Paul Adams

Mr. Adams, a distinguished educator, is the current Principal of the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay and a proud past student of Newell High School in St. Elizabeth. Mr. Adams has been serving on the Board of the JTA Co-operative Credit Union for several years. He was appointed to the post of Assistant Treasurer of the Board in 2003, and in November 2015 Mr. Adams was elected to serve as President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Adams is a two time Past President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).

Position: President of the Board of Directors

Fitz Carr

Fitz Carr embarked on a teaching career in 1973 at the Savanna-La-mar Secondary School, but between the years 1984 and 1988 he stepped away from the classroom and worked as an Insurance Sales Agent. Mr. Carr earned qualification as a Social Worker from the University of the West Indies and 2002 began a new career as a Probation Officer in the Department of Correctional Services. Mr. Carr presently serves on the Board of Directors of the JTA Co-op Credit Union as the 1st Vice-President, a position he has held since May 2012.

Position: 1st Vice President

Morris Stewart

Mr. Stewart is the 2nd Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the JTA Credit Union. He is an Educator who has spent his entire career in the education sector. In 1967 he began teaching at the Brandon Hill All Age as a classroom teacher. Through the years he received several promotions and ended up serving as school principal. In 1993, Mr. Stewart left the formal classroom setting and began working with the Ministry of Education as an Education Officer. In 1994 Mr. Stewart was elected to serve on the Board of Directors, of the JTA Co-op Credit Union Ltd., he holds a Teachers’ Certificate from the Mico Teachers’ College a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of the West Indies.

Position: 2nd Vice-President

Cyril Lebert

Mr. Lebert is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the JTA Co-op Credit Union. Prior to serving in this post Mr. Lebert served as a Director on the Board of the JTA Credit Union. A graduate of the Mico Teachers’ College and the University of the West Indies, Mr. Cyril Lebert began his teaching career in 1958 when he worked at the Mt. Vernon All-Age as a Classroom Teacher. In 1975 he became the Vice-Principal of the Trinityville Primary and by 1979 he was Principal of the Pembroke Hall Primary. He left that position to assume the role of Administration Officer at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).

Position: Treasurer

Patrick Smith

In 1994, Mr. Patrick Smith was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the JTA Co-op Credit Union and since then he has served in several positions; first as Director, then as 2nd Vice-President and now serves as Secretary of the Board. Mr. Smith began teaching in 1967 and taught until 2000 when he was seconded from his post as Lecturer at the Church Teachers’ College to the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA). Mr. Smith holds a Trained Teacher Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the West Indies, he also holds an Executive MBA from Barry University.

Position: Secretary

Ena Barclay

Ena Barclay began a teaching career in her home Parish of Westmoreland where she taught at the Sheffield All-Age School. Since then she has taught at the Trinityville Secondary School and Lyssons Primary, she also served as Principal of the Lyssons Primary School. Mrs. Barclay is a graduate of the Shortwood Teachers’ College and the University of the West Indies. In 1999 she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the JTA Co-op Credit Union.

Position: Assistant Secretary

Fergus Mitchell

Fergus Mitchell is originally from the Parish of St. Elizabeth, where he began his teaching career as a Pre-Trained Teacher in 1968. Mr. Mitchell earned his teaching qualification from the Mico Teachers’ College and has held several teaching positions over the years. Mr. Mitchell is a retired Principal of the Lower Buxton All-Age School, and now serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of the JTA Credit Union since 2001.

Position: Director

Lincoln James

Mr. James hails from the Parish of Hanover where he was first introduced to teaching at the Jericho Primary School when he worked as a Pre-Trained Teacher. After gaining qualification as a Trained Teacher Mr. James became the Principal of Irwin Hill All Age. By 1976, he graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Education Degree and in 1987 accepted a post at Mouldon Secondary as the Vice-Principal of that school. In 1992, Mr. James became the Principal of the Howard Cooke Primary School – a position from which he has since retired. He also holds a Master’s in Education Degree from the Central Connecticut State University, and was elected and appointed to the Board of Directors of the JTA Credit Union in 2001.

Position: Executive Director

Karen Hewett-Kennedy

Mrs. Hewett-Kennedy, is a Director of the Board of the JTA Co-op Credit Union Ltd. Mrs. Hewett-Kennedy began her teaching career at the Bridgeport High School in 1978, throughout the years she progressed moving from teacher to Vice-Principal and finally serving as Principal. She resigned from the post of principal at the Bridgeport High School to assume the position of Principal at the Portmore Community College- a position from which she has since retired. Mrs. Hewett-Kennedy is a graduate of the Mico Teachers’ College and the University of the West Indies. In 2013 Mrs. Hewett-Kennedy received the Order of Distinction in the field of education.

Position: Director

Ray Howell

Mr. Howell began his teaching career at the Grateful Hill Primary school where he
taught between the years of 1972 and 1985. In 1985, he accepted a teaching post at the Drews
Avenue Primary. Mr. Howell retired from the teaching profession after several years as the
Principal of the Edith Dalton James High School. Mr. Howell holds a teaching Diploma from the
Mico Teachers’ College as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Diploma in Business
Administration and a Master of Science Degree from the University of the West Indies. Mr.
Howell was elected to the Board of Directors of the JTA Co-op Credit Union in 2004. Mr.
Howell is a 2013 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Services in
Education.

Position: Director

Lou-Ann Bramwell-Shakes

Mrs Bramwell-Shakes is a Teacher-Librarian at the Hayes
Primary & Junior High School. She began her teaching career at the Kemps Hill High School where she taught as a teacher & netball coach. A graduate of the Bethlehem Teachers College Mrs. Bramwell-Shakes also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the Central Connecticut State University. She was elected to serve on the Board of the JTA Co-op Credit Union on May 4, 2013.

Position: Director

Margaret Bailey

An award winning educator Dr. Margaret Bailey has over 30 years teaching experience and is presently the principal of the Rollington Town Primary School. Dr. Bailey was born and raised in the parish of St. Ann, where she attended Runaway Bay All- Age School and the Prestigious St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School. She relocated to Kingston in 1980 to attend St Joseph’s Teachers’ College. Dr Bailey holds a PhD degree in Educational Psychology, with highest Commendation: A Masters Degree in Educational Psychology with Distinction and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History with Honours from the University of the West Indies.  In 2004, Dr. Bailey was awarded a Research Fellowship to the University of Alberta, Canada, where she successfully completed intensive training in how to conduct qualitative Research.

Dr. Bailey has been a teacher for 32 years and presently works at Rollington Town, where she has been its Principal since 1999.

Position: Asst. Treasurer

Lebert Drysdale

Mr. Drysdale is the Regional Officer, Secondary Supervision, Region II in Portland in the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information. He has worked in the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Teaching Council as Education Officer. He has Acted as the Senior Vice
Principal and Vice Principal at Happy Grove High School and a Lecturer of the Mico University College.

Mr. Drysdale has served on many committees both from his past schools and the Ministry of Education. He served as President and Vice President of Seaside Basic School P.T.A. and as a Treasurer at Happy Grove High School. He is involved in his community and presently serves
as President of Fairy Hill Estate Citizens Association from 2009. He is a Minister of Religion at United Pentecostal Church.

Mr. Drysdale holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Teaching at Mico University College and the U.W.I respectively. He has been trained as a School Inspector in the field of Information Technology Level 1.
Mr. Lebert Drysdale was elected to serve on the Board of Directors in 2017.

Position: Director

Melva Humes-Johnson

Melva Humes-Johnson is currently employed at Iona High School a position she has held since 2000, she has served in various capacities such as Senior Teacher, Head of Disciplinary Committee, Vice Principal, Acting Principal and now Principal.

She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Sheffield, Bachelor Degree in Educational Administration from University of the West Indies, Certificate for Effective Principal from National College of Educational Leadership (NCEL) and a Diploma in Primary Education from Moneague College.

Mrs. Humes Johnson has served on many committees such as:

  • President of JTA West St. Mary District Association for 2 years
  • JTA Parish President for St. Mary
  • Participated in the President Elect Campaign for JTA in 2012
  • Chairman of PAC, JTA,
  • Chairman of the Secondary Schools, JTA,

Position: Director