The Joe Hartman school would not be able to function without the wonderful, hardworking staff the school is lucky to have. This week, I'd like to start off by featuring the school principal, or directora as we say here in La Romana, Lucretia Roxer. As the principal, she is charge of overseeing student's education and discipline as well as the staff; providing them with whatever resources they might need. Lucretia also has two kids that are enrolled at Joe Hartman, Ailyn Michelle Roxer and Renald Jean Louis. She began working at the Joe Hartman school in 2015. Her close proximity to the school and her love of kids is what drove her to become the principal of the school. Living in the neighborhood gives her better knowledge of how life in the barrio is and makes her more aware of the sometimes harsh realities that occur, allowing her to handle situations in a more efficient manner. She meets with parents on a regular basis to assess home life, how to better serve the children, and to provide parents with the resources to help their children succeed. Lucrecia studied education with a concentration in teaching calligraphy. Her favorite subject in school is social studies because it talks about the history of the Dominican Republic which is very important to her. When she is not at school, she likes to reflect on things and go for walks with her kids. One of her favorite Bible passages is Lucas 1:37 which says "Porque para Dios no hay nada imposible" or "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (KJV). This quote reflects the type of woman Lucretia is: resilient and determined; she does not let an unfortunate event bring her down, instead she trusts in God and finds a way to make things work.
Look out for next week's post about another of the great teachers that serves the community in la Beraca (Kilometer 6)