St. John’s Antigua- Assistant Director of Education responsible for Curriculum and Instruction Cynthia Crump-Russell will graduate from the University of Phoenix on Saturday with a Doctor of Education Degree.
In an interview before her departure to the United States, the veteran educator expressed elation at her latest achievement.
“I am happy that I gave in to the constant invitations from the University of Phoenix representative to embark on the programme,” she said. “I am a leader in education, and because I live by the motto, professional development is important to improve not only the individual, but also others he/she comes in contact with and is responsible for.”
She added, “It was necessary for me to continue to hone my capabilities in the field to share better practices with other educators. I am re-energised to continue seeking after knowledge and sharing with colleagues.”
Dr Crump-Russell began her studies in November 2007, through a partial scholarship from the Organization of American States (OAS). She noted that it was her desire to succeed coupled with the support of family and friends that saw her through her studies. She accomplished this while executing her duties at the Ministry of Education.
“Planning and consistency also facilitated the process,” she said.
Specialising in curriculum and leadership, the educator highlighted the need for being adequately equipped when dealing with individuals under one’s tutelage.
“Ongoing professional development fosters effectiveness. My main goal was to enhance my capabilities as a leader in education; specifically, to be exposed to new research and theories which inform (and provide) instruction, learning and assessment,” she said.
The assistant director of education noted that the expertise she has gained would go a long way in advancing her department’s mission.
Cynthia Crump-Russell has been an educator for more than three decades, having served at Antigua Girls’ High and Antigua Grammar schools.
She graduated from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill with a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master of Education Degree, majoring in assessment, measurement and testing.