Atlantic Caribbean Union

New Principal Appointed at Grand Bahama Academy

New Principal Appointed at Grand Bahama Academy
photo- Ruth Rolle
When Grand Bahama Academy opened its doors to the new school year on September 1, 2014, it began with a new principal at its helm. Mrs. Ruth Rolle, a veteran educator with over 40 years experience, will provide leadership to the more than 250 students and 25 staff members of the 31-year old institution. Grand Bahama Academy, located in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, is one of the four schools within the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU). It is owned and operated by the North Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Recently, Mrs. Rolle along with other educators from ATCU attended the second
teachers’ congress sponsored by the education department of the Inter-American Division (IAD). The four-day event, which was held in Riviera Maya, Mexico, brought together over one thousand participants which included university presidents, union and local field presidents, education directors, principals, and selected teachers from across the IAD.
During the meetings, Libna Stevens, associate communication director of IAD, interviewed Mrs. Rolle. In the interview, Mrs. Rolle affirmed her commitment for teaching and her philosophy of education.
Below is an excerpt of the interview as recorded by Libna Stevens of IAD:
For Ruth Rolle of Grand Bahama, Bahamas, teaching has been a passion for more than 40 years. She’s taught first grade at Grand Bahama Academy, a K-12 grade Adventist school, for decades and just recently was appointed as the principal of the school.
Out of all her years as a teacher, she taught three years for the Bahamas government, and has always had the mission and vision of Adventist education clear in her mind.
“Teaching is such an awesome responsibility because we are training kids and preparing them for eternity,” said Rolle.
Rolle saw the school being built some 30 years ago and smiles as she recalls the hundreds of children whom she taught. The school, she said, has some 250 students and two-thirds are non-Seventh-day Adventists. She has seen many children come through the school who have questions about God, and knows how important her role as a minister of
the gospel is in the classroom. Rolle sees the challenge of retaking the vision of Adventist education for teachers who have been educating in the Adventist school system and the new teachers who join and may not realize how crucial understanding that vision and mission of Adventist education is.