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High school director of education pens down in style

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Celebrant’s husband, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye (left); the celebrant, Mrs. Caroline Anike Akinfeleye at her pen down ceremony.<br />

The Principal and Director of Education, Mende Junior High School Maryland Lagos, Education District 11, Mrs. Caroline Anike Akinfeleye has bowed out of Lagos State Public Service, putting down her pen at a meritorious statutory retirement ceremony held recently in Lagos.

Mrs. Akinfeleye, who started her teaching career with the Lagos State Service on November 24, 1983 as a classroom teacher at C.M.S Grammar School Bariga, has come a long way with unparalleled job experiences and achievements in her chosen field.

The educationist is known for her distinct input in the education sector and was celebrated for a lifetime job well done by colleagues, well wishers, friends and family as they all gathered around her to appreciate her tireless efforts with gifts and accolades.

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Addressing newsmen at the event, Mrs. Akinfeleye said she is highly inspired, elated and joyous despite the fact that the journey hasn’t been a very easy it was filled with new challenges everyday.

“Sometimes you just want to give up but when you look at the students you’ve nurtured and are still looking up to you, then you don’t have any other option than to continue.

“Also the fulfillment you feel when your students credit you outside, and appreciate you for making them who they have become, you just get inspired all over again. Sometimes you get assisted in certain places and circumstances just because you’re a teacher, so all that is enough fulfillment,” she said.

The retired Educator advised other teachers to be focused, as there is no job that is void of task.

“The fulfillment you get in making the high and mighty of the society as a teacher is unparalleled. Learn from the true nature of helping one another and grooming them,” she said.

Expressing his gratitude to God and congratulating his wife for a safe landing, Professor Ralph Akinfeleye said his wife is a consummate go-getter who is religiously committed and dedicated to both academic and professional excellence. “She is a wonderful woman of virtue who acquired necessary knowledge and resources needed to make the great educator she is today.

“It is a smooth touch-down for a woman of substance, highly disciplined, cerebral, dutiful, beautiful, committed educator and a seasoned administrator of the year. It was a long journey of 35-years; the take off was smooth and now a safe landing for her. The children and myself feel very blessed to have her. The children are outside the country and have been calling every minute as though they are here participating in this momentum pen down and meritorious statutory retirement of their mother,” he said.


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