, she served as principal before becoming a senior teacher. She explained to The Star how this extraordinary event came about.

"I was a classroom teacher at Gimme-Me-Bit Primary School in Clarendon at the time. This was in 2003 and the principal was going off on study leave, and I was chosen to take her place. I served for three years and I thought I did an excellent job."

Clarke said on the principal's return she was assigned a senior-teacher post. After two years at this level, she applied and got the job as principal of Mocho Primary and Infant School.

Clarke got her first job at Cross All-Age in Clarendon in September 1993. However, it lasted for only one month. Her next job was at Gimme-Me-Bit Primary School from October 1993 to August 2008. In September 2008, she was appointed principal of Mocho Primary and Infant School. She is the holder of a bachelor of science degree from the University of the West Indies (1996-1999) and a teacher's diploma from Bethlehem Moravian College in Malvern, St Elizabeth (2002-2003).

In addition, she also obtained a postgraduate diploma in educational supervision from Mount Saint Vincent University of Canada. She is currently studying for a master's degree in curriculum development at the University of the West Indies.

The young educator registered her concern about the poor performance of males in our schools. She argued that they are the ones who are marginalised within the society.

"Look at our schools, the female students are outperforming the males about six to one. Something needs to be done. At my school, we have a mentorship programme which has its high point on Boys' Day. We also ensure our lessons are gender friendly," she stated.

The educator, who said her mantra is: 'I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,' believes, to a large extent, the unruly behaviour of boys is a call for attention. She said parents need to play their part, as it is her belief that this would have a positive impact on the education system. Clarke, who was born in Chapelton, Clarendon, said that she would like to go up the education ladder to the position of permanent secretary.

Looking back, she lauded May Pen Infant School, York Town Primary and Glenmuir High for giving her an early start in education.

However, it appears her heart is with her school and community. With a broad smile and sparkle in her eyes, she stated emphatically:

"I am proud of Mocho and I am proud of Mocho Primary and Infant School."

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