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Celebrating Patricia Eves-McKenzie, Retired Counselor, Medical Centre, UTech, Jamaica May 21, 2018

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Retired Head Counselor, UTech, Jamaica Patricia Eves-McKenzie receives the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education from Prime Minister Andrew Holness.


Teaching is my first love, says PM Award recipient

Jamaica Observer, Friday, May 18, 2018

RETIRED educator Patricia Eves-McKenzie is honoured to be a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for doing something she loves.

Proud of her long and distinguished career in education, moulding students from the primary to the tertiary levels, Eves-McKenzie said that things may have turned out differently, as there was a time when she stepped away from the profession.

She embarked on a 10-year journey out of education, which had been her mainstay for 17 years and ventured into unfamiliar territory. Eves-McKenzie first entered the classroom at Mona Preparatory School in September 1967 as a young graduate straight out of Shortwood Teachers’ College.

She remained at Mona for one year, after which she moved on to the then Tarrant Junior Secondary (now Tarrant High) School where she remained for nine years. There she taught mathematics, English, Spanish and music.

She eventually became the first vice-principal of the newly opened Edith Dalton James Secondary (now high) School and served that institution for seven years. Following her stint at Edith Dalton James, Eves-McKenzie decided to step away from the classroom for other pursuits.

But during the 10 years away from the classroom her love for teaching never waned, and she continued to provide support for students.

“I did not leave the profession totally, because I travelled around the island with the team that was adjudicating the inter-schools’ debating competitions,” she said. “I also did a stint with the Children’s Own, where I went into schools and helped to train the teachers on how to use the (publication) in language teaching, so I was not totally away from it.” She would eventually return to the field of education in January 1994 as principal of Dunrobin High School.



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University of Technology, Jamaica



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