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Brittany Singh Williams

Brittany Singh Williams

Brittany Singh Williams is both an educator and international and global education strategist with a unique combination of expertise in the areas of curriculum development and implementation, professional and leadership development and teacher training.

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Brittany Singh Williams

"Strong truths, well lived" - Loyola University of Maryland motto and favourite quote of its graduate Brittany Singh Williams who encourages youths to live a life that allows them to be true to themselves - true to what and who they are called to be; a life well lived.

Singh Williams has a few titles attached to her name - founder of SPARK Education; adviser to the minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; executive director of the C.B. Facey Foundation; and curator of Global Shapers Kingston Hub. She has a passion for children and education, one that was hinted at during her childhood as she chose to teach her dolls or gathering the neighbourhood children to complete her versions of extra lessons through different activities. But it was not until the Loyola University of Maryland that this dream really took shape.

A Jesuit school said to be grounded in social justice, it was here that Singh Williams found herself exploring various subject areas and found herself in an education class. It was as if the class chose her. She found her purpose. Going on to Bangkok, Thailand, to teach English she was assigned to teach social studies/civics instead. This became a whole other experience entirely as while she taught students, she herself became a student of life and culture - gathering new perspective on life itself.

"For me, teaching in Thailand was less about the teaching aspect, but the learning about who we are meant to be as people and how lessons learnt in civics influences how we live in our own native land," she told Flair.

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Marcine Witter

Marcine Witter

Marcine Witter is a St Elizabeth-born educator with more than 10 years teaching experience. On a recent visit to the United States of America, she created an alliance and partnership with individuals and charity groups to provide much needed donations.

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Marcine Witter

Though not many saw her potential, for Marcine Witter failure was not an option. And it is through her own humble beginning that Witter was motivated to help children like herself.

Now a teacher at Lewisville High School, in St Elizabeth, she is also currently the grade nine coordinator, club coordinator and member of the guidance council committee. She was recognised for her service to the development of the National Secondary Studen'st Council body for the academic year of 2008-2009, and while attending the University of Technology, she made the Dean's list, graduating with honours.

All these achievements she received after failing most of her CXC examinations. In her first attempt she passed only three out of the seven subjects she sat. Having to sit approximately three years out of school due to this, she knew her second chance was a gift that she had to embrace. At 14 years old her father told her that she would not achieve more than her sister who had become pregnant as a teenager - Witter was determined that this would not be her story. After being considered a failure, she picked herself up and moved on.

She had the support of her mother who did her best with her limited resources and recently Witter was accepted into the South Eastern Oklahoma State University to complete Masters Business Administration.

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Nicole McLaren Campbell

Nicole McLaren Campbell

Nicole McLaren Campbell boasts a flourishing career as an entrepreneur, educator, professional speaker and author. In 2010, she founded AIM Educational Services, which completely revolutionized the preparation of students for college, locally and overseas

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Nicole McLaren Campbell

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in, day out. Being an educator is one thing, but becoming an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, wife, mother, fitness enthusiast and fashionista is another. Nicole McLaren-Campbell constantly aims for greatness.

As a bright teenager, McLaren-Campbell received great joy from helping others. From a strong family of teachers, she was already deep-rooted in the field of service. She got hands-on experience one summer as an intern teaching for Russel Bell of MRC Family School, and came alive in the classroom. "The feeling I got when I helped a student believe they could do the math, to see how, and eventually see themselves differently - it's indescribable. I felt purpose," she revealed.

McLaren-Campbell graduated from St Andrew High School for Girls, Jamaica Phillips Academy Andover, Princeton University USA and the University of London School of Advanced Study and School of African and Oriental Studies.

Her professional pursuits began while working at the Ministry of Education as a senior policy analyst to the minister, as well as tutoring in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies. She also served as a volunteer working with Princeton University's admission office to interview applicants from Jamaica. While interviewing a young woman full of promise, a business idea came to her. "She didn't quite piece the application together in the right way and I had a gut feeling I could help students craft and communicate their unique value proposition to attract major scholarships."

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