Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online-Education

Education Session

This session will cover the many areas where Education impacts lives and communities throughout the Diaspora. This is a different look at what contributes to the strength of Education of students and Teachers

Speaker Bios


Dr. Dwayne Dyce is the chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force.  He is a graduate of St. Thomas University in Miami with a Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership and Management.  He is also a two-time graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and a Master of Education degree in Teaching and Learning.  His Bachelors of Education degree came from the Catholic College of Mandeville, Jamaica.  Dr. Dyce is a teacher and director of his in-school mentoring program in Washington, DC.  In addition to his contribution to the education sector, he is a motivational speaker on issues relating to school and community partnership, Innovative mindset, and Educational Leadership and culture.   He is a published author of the book: “To Sing Again”.  Dr. Dyce grew up in Jamaica.  He worked in various elementary schools in Jamaica before migrating to the US.  When he is not writing, teaching or speaking, he is spending time with his beautiful seven year old daughter, Juliana.

Ms. Lesleyann Samuel is the Vice Chair of the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force and, since 2014, the President of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc.  A leader of vision and passion, Lesleyann is  dedicated to enhancing education in Jamaica and to encouraging collaboration and growth for all organizations that she supports. Born in St. Andrew, Lesleyann has over 30 years of leadership experience in several non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of her alma mater – Immaculate Conception High School. Lesleyann has been employed in various leadership capacities in the telecommunications sector for the past 35+ years, and since 2001, has been an adjunct professor with University of Maryland Global Campus in the Business Management department.  She currently teaches Organizational Leadership. Lesleyann holds M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering – Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Kasan Troupe is the acting Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information with key responsibility for the successful operation of all public educational institutions in Jamaica. She is a graduate of The Mico Teachers’ College (now The Mico University College), having attained an Honours Diploma in Secondary Education.  She is the holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management, with First Class Honours, and a Master of Arts in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change, with distinction, both from the University of the West Indies (Mona).  She has a Doctor of Education in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University and also boasts certification in Project and Program Management, Monitoring and Control from Setym International of Canada, Financial Management in Schools from MIND, Financial Literacy for Students and Youth from the Commonwealth Secretariat, graduate of the Effective Principalship Programme at the National College for Educational Leadership and from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she pursued a certificate in Education Policy Implementation.  Her academic merits have resulted in her being inducted in the University of the West Indies Honours Society, the Golden Key International Honours Society, an award of a Scholarship from Jamaica National Education Foundation and The Mico College Award for Academics. A certified Leadership, Development and Performance Coach, Dr. Troupe is a recipient of the Governor General’s Program of Excellence Award for Leadership, the Junior Achievement Champion of Youth Award and is an appointed Ambassador for the Governor General’s I Believe Initiative. Dr Troupe has written publications in ProQuest, the Commonwealth Secretariat Magazine and the Commonwealth Secretariat Yearbook.  Capt. Dr. Troupe is the founder of Partners of Region One, a board member of the Nutrition Products Limited, the Overseas Examination Commission and a member of the Board of Directors for the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO.  A former Principal and Education Officer, Dr. Troupe has engaged in several international educational pursuits in China, France, Fiji, England, USA and in the Caribbean.  She is driven by the scripture verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, she is inspired by the success of those she serves and relaxes by dancing and enjoying a good joke.

Dr. Hansel Fletcher received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Walla Walla University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Temple University, School of Medicine.  He was a Research Associate at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia before being recruited to Loma Linda University in October 1995.  Dr. Fletcher is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs in the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University. He is also Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Basic Sciences, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He serves on several study panels for the National Institutes of Health and is currently Chair of the study section that evaluates grants for the training and development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  He serves on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals and is one of the Associate Editors for the Molecular Oral Microbiology journal.  Dr. Fletcher holds Adjunct professorships at Universities in the United States of America, India, China, South Korea and Jamaica. The 2015 Lifetime achievement award was conferred December 18, 2015, on Dr. Fletcher by the Indian Association of Applied Microbiologist. He received the President’s Medallion from Northern Caribbean University at their graduation commencement August 13, 2017. He served as President for the International Association for Dental Research Microbiology/Immunology scientific group from March 2017 – March 2020.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for the International Association for Dental Research.  As a scientist/educator/administrator from an underrepresented population, he has leveraged his experience to continue the development of a highly motivated people.  He has been involved and will continue to be aggressively engaged in faculty development and capacity building at our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and academic institutions throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, India, South Korea and Africa. Dr. Fletcher is married to Pauline Fletcher and they have 2 adult children who are currently medical students at Loma Linda University and University of Chicago.
Mr. Marvin Hall is the founder of Halls of Learning – an educational services company that provides engineering and robotics education in Jamaica and that serves over a dozen primary and secondary schools and more than 2000+ children annually.  Marvin has been at the forefront of STEAM education for more than a decade.  He developed the concept for “Robotics Stimul-I” in 2007 during a fellowship in the Digital Vision Program at Stanford University. In 2008 he launched the “Lego Yuh Mind” program in Kingston, Jamaica. Marvin is the recipient of many awards including being recognized as an ambassador for the Governor General’s I Believe Initiative in 2011, and by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica as one of Jamaica’s “50 Under 50” in 2012 – to name a few.  Lego Yuh Mind was also featured in UNICEF’s State of World’s Children Report in 2015, and in 2017 was the first Jamaican to receive the Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from the University of Rochester. In January 2018, Marvin coached and took a “Lego Yuh Mind – Makers” team of inner-city students to compete at the FIRST LEGO League Robotics championships in Pittsburgh and won the prize for “Elementary Excellence”.  In June 2018, Halls of Learning launched for the first time in Jamaica, the World Robot Olympiad, a global robotics competition for youth aged 10-19 years. He is a 1996 graduate of UWI (BSc, Computer Science and Mathematics), has a MSc in Educational & Training Systems Design from the University of Twente (1999), a post graduate diploma in Mathematics Education from UWI (2000) and completed a fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University (2007).
Mr. Seymour Mattis is an Educator, HR Consultant, Social Entrepreneur and Executive Director/Founder of VITAL Education, Enterprise & Training (VITAL EET).  VITAL EET Limited is an organisation that provides education and training for children, young people and adults in the UK since 2007, which is an extension of its supplementary school formed in 1998. Seymour is the Managing Director of IPEROL (International Professional Education Recruitment Organisation Limited) and is pivotal for recruiting Teachers and other professionals. He is the Chairman of Jamaica Education Taskforce UK, registered non-profit organisation in the UK and is the leading diaspora organisation in the UK for supporting holistic education in Jamaica with training in STEM, SEND, Curriculum Support, Youth Entrepreneurship and Resources. Seymour holds a BSc degree in Materials Science & Technology with expertise in metallography, welding technology, from Brunel University, Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE), Teacher & Lecturer of Science & Mathematics, Students’ Tutor involving Pastoral Care, Postgraduate Diploma in HR, Management and various other professional diplomas and certificates. He is a coach, trainer and mentor. His other roles include serving as an Officer on the Church and Pastor’s Council for over 8 years, National Executive Board Member & National Planning Team, National Convention Stewards Coordinator, Regional Coordinator and Local Men’s Director of the New Testament Church of God, UK. 

Ms. Carla Myrie is the President of the Jamaica Alumni Association of High Schools in Jamaica, and the Immediate Past President of the Hampton Old Girls Association.A product of the bread basket parish, St. Elizabeth, Carla has a passion for volunteerism.  She is a Human Resource Management professional with over 20 years in the field, with experience in both the private and public sectors in Jamaica. Her qualifications include a Bachelors of Science degree (Hon.) in Business Administration from the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the UTCH/JIM School of Advanced Management.

Mr. Gavin Samuels is the Affiliate Partner Representative for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) – Jamaica, a program whose mission is to promote Science and Technology by providing high school youths with a program that requires them to apply engineering principles in a competitive environment using robotics. Gavin is responsible for the execution of the FTC Programme which culminates in an annual National Championship where students come together and compete in the largest Robotics Tournament in the Caribbean! He also serves as Local Programme Manager for the FIRST Global Challenge (FGC) which brings high school students together from around the world to participate in an International tournament annually. Gavin is an IT Security Professional who has worked with the leading local Managed Services Provider (MSP) and currently works with a US based Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP). He is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Award for Excellence – International Achievement (2014) after representing Jamaica on multiple occasions and in multiple countries.

Mr. Donovan Wilson is the Vice President of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc., headquartered in New York City and the current President of the St. Elizabeth Technical High School Alumni Association – NY Chapter. Donovan has been a member of UJAA’s Board of Directors for the past five (5) years. He has a strong belief that education is key to a lifetime of success and achievement. He has been involved with non-profit organizations for over two decades and is passionate about giving back to his alma mater particularly in the field of education and track and field. Donovan is a corporate transportation professional and has worked in the transportation industry for over 20 years. He is a Vice President and the Global Transportation Manager at Barclays Bank and holds degrees in Corporate Communications and Industrial Psychology from Baruch College and the State University of New York. He is also a tax professional who is certified by both the Internal Revenue Service and New York State. 

Published by Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

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