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Mrs. Evelyn Deal honoured at Rock Sound Primary on her Retirement
By the eleutheran news team
Mrs. Evelyn Nixon-Deal, a dedicated teacher for the past 43 years, was celebrated at the Rock Sound Primary School on Friday, March 10th, 2017, on her retirement from the teaching service, with a special assembly followed by a luncheon with colleagues and friends. During the assembly, each grade made special presentations in songs, skits, poems and dances, from K4 (her final class of students) to grade 6. She was plied with gifts, and lauded for her contribution during her time as a teacher by her Principal, Mrs. Nathalie Sweet ing, and District Superintendent for the Eleuthera District, Mrs. Helen Simmons-Johnson. The bulk of Mrs. Deal’s career in education was spent on the island of Eleuthera, primarily in the south, where she taught at the St. Anne’s Catholic School in Rock Sound, at Rock Sound Primary School, and at the We myss Bight Primary School. She also spent time as a teacher in Andros at Central Andros High, as well as at Fresh Creek Prima ry School during an eight year sojourn to that island from 1994 to 2002, accompanying her hus band, Mr. Robert Deal, when he
Above: Honoree, Mrs. Deal responds to the room of well wishers, family and friends. Administrator Glenn Lightbourn and Supt. of Education, Helen SimmonsJohnson and other Education officials were among those present.
was Principal at Central Andros High. Principal Sweeting, following the assembly, commented on the effect Mrs. Deal had on the school and the prospect of losing her talent, saying, “Mrs. Deal has made a great impact on the life of the school, from the smallest child to the adults. The little ones gravitate towards her, they just love her. In the morning when she arrived at school, everyone ran to meet her, and when it came to the teachers whatever assistance she could give she was always so helpful. She was like the life of the
party and kept things going. She will be greatly missed. She is one of a kind and a number one teacher. I’m hoping that she continues teaching and continues to impact lives she touches. Although she is retiring today, I’m very happy to know that she is not leaving right away. She has consented to stay on with us until June. It’s truly been an exciting and enjoyable day!” Mrs. Deal, now plans to take some ‘me’ time, cruising with other friends at a time of her choosing, and also plans to become more involved in community and charitable work, she said. In response to the celebration and accolades afforded to her, she shared, “I’m overwhelmed, because I didn’t expect the turnout. So I can surely say that I am loved. I always said in teaching, to give it your best. When I came into it, a wise person told me, ‘As a teacher - know your stuff, know who you are stuffing, and go and stuff them!’, and that is exactly what I did.”