First Published: 5th of October, 2021 by Patrick Carpen.Last updated: November 7, 2023 at 20:19 pm
For teacher’s day 2021 – October, 5th, we had the honor of featuring one of Guyana’s most outstanding veteran educators – a young man by the name of Kenrick Lewis who has touched the hearts of thousands of people and impacted countless lives throughout his 29-year long ongoing career. He is presently the Headmaster of St. Ignatius Secondary in St. Ignatius Village, Region 9, Guyana, South America.
Mr. Kenrick Lewis was born over 40 years ago at the Georgetown Hospital in Region 4, Guyana, South America to Henry and Juliet Lewis, and he grew up on what he describes as the “beautiful island of Wakenaam” which is located in the mouth of the Essequibo River.” Kenrick describes his father as a really hard working person and his mother as an inspiration and one of the most caring persons on earth.
Kenrick’s education began at Maria’s Pleasure Nursery and Primary Schools in Wakenaam and then advanced to the Essequibo Islands Secondary School where he graduated with 7 CSEC subjects in the year 1995. After high school, the young Lewis started his career in teaching as a TQM (Temporary Qualified Master), and in 1997 he started pursuing a Trained Teacher’s Certificate at the Cyril Potter’s College of Education where he majored in Mathematics and graduated with flying colors in the year 2000.
In 2002, Kenrick Lewis was awarded a Government of Guyana scholarship to study Physical Education and Sports in Cuba where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in the year 2007. In 2008, he started working as a lecturer at the Cyril Potter’s College of Education in Georgetown, and by 2010, he had completed an Education Management Course offered by NCERD.
Move to the Rupununi
In the year 2008, the accomplished and successful Kenrick Lewis met the woman of his dreams – Mrs. Faye Ann Lewis – who at that time was a teacher at the Arapaima Nursery School In Lethem, Region 9. The two dated for two years and got married in 2010. This is what compelled Mr. Lewis to relocate to the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana – where he now owns his own home at Culvert City, not too far from the Lethem Airport. He lives at his recently constructed home in Culvert City with his beloved wife, their adopted daughter, Anna Jose, and their biological son, Lemuel Lewis.
Upon arriving in the Rupununi, Mr. Lewis took up employment at the St. Ignatius Secondary School as the Head of the Mathematics Department. He subsequently started acting as the Deputy Headmaster and was appointed in the year 2014. In 2020, he was appointed as the Headmaster – a position he currently holds and enjoys tremendously despite the many challenges that come with such a position.
Throughout his life, Kenrick says, he was inspired by many outstanding Guyanese teachers – such as Jaidat Persuad, Moses Ramnarine, Chandraka Balgobin, Lenny Mohammed, Seewchand Jewnandan, “teacher Aftab,” and Pamela Thomas…just to name a few. Teacher Aftab, he says, always promoted heath and wellness, and this is something he can relate to since, in addition to being a Mathematics major, he is also a Physical Education teacher and graduate from Cuba.
Visions for a Brighter Future
Mr. Kenrick Lewis has many great ideas and dreams for improving the education system in general, but especially in the Rupununi – a place where he says he feels comfortable and is happy to call his home. One example of this is the classroom sponsorship program where businessmen, or other people who could afford it, sponsor a classroom. By sponsoring a classroom, your name is assigned to the classroom and you help to upgrade and upkeep it. The “Sponsor a Classroom” program is often advertised on social media and other forms of media accessible to the school. On this note, Mr. Lewis would like to thank St. Ignatius businessman, Mr. Ken Grant, for being the first person to have sponsored a classroom at the St. Ignatius Secondary School – in addition to making various other contributions to the school, and having been proactively involved in helping to develop the school.
Aside from evangelical outreaches, Kenrick also enjoys playing cricket, swimming, and walking for exercise. He advises that walking is one of the “best exercises ever” since it places less stress on the joints and conditions the body gradually.