At a time when the territory is facing a dramatic shortage of educators, six new principals have recently been appointed to lead public schools around the territory, government announced last week.

The new principals are NaTasha Marshall at the Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division; Ashkisha Maduro at Ebenezer Thomas Primary School; Janelle Rhymer at Leonora Delville Primary; Magdalene Alister at Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre; and Akima Powell at Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary.

Additionally, Candice Bolondia-Fraites was appointed assistant principal at Enis Adams Primary.

Deputy Chief Education Officer Orlandette Crabbe said the appointments are part of the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports’ ongoing efforts to strengthen the leadership in the territory’s public schools.

“The ministry would like to congratulate the appointees and extends thanks to all those who applied for the positions,” she said. “Continue to pursue your passion in education, expand your experience, and apply innovative ideas, as this will undoubtedly raise the bar, foster greater transformation in the education sector, and contribute to the success of education in the Virgin Islands.”