A young Guyanese teacher is valedictorian at USC – Guyana newsroom
The first Guyanese valedictorian at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) is Calvern Haywood, a mother of one and teacher.
Haywood, a native of Kolkata, Mahaicony in Region Five, earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education after studying for three years.
She told the newsroom that she was setting the bar for her young daughter who inspired her to complete her education.
“I wanted to establish an academic bar for my daughter and also my family by extension.
“I always figured if I made it to step one it would propel her to step two, so setting high standards for her was very important to me,” Haywood shared in an interview.
The program took place entirely online and it is essential to note that Haywood is also the first extension student to be valedictorian.
“To be the first student from an extension site and from Guyana to receive such an honor shows that we have a lot of potential in our communities and it is also a testament to others who may not have the best support system, the best financial situation or even the best life plan for themselves just to start, you will reach the finish line,” Haywood told the newsroom.
Haywood, who received her secondary education from President’s College, is a teacher at the Novar Nursery School in Mahaicony and had to juggle her family life and work while studying.
“Then, towards the end, I was assigned to mentor a new teacher at my school.”
But the support of Haywood’s fiancé and others close to her kept her going.
“I learned to manage my time between work, family and academic demands by planning and planning everything. At school, I got to work as soon as I entered.
“Coming home, I was taking care of chores and taking care of my daughter the best way I knew how before logging in to class,” Haywood shared.
She enrolled in college less than a month after deciding to continue her education.
“I chose USC because they don’t always focus on academics, they also help build your character.”
Haywood now aims to pursue her postgraduate degree in Literacy Studies or Curriculum Design through the Guyana Online Academy of Learning and then pursue her Masters.