JASMIN WALKIN APPOINTED AS EDUCATION OFFICER – SPECIAL NEEDS

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jasmin Walkin as the new Education Officer for Special Needs within the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services.

The Education Officer – Special Needs position is a managerial position that is required to study the educational needs of students to assist in developing plans to meet their special needs and to consult with principals and others on the need for curriculum changes and resources in order to accommodate these needs.  In addition to conducting regular visits to schools to develop, monitor and evaluate programs and services, the post holder is also required to conduct special training and other sessions in order to assist in helping persons to meet their developmental goals.

Mr. Walkin is a previous Valedictorian of the Raymond Gardiner High School and holds a Bachelors of Education Degree specializing in History and Geography from the College of the Bahamas and a Master of Science Degree in Education specializing in Education Leadership from Walden University.  Mr. Walkin has been an educator for 11 years, 10 of which was dedicated to the public service as the Remedial Reading Teacher at the Raymond Gardiner High School where he worked to develop various accommodative and assistance programs at that school and also served as a Head of an Academic Department for six years. 

Commenting on his recent appointment Mr. Walkin said;  “Most people only get one chance at making a significant contribution to something that they love. However, I have been given a second chance to make a positive impact in the field of education. Moreover, this role makes me responsible for the supervision and implementation of the TCI Special Education Policy; an area that is a passion of mine because of my physical limitations and experiences as a student needing special accommodations and my ability to overcome my challenges to presently serve as a senior education official in my country.

“I am looking forward to serving in this role as I would have an opportunity to bring more awareness to the development of Special Education in the TCI, carry out needs assessments, make necessary recommendations to the Ministry for further enhancement, oversee the successful implementation of the Special Education Policy and finally contribute to an environment where other special needs students would be able to have a success story similar or ever better than mine.” 

Deputy Governor Anya Williams said;  “It is with great pleasure and also a sense of pride that I welcome Mr. Jasmin Walkin back to the civil service and also congratulate him on his new role.  Having had the opportunity to interact with Mr. Walkin throughout his years at the Raymond Gardiner High School, his personal experiences and passion for education and for the area of special needs makes him by far the best person for this role and we are fully confident that not only will he do his best, but that he will work tirelessly to transform the way that we seek to meet special needs within our education sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Congratulations and Welcome Back Jas!”