Mrs. Hilaria Renee Girard served the education system in different capacities for thirty seven years. Her initial experience was at the Sans Souci Government School. She successfully completing her two year teacher training programme at the Saint Lucia Teachers’ College, and her outstanding performance was rewarded by the government of Saint Lucia, as she was awarded the scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree in History and Social Studies with Education at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus from 1981 to 1984. Upon completion of her studies, she served a four year stint at the Entrepot Junior Secondary School as teacher of History and Social Studies.
From September 1988, Mrs. Girard began her illustrious career of significantly shaping future Social Studies teachers on the island of Saint Lucia, when she was employed as Lecturer at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Division of Teacher Education and Educational Administration. During her tenure at the Sir Arthur Lewis community college, she also served as lecturer of Sociology to First Year Nursing students. Her expertise in Social Studies and History was also sought when she served as lecturer in Foundations of New World History to students enrolled at the University of the West Indies’ Continuing Education department. Mrs. Girard also served as Supervisor to students pursuing the UWIDITE Certificate in Education programme, and majoring in Social Studies/Geography Education.
In 1998, Mrs. Girard successfully completed her Master of Education degree at the University of Bristol, majoring in Social Studies Education. Her passion for teaching and Social Studies education are well documented by her students and fellow faculty alike. Her very vivacious personality was notably alive in all her classes and she did indeed model authentic Social Studies teaching.
Mrs. Girard has had the distinction of serving under five Deans at the Division of Teacher Education and Educational Administration: Lusca Theophilus (RIP), Raymonde Joseph, Martina Augustin, Sheila Constantine and now Anthony Felicien. She was one who was noted to shoulder her responsibilities at work admirably. Her contribution to quality teacher education is forever documented in the history of the Division of Teacher Education and Educational Administration, and she leaves behind thousands of trained teachers who have been exposed to quality teaching and whose own classroom practices are guided by what was so skilfully imparted by Mrs. Hilaria Renee Girard.
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