Monday, 15 August 2011

ESTHER'S NEW DAY: Writing projects, family will occupy Tyson in retirement

WONDER WOMAN: Tyson has writing on the mind.

Well-known educator Esther Tyson is closing a chapter of her illustrious career. After more than a decade in the principal's chair at Ardenne High, a period in the institution's history marked by notable academic triumphs and cultural excellence, the beloved Iron Lady of Ardenne Road is entering retirement.

Tyson, who has earned renown for her fierce approach to education and social mores and penchant for a mix of nurture, spirituality and discipline, goes on pre-retirement leave at the end of the month and full retirement at the end of September.

"It's early retirement. I decided I needed to be more flexible for my family, and I have other things I need to do," she recently told the Sunday Gleaner. "I believe life comes in seasons, and I think it is time for me to go into another season of my life."

Among her retirement plans? Throwing herself into writing. "I know I want to write. I have a number of writing projects that I want to do," she said. "I am going to do some online tutoring to keep my hands in there, and also some projects with the Ministry of Education. And I have more work to do with church."

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