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Update: Mellissa Amey out! Wade Tobin in!

Announcement finally made by Minister Walwyn
Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Principal Melissa Amey (right) is expected to return to University to complete her Master's Degree, and will be replaced by Wade W. Tobin, a former ESHS teacher and current Head Master of the Seventh Day Adventist School. Photo: VINO
Paraquita Bay, Tortola, VI - Well known throughout the Virgin Islands for our accurate and factual reporting and always having the inside scoops that no other sites have, Virgin Islands News Online first reported in June of this year that Wade W. Tobin was tipped to take up the position of Acting Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) come fall 2012.

Even though many senior officials in the Ministry and Department of Education denied this at the time, official word came that this news site’s report was factual as usual! 

Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn made the announcement yesterday, August 27, 2012 during a meeting with the Territory’s Public School teachers dubbed as Professional Day for Educators, held at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium. 

"Today I would like to formally announce that Mr. Wade Tobin will now be taking over the leadership of our largest secondary school, the Elmore Stoutt High School. As you all know, Ms. Melissa Amey, Principal of the school is currently on study leave," Hon. Myron V.Walwyn, Minister for Education and Culture stated. 

The Minister said he believes that Mr. Tobin will make a positive contribution to the education system in his new role.

In our original report in June 2012, this news site’s well placed sources within the ruling National Democratic Party Government and team of reporters, informed us that Principal of ESHS Ms. Melissa Amey, is expected to return to University to finalise her Master’s Degree. It is unclear for how long but the area of studies is reported to be Human Resources. While Principal Amey is on study leave, former ESHS teacher and current Principal of one of the Virgin Islands’ private schools, Wade W. Tobin, is expected to act as Principal.

Melissa Amey Profile

According to the H. L. Stoutt Community College, in their alumni profile, Amey grew up in New York where she completed elementary school, as well as her early years of high school. Her later years of high school were completed at Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Lander University, South Carolina. Ms. Amey is currently pursuing a double Master’s in Human Resources Management and Human Resources Development at Webster University, also in South Carolina.

Since 1989, Ms. Amey has been teaching for over 17 years in the Virgin Islands, a period interrupted only by her attendance at Lander University. She has served variously at Leonora Delville, Althea Scatliffe, and Enis Adams Primary Schools, as well as the Elmore Stoutt High School.

She has been Acting Principal at Elmore Stoutt High School since September 2009 and has been confirmed to the post in 2011. Ms. Amey, who also had a stint at Job Developer, GLEAMNS Human Resources, a South Carolina company, (2002-2004) is the daughter of Mrs. Antoinette Skelton, the Executive Director of the BVI Social Security Board.

Wade W. Tobin Profile

Mr. Tobin, the current Principal of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) elementary and secondary schools, has been teaching for over 23 years. He spent 19 years in the public service as a teacher and taught at several public schools on Tortola before moving on to his current employment.

After graduating from the then BVI High School now Elmore Stoutt High School in 1990, Tobin landed his first job as a Class Three Teacher at the Enis Adams Primary where he spent a year from 1990 to 1991, before taking up a Class Four Teacher position at the Althea Scatliffe Primary, from 1991 to 1993.

He then moved on to the Ivan Dawson Primary and stayed there from 1993 to 1997 before his final employment in the public service at the Elmore Stoutt High School from 2001 to 2007 as Year Head/Teacher of History and Social Studies.

Mr. Tobin earned an Associate’s Degree in Teaching from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in 1996, and went on to pursue higher teaching education at the University of the Virgin Islands where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Social Sciences/Secondary Teachers Preparation in 2001 and finally in 2004 a Master’s in Education Administration from the same institution.

Wade W. Tobin is the brother of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Works, Julian Willock.

52 Responses to “Update: Mellissa Amey out! Wade Tobin in!”

  • A Parent (20/06/2012, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ohhh . You guys forgot that she has a degree in Education . Or did You do that on purpose ? O.o . Anyways I would to thank her for her contributions to the school and truly caring for the students. She has done well and you cant take that away. Good luck Ms. Amey and we love you.
    • bvislander (20/06/2012, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i completely agree. we all love you and you did well for that school!!! i know i have heard that some children were afraid of you, which i quite liked! lol
      • mother hen (20/06/2012, 13:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        So ok she has two ba and now doing two masters next!!!
        • learn to read (20/06/2012, 19:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          Please can you read??? She only has one BA but is trying to finish two masters...
    • Mr. Burke (20/06/2012, 11:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Ms. Amey: I can personally say that you are a very good principal and a professional individual. I had dealing with you concerning my two daughters. I have one there right now, but is good to see that you are off to complete your studies - double Masters? wow!!!! you are build for it Ms. Amey, go and do your thing and I wish you all the best and take care of yourself while away - come back though, and make us even more proud - LOVE YOU!! Mr. Tobin - I know you from Ivan Dawson, and I also know that you will get the job done at ESHS because you have proven yourself already, no one can tell me different because I've see it with my eyes!! - see you in September, and very best of luck to you sir.
  • bvislander (20/06/2012, 08:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why is this breaking news! There has been no shake up! I can tell you that this decision was one made by Ms Amey so it was certainly not political! everything is political for you people! anyway, Ms Amey you did well for the ESHS and I for one am glad that you have decided to complete your studies. I do hope that you do return after you are finished. I hope that Mr Tobin go in there and do his job which is looking out for OUR children and ensuring that they get the best possible education. This is no time for half stepping because this generation, especially our boys, requires strong, stern, male leadership. Afterall that is the role that God mandated for them. To be the leaders! There are a lot of teachers in all our schools, especially our Public Schools, who do not genuinely care about our children and something seriously needs to be done about them too. Ms Amey, study hard and we wish you well!
    • parent (20/06/2012, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      it dont matter who made it first for sure she needed to go
    • I agree (28/08/2012, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree there was no need for breaking news like that. Everyone knew she was going on study leave. It is not like they asked her to leave. Stop it VINO. I congratulate your brother and I hope that he can coach his team to a winning year. First thing he would need to do is change the culture in the school among his faculty. He have to first show them with tough love that he care for them. Once he do that he would have a successful school year. If he fail in that department he will catch it up on that campus both from faculty and students. I expect to hear good things about Tobin.
  • daddy (20/06/2012, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another local going in hollwood!
  • Whaaaat???!!! (20/06/2012, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Farewell, for now, Ms Amey.. As a parent I think you did a great job (and I know the critics - especially some teachers will be saying 'you didnt work with her, so you dont know'), but whatever man! I interacted with her as a parent and found her to be very professional; I attended PTA meetings and loved her governance; plus my children also think she was a good principal...so there. I also happen to think Wade will be a good principal and pray him well. After all, it's the students who will suffer if he isn't.
  • ------------------------- (20/06/2012, 09:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well at least dem aint bring in no island man to tek over dey school..myron need credit for tis..me say he waz going bring in he people from down islands..all dey best Wade dat place ruff deman it aint no lil lil christian school
    • Down Island Man (20/06/2012, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wade will be good but what about the "tower of power" -Connie who is there behind the scenes.
  • 1 (20/06/2012, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's hope our education system move from good to great
  • Colombine (20/06/2012, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI is dominated by families. Mrs. Amey director of SSB daughter. Mr Tobin brother of entangled MCW PS Willock. Aside from my analogy I want to wish Mrs. Amey well in here future endeavors. She is a hard worker and cares for youths wholeheartedly.
    • qc (20/06/2012, 18:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      For real only the big names and families get the top job in this place...Army mother done got a bog job at social security and wade brother another big job as PS...the lil people get noting in this place yall....
      • ? (25/06/2014, 20:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

        She Didn't Get Her Job Because Ms.Sk...on Is Her Mother. She Got The Job From Hard Work. Why Can You People Never Be Happy Fro Someone Without Negativity?

  • Shara Parlin (20/06/2012, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Historically the BVI High school has produced the leaders of our country. Both the government and the parents need to stand with teachers and Mr. Tobin on education issues for the good of our students.
  • We the people (20/06/2012, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    While this is deemed a good move for ESHS, I hope the powers that be at the SDA school as well as the Minister of Education is concerned about the Private school's interest because at the end of the day is should be all about education. So I hope they have begun looking for good replacement. Mr. Tobin definitely took that school to another level and need it needs to progress in that upward motion. All the best Mr. Tobin, make us proud.
  • good news (20/06/2012, 11:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good luck Mr. Tobin....hope you do well.
  • good news (20/06/2012, 11:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So VINO...who will be the new principal of SDA....enquirers want to know
    • Looking on (20/06/2012, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @good news.... stop hiding behind the veil and asking VINO who will be the new principal of SDA school. You work with the man, why you won't ask him yourself.... Obiviously its good news he's leaving... so be bold and ask when?
      • good news (20/06/2012, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        ha...exactly who do you think I am? I don't work with the man sorry to burst your bubble. I think it is good news that he is going back to ESHS as some one said they need good male role models for those children.
  • Supporter (20/06/2012, 12:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say that Ms. Amey has done an outstanding job with the children at ESHS. She has a sincere love and appreciation for the children and encouraged them to excel in higher education… Some may disagree but we must give high praise to teachers and principals who put a lot of energy and time to make sure that our boys excel academically. I wish her continued success in her future endeavors. I also think that the government has made a superb choice to continue the great work at ESHS. Mr. Tobin is a great man, a disciplinarian, honest and a no-nonsense man. Most of all he is a man of God. I have seen over the years the hard work he has put into the Seventh-day Adventist School, and have noticed that since he has been there the school is ranking, so I am not at the least that the great work will continue at ESHS. I am positive things will be greater! Congrats to you brother of the soil.. Be humble, keep a level eye and put God first in all you do.
    • Open Minded (20/06/2012, 23:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let's not forget our girls. They need our encouragement as well. Lately we all seem to be so focussed on the boys that the achievements of our girls seem to be going unnoticed.
  • What Shake UP (20/06/2012, 13:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ws. Everyone knew that Ms. Amey was going back to school. We thank her for what she has done and wish her continued success. We are thankful that her replacement is a good choice and not the deputy that is there now.
  • Crank Shaft (20/06/2012, 13:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If she's going on study leave at her own free will (which I knew from months ago), how is this a shake up? LOL! She hasn't been hiding this fact from anyone, she's been talking about relocating for a while now..lol
  • dc (20/06/2012, 23:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We thank Melissa for all of her efforts at ESHS during her years with the school, including the last one as principal... We wish wade nothing but the best, as he takes over.
  • jamgirl (21/06/2012, 00:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why can't these people be glad for their own if you want the top jobs go and get qualified like others are doing stop be like crabs
  • ESHS class of 09 (21/06/2012, 04:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good luck to ms.amey. If those students thought ms.amey was bad well i got news fo alyo mr.tobin going b worst brace ya'll selfs
  • hm (21/06/2012, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us all start saying some prayers for Mr. Tobin....(much is riding on him being that strong male role model and leader)
  • @@@@@@ (21/06/2012, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wade will do well he has a good track record hope he gets confirm in the post
  • School Shopping Early (22/06/2012, 13:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does anyone know if it is true that ESHS is also getting new uniforms in September? That was the other rumor on the street. I don't want to buy them yet if it is going to change.
    • jhvj (28/08/2012, 21:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think they would let that be known before school even closed. Well, at least that's the professional thing to do. So, maybe it's the same.
  • god sent (22/06/2012, 23:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Tobin is the man for the ESHS..he will have the students in check
  • ALBERTHA (24/06/2012, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Tobin, you will surely be missed from the SDA Church. They will not be able to find anyone to replace you. You tried to help everyone. I hope that you have left manners with some of those teachers because they neeed it. I wish that God will bless you in your next job. I have no doubt that you will do well.
  • Faith MP (28/08/2012, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Amey was and is well-respected by the students and parents of ESHS. She did a wonderful job while she was there, so dont make it look like she got the position because of who her mother is. You people like too much drama. Good luck in your studies, Ms. Amey. We love you and look forward to welcoming you back in the BVI on the completion of your studies
    • For Real (28/08/2012, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      Miss F***h MP it is only because of who her mother is why she got the position, that and that alone. She cant lead a fly much less ESHS. She knows how to capture the kids but it takes a whole lot more than that to run ESHS.

    • joe public (28/08/2012, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      hope you are speaking for yourself and not the rest of us!
  • To (28/08/2012, 10:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wade, i know that you u will do it well...god bless
  • church memeber (28/08/2012, 13:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the best Mr. Tobin
  • farmer brown (28/08/2012, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wade cannot do it alone so the whole staff of the ESHS have to work together for the betterment of the children and the school.
  • dd (28/08/2012, 23:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    by the way is he indigenous??? Tobin don't slack up on these kids dem out of order.


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