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Special Envoy’s Wonder Woman is Exemplary educator, Juanita Cadle

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2023. 10:12 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Special Envoy for the development of families and children, Rossana Briceno features outstanding Belizean women making a difference in Belize every week.

Today’s feature is on educator, Juanita Cadle.

Juanita is an educator at heart. She has been in the education system for the past 28 years as a general education teacher, special education teacher and is currently serving as a Special Education Officer at the Special Education Unit in Belize City.

As an Education Officer, her current responsibilities include conducting Comprehensive Educational Assessments for students with special needs (SN), as well as visiting schools to provide student, teacher and school support.

Juanita also conducts professional development training for teachers in special classrooms/schools and general education classrooms/inclusive settings to equip them with best practices to help students succeed.

In her years of service at the Special Education Unit, Juanita has worked in all the districts serving persons with disabilities in different capacities.

Juanita holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida. 

She also completed a one year Fellowship Program specializing in Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College during the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

While at Vanderbilt, she focused on special education courses and she developed a community impact plan with the intent and desire to serve, assist and make positive impacts in the community of which she is a part.

Juanita’s efforts in the area of public service, is motivated by her sincere hope for increased sensitization, appreciation, respect and value for persons with disabilities in her community.

Juanita believes that, “We cannot help everyone but everyone can help someone,” (Ronald Reagan).

Since her return from the fellowship, Juanita has joined her colleagues at work and her Belizean Humphrey fellows and Optimist Club Belize to continue to volunteer by reaching out and providing support to a wider population of minority groups especially persons with disabilities and their families, in the community.

Juanita has also served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Belize for 6 years. She believes that her experience and exposure both as a professional and a mother of 3 daughters has added tremendously to her role as an educator, public servant and advocate to strengthen the area of special education in Belize.

Juanita proudly comes from a family of educators.

Her father’s value for education pushed her to aim higher, with an ardent desire to learn more and to serve especially the vulnerable and at risk populations.

In addition, her mother’s passion for teaching greatly influenced Juanita, as she saw her at work as a teacher for all her life.

With this background, she believes that parents are their children’s first teacher, first advocate and their voice until they can learn to speak and do for themselves.


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