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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: A lady is now in charge of St. John’s College’s four divisions, including the all-boys’ high school.Mirtha Peralta SJC

Mrs. Mirtha Peralta, an alumna of the junior college division of the institution, has been appointed the first female President of SJC, replacing Andrew Lopez.

She previously taught at San Pablo Community School in Orange Walk, Pallotti High School in Belize City and Muffles College (High School) in Orange Walk between 1995 and 2003 before briefly teaching at SJC High School and then transferring to the Junior College as lecturer and chair of the business department. Since 2009 she has been first Assistant Dean, then Acting Dean and most recently Dean of the Junior College.

Mrs. Peralta earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from the former University College of Belize. She completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in the United States in 2002.

A press release from the school says, quote, “During her teaching years, Mrs. Peralta earned her distinction as a remarkably devoted, caring and personal teacher, always displaying an eagerness to embrace and live the Jesuit ideal of service to others…Her participation in various committees and associations connected to her administrative charges, including her involvement in proceedings of the Board of Trustees in collaboration with the Headmaster of the High School Division, has enabled her grasp of the challenge, excitement, pride, and joy of the work of service in the Jesuit tradition.”

BMG extends its congratulations to Mrs. Peralta.

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