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Iconic educator L. Adorothy Turnbull honoured

- with renaming of ESHS L-Shaped Building
Assisted by Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Leader of the Opposition Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), left, Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull looks on as the unveiling of the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, formerly ESHS L-Shaped Building, was done on September 6, 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) gives retired educator Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull ‘her flowers’, saying not often do you find an educator who has taught for 50 years and is still alive to share the moment with. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) gives retired educator Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull ‘her flowers’, saying not often do you find an educator who has taught for 50 years and is still alive to share the moment with. Photo: VINO
The newly refurbished L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, which will house junior school students of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) from September 9, 2019. Photo: VINO
The newly refurbished L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, which will house junior school students of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) from September 9, 2019. Photo: VINO
Newly appointed Principal of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), Ms Vanessa K. Garraway, (centre, in blue) cheers as retired educator Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull is honoured. Photo: VINO
Newly appointed Principal of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), Ms Vanessa K. Garraway, (centre, in blue) cheers as retired educator Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull is honoured. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) presents his former teacher Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull with a plaque on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands in recognition of her faithful service, loyalty and devotion to the education system of the territory. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) presents his former teacher Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull with a plaque on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands in recognition of her faithful service, loyalty and devotion to the education system of the territory. Photo: VINO
The cameras were all out to capture the historic occasion of the honouring of retired educator Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull on September 6, 2019. Photo: VINO
The cameras were all out to capture the historic occasion of the honouring of retired educator Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull on September 6, 2019. Photo: VINO
Some students of the class of 1997 at the unveiling of the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, which was done on September 6, 2019 at a ceremony that also served as the handover of the newly refurbished school building and Service of Thanksgiving on the second anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photo; VINO
Some students of the class of 1997 at the unveiling of the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, which was done on September 6, 2019 at a ceremony that also served as the handover of the newly refurbished school building and Service of Thanksgiving on the second anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photo; VINO
Some of the persons at the unveiling of the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, which was done on September 6, 2019 at a ceremony that also served as the handover of the newly refurbished school building and Service of Thanksgiving on the second anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photo; VINO
Some of the persons at the unveiling of the L. Adorothy Turnbull Building, which was done on September 6, 2019 at a ceremony that also served as the handover of the newly refurbished school building and Service of Thanksgiving on the second anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photo; VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was a teary moment for retired educator Ms L. Adorothy Turnbull as showers of gratitude were bestowed on her for her invaluable contribution to the education system in the Virgin Islands for some 50 years.

The crowning moment was the unveiling of the new name for the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-Shaped Building, which has been renamed L. Adorothy Turnbull Building.

The unveiling was done on September 6, 2019 at a ceremony that also served as the handover of the newly refurbished building and Service of Thanksgiving on the second anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Assisted by Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Leader of the Opposition Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) Ms Turnbull looked on as the unveiling was done, and again could not resist shedding a few more tears on the historic occasion.

50 years of service

Affectionately called ‘Ms T’, ‘Ms Turnbull’, ‘Tr Adorothy’ and ‘Aunt Adorothy’, the retired educator was described as a teacher, mentor, caregiver, life saver and mother to many.

Having served as an educator in the territory for five decades, Ms Turnbull started her career at the primary level in 1947 and spent 10 years at that level as a teacher and administrator and 40 years at the secondary level, at the Virgin Islands Secondary School and the BVI High School.

According to Acting Chief Education Officer Connie E. George, Ms Turnbull taught Home Economics and was head of Department for the subject. She was promoted to Assistant Principal of the BVI High School where she was responsible for pastoral affairs until her retirement in 1997.

Ms Turnbull also served as an examiner for CXC in the subject of Food and Nutrition.

She was further described as kind, calm, giving, embracing and willing to go beyond the call of duty to help. “She would make you feel comfortable when you came to talk to her, regardless of what it was about…she would remind you of your family line,” said Ms George, who hailed Ms Turnbull as a gem.

‘Honour is not mine’

In her emotional response that also had many wiping tears off their face, Ms Turnbull, as expected, was full of humility.

“This honour is not mine, it is my tutors, Honourable Wheatley (Education Minister) and all the students who passed through the school when I was there. This is your honour. Not mine,” Ms Turnbull said.

The retired educator also expressed thanks to God for this grace and mercy. “He has been walking with me and talking with me and I know that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that is what I want.”

To all the students who attended school during her time as a teacher and administrator, Ms Turnbull let them know, “Whatever I have done it was from my heart. I am satisfied that I have left the education system better than I met it in 1943.”

Irma took all previous awards

Following the unveiling, Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) presented Ms Turnbull with a plaque on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands in recognition of her faithful service, loyalty and devotion to the education system of the VI.

Ms Turnbull said she has had many awards from the Ministry of Education before “but they all went down two years ago so this one that I will appreciate very much.”

Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) then presented Ms Turnbull with a bouquet of flowers, saying not often do you find an educator who has taught for 50 years and is still alive to share the moment with.

Hon Fahie joked that the bouquet of flowers was so heavy that even Irma can’t blow it away.

The Premier, himself a former teacher, had earlier pointed out that it was fitting and by divine design that the 'L' Shaped Building was being renamed after 'L' Adorothy Turnbull.

14 Responses to “Iconic educator L. Adorothy Turnbull honoured”

  • Deserving (08/09/2019, 14:00) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    A humble lady and true teacher who touched the lives of many. Very deserving of this honour. Her name will live on for a long long time
    • reason (09/09/2019, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      There are two sides to a story of Ms Adorothy Turnbull. What you said you are entitled to your opinion.
  • 1 (08/09/2019, 14:07) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    very good decision
  • knowledge (08/09/2019, 15:22) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    So deserving for such a kind lady. I am a believer in giving people their flowers while they can smell them.
  • patriots (08/09/2019, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (16) Reply
    so no more elmore stoutte high school ???
  • The watchman (08/09/2019, 20:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well deserved and placed!
  • Interesting (09/09/2019, 08:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very interesting and maybe well thought out.

    Her name, first initial is "L" and last name ends in "L", even double LL. Definitely is for nothing else the L shaped is rightly deserving. Of course, its more than a name, but the name adds flavour.
  • Tafari Zharr (09/09/2019, 15:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Her Moral and Style
    Sternness with smiles
    Her Voice lingers for a while
    Check your Attitude
    No need to be rude
    Isn’t it Time to be at school
    Pick your steps up
    Pull your skirt down
    Stop fooling around
    Just so you know
    First Bell’s already rung
    Teacher Dorothy - a V.I. Gem
    Graceful and True Living Legend
  • musa (09/09/2019, 22:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Offer flowers to anybody who can smell it
  • Anonymous (10/09/2019, 16:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she was the mother to many except her own that she is ignoring.. What has become of a society who celebrates a woman who ignores and doesn't take care of her own family!
  • Richardson (12/09/2019, 13:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can remember her walking with a ruler or umbrella in her hand and saying ms Richardson go to class. She is a humble woman. Always spoke when she sees you. We called her aunt Dorothy. She is a phenomenal woman, she dressed so nice., classy woman. It was a pleasure to be in her presence and to known her. She knew if I messed up she would tell my grandmother or my dad. She always address people by ms, mr, young man and young lady. I congratulate her on the naming of the building.


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