Our Community - Roxani Kay - "Maintaining the standards and a tradition of education"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 3            January 24, 2002

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Roxani Kay

It has been said that to teach is to touch lives. Educators throughout the world strive to make a difference in the lives of their students. Helping pupils reach their desired goal is enough of a reward for these people we call teachers. Although teachers play a crucial role in the lives of their students, proper supervision and administration of a learning institution is imperative. It is with that in mind that we are pleased to feature the principal of the San Pedro Roman Catholic School - Mrs. Roxani Cruz Kay. 

    On January 27th, 1970 Sonia Cruz and Sotero Cruz celebrated the birth of the first of their five children whom they named Roxani Cruz. Roxani was raised in the picturesque fishing village of Sarteneja and attended the Sarteneja Roman Catholic School where both her parents were teachers. It was this, she says that influenced her to become a teacher from a very young age. After completing her primary education, Roxani moved to Orange Walk and attended Muffles College. During her time at college, Roxani's desire to become a teacher increased and soon after graduation, she joined the Special Education Unit at Xavier School in Corozal. There, she worked with fifteen "special" mentally and physically handicapped children for a period of two years. She fondly recalls these teaching days as some of the best moments of her life. Working with these children entailed instruction in the main subjects such as math and English, as well as daily life skills. She enjoyed this work so much that she decided to receive more training. To accomplish this she moved to Belize City where she literally lived among handicapped children for a period of three months at the Stella Marris School. Upon her return to Corozal, with her newly acquired knowledge and experience she was promoted to Supervisor of the Special Education Unit at Xavier School; a position she held for one year.

     Following her childhood dream to become a certified teacher, Roxani sat the First Class Teacher's Exam in 1989 and passed with flying colors. She then moved to Belize City where she attended Teacher's College for two years before transferring to San Pedro to complete her required one-year internship at San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS). The time she spent in San Pedro was enough to convince Mrs. Kay that this was the place she wanted to call home. After her graduation from Teacher's College she permanently relocated to the island and was hired as a teacher at SPRCS. To continue her education, Roxani Kay made it a point to attend educational workshops and seminars every year. Her commitment to education did not go unnoticed and after five years as a SPRCS teacher, she was promoted to Vice Principal. Only two years later, Roxani Kay was promoted to principal. "I accepted the post of principal because I felt I could make a difference in the school. To be truthful, at the beginning I was not sure how I was going to accomplish this, but by concentrating on the well-being of the children and the future of the school, positive things started to happen naturally," stated Principal Kay.

    Principal Kay has been presented with many awards because of her dedication to promoting educational standards in San Pedro. During her free time Mrs. Kay enjoys reading Steven King novels. She is also the mother of two children (Josean and Deandra), a joyous result of her marriage to George Kay on December 21st, 1990.

    It has been ten years since Mrs. Kay first stepped foot inside the SPRCS and through her determination and hard work on behalf of the entire student body, she has managed to bring this school to new heights. She has followed in her parents footsteps and maintained a family tradition by "holding high the torch of learning" in "Our Community."

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