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More Leadership Positions Filled In Education

August 21, 2005 – V.I. students returning to school at the end of this month might not notice it, but the leadership at the Education Department has changed considerably. Gov. Charles W. Turnbull on Aug. 16 announced his appointment of Dr. Emily Carter as the insular superintendent for the St. Thomas-St. John district. She replaced William L. Frett, who retired.
Turnbull then announced this week that he has appointed Lisa Hassell-Forde, the assistant principal of Lockhart Elementary School, to be the next deputy insular superintendent of schools for the St. Thomas-St. John district.
Forde will immediately assume the position vacated by Carter.
Turnbull said in a press release, "I am pleased that Mrs. Forde has accepted this new assignment."
According to the release from the governor's office, Forde has been the assistant principal of Lockhart Elementary School since 1999, serving one year as acting principal during her tenure. She also taught at Charlotte Amalie High School for 14 years. Forde holds a master's degree in educational administration from the University of the Virgin Islands and a bachelor's degree in English from the then College of the Virgin Islands.
"I thank Mrs. Forde for her willingness to serve the children of the Virgin Islands, in this capacity and I am confident that she will make valuable contributions in her new position," Turnbull said.
On the heels of that appointment the governor announced that Dr. Anya C. Sebastien will be assistant commissioner of education effective Aug. 29.
She previously worked as associate provost of St. Petersburg College in Florida. She served there as academic and student support services officer, directed internal strategic initiatives, and administered the academic instructional budget.
She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., a master's degree in special education from the University of Miami, and a doctorate degree in higher education administration from George Washington University, She began her career in education as a special education teacher at the Peace Corps Elementary School. She also taught at the University of the Virgin Islands as an assistant professor of education.
"We are delighted that Dr. Sebastien has decided to return home and help lead the charge in ensuring we have the best education system possible for out most valuable resource, our children," Turnbull said in a press release.
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