Did you know Nahdjla Carasco Bailey is the author of the first poetry text book for schools?
Nahdjla is a graduate of the Wellington Teacher’s College in New Zealand where she attained her teaching diploma; a graduate of the Mona Campus in Jamaica, where she read for a degree in economics and she also obtained a master‘s degree from Stanford University, California in development education.
She has taught from St. Lucia to Jamaica, the Bahamas, England, New Zealand and Singapore. During her extensive teaching career, Nahdjla taught students from kindergarten to university level, as well as those who studied English as a second language.
Her first publication, “Time for Poetry”, published by Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd (1988), was used for many years throughout the archipelago and in Belize.
Nahdjla co-edited the St. Lucia National Trust publication, “Walking Iyanola on Pious Feet” – (1989), and was the 1993 winner of the Minvielle & Chastanent Fine Arts Literary Award for her collection of poems for children entitled “The Sunshine Tree.”
In 2010, she published an anthology entitled “Telling Tales from Saint Lucia” based on the themes of democracy, education and youth development. In that same year she was invited to present that work before the Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States.
Source: PIONEERS & FORERUNNERS St. Lucia’s First Ladies by Margot Thomas – 2012
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