(CMR) After 31 years of service to the Cayman Islands education system, Mrs. Gloria Bell has retired, effective 30 September 2022. On 21 September, the Department of Education Services (DES) held a farewell luncheon in honor of the education stalwart who gave years of dedicated service.
The afternoon was punctuated by heartfelt speeches and well wishes by DES and Ministry of Education team members and officials, including Acting Chief Officer Ms. Lyneth Monteith.Ms. Monteith lauded Mrs. Bell's willingness to go beyond the call of duty and the camaraderie she enjoyed with her colleagues.
“Mrs. Bell has contributed 31 years to the local education system, and we are a much better place for it. Her contributions have been many, but most significant among these are the many lives she has touched. That is the mark of a work-life well spent. Thank you very much, Mrs. Bell. Enjoy your retirement thoroughly,” DES Director Mr. Mark Ray commented.
In response to the warm wishes, Mrs. Bell responded, “The journey has been long, fruitful and fulfilling. Together, we have done a lot of work with our students here in the Cayman Islands and have seen growth and improvement.
“As I leave, I know you will continue to gain greater heights. I thank you all for the years of friendship, camaraderie, the hard work. I wish you all continued success,” she added.