With so many incredible women living in the tropics, often going unnoticed on their little islands by the rest of the world, I wanted to take the opportunity to share their stories here. This series, Women Who Rock Their Rock, features island women in all their glory, inspiring others with the work they do and how they’re making a difference on their islands.
If you missed some of the first posts in this series, be sure to check them out here, here, here, here, and here.
The woman featured in this addition to the series is committed to building up the students and educators on her island, exposing students to options and choices for their future that they did not have before.
MEET KELLY ANN SEBREE
ISLAND: Andros Island, Bahamas
ORGANIZATION: Central Andros High School
NOMINATED BY: The Central Andros High School Team – originally just her professional peers and now, genuine friends!
The Central Andros High School team and community, having worked with Kelly for the past 12 years, reached out to nominate this “exceptional American woman” who they believe deserves recognition for all she’s done in her time with the school.
Kelly came to Andros Island, Bahamas begging for a job at the high school, hoping to create the first Guidance Counselor position at Central Andros High School where, before her arrival, there had never been any type of counseling program. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychologist. Before arriving to Andros, she had a private Psychotherapy practice in Palm Beach, Florida, and was also a clinical supervisor for the school counseling program facilitated in the Palm Beach schools. Kelly brought with her a wealth of experience and a genuine desire to help the island’s children and families. After about a year and a half of persistence advocating with the Ministry of Education to let her develop and grow a new program for the local children, she succeeded. Kelly fearlessly pursued those in charge and she never gave up.
Kelly’s knowledge, diversity, compassion, and strength have been a resource for students, parents, and her colleagues. She has blended into the island’s culture without barriers and has become a force who advocates on behalf of the students. On an island where students may not have even finished high school in the past, they are now graduating with diplomas. At a school where grade point averages didn’t mean anything, students are now applying to colleges. In an academic environment where government workers attended their job simply for a paycheck, they now teach with compassion. And the fearful parents and guardians who used to dread receiving a call from school administrators are now actively involved in their children’s academic world.
Such is due to the incredible support and nurturing presence of this guidance counsellor, who has developed a safe environment, exhibits a humbling support system, and demonstrates a professional persona of passion, compassion, kindness, and character to all she works with at Central Andros High School and the Andros community.
Kelly Ann Sebree, LCSW and Guidance Counselor, is a blessing to the island of Andros, committed to exposing students to options and choices, and validating their struggles throughout vulnerable developmental milestones – and she does so with grace, etiquette, and commitment, while being grateful for the opportunity to serve – and always with a smile on her face!
When she’s not helping students, Kelly and her husband Steve are the ever-hospitable hosts of Big Bamboo Villa, welcoming tourists and wellness groups to their Andros retreat.
Thank you, Kelly Ann, for all you do for the youth on your island. Rock on!!
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