Major leadership skills
“My greatest pleasure is seeing children achieve as much as they can,” says Vernest Mack, who taught in Antigua primary school classrooms for over 26 years and served as a primary school Principal for 15 years. “My goal is to help children become as literate as possible, while educating them on the importance of literacy in everyday living.” As well as being a leader (nine years as president of the Teachers Union, and president of the Antigua/Barbuda Trade Union Congress) Vernest is a community activist, a counselor, and a motivational speaker. Well-connected and respected in the education system, she enjoys sharing literacy-raising strategies with educators at primary schools and high schools. As a Hands Literacy Link, Vernest is focused on developing active school libraries—books being checked out, read by students regularly, and taught with by teachers.