Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2023. 3:04 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On September 13, 2023, the Government of Belize honored 25 distinguished persons at this year’s Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremony.
Lead educator Thomas Oliver was honored for his contributions to education in Belize.
Thomas was born in Burrell Boom to William and Rosalie Oliver, on August 2, 1954.
At age 17, Thomas started teaching. Most of his 49-year career was spent as an educator at the Burrell Boom Methodist School, where he completed his primary education and Wesley College. He also taught at the University of Belize and at St. John’s Junior College.
Thomas graduated from the Belize Teachers Training College in 1979 and, in October of that same year, he started teaching at Wesley College. While there, he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education English, on a scholarship from the board of management.
After 15 years at Wesley College as a teacher and Head of the General Studies Department, he returned to Burrell Boom Methodist School as a teacher.
In 1997, he was appointed principal of Burrell Boom Methodist School, a position which he held for 8 years before returning to the classroom.
A year later, he completed his Master of Education degree with emphasis in Educational Leadership. In 2009, he once again took on the role of principal for five years before returning to Wesley College.
After almost five decades of teaching, Oliver left the profession in 2020.
Notably, during his tenure at Burrell Boom Methodist, Oliver wrote and produced “Lang Lip Frenk,” a play for which he was awarded “most outstanding drama teacher” and the school won gold for “best dramatic production” at the 2001 Festival of the Performing Arts.
He is married to Teresita Oliver and together they have 3 children.
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