Profile of the Month: November, 2000
This profile was written by a student of the Sandy Bank Primary School.
Zerrel Cursie Thompson was born at
Retrieve District in the parish of St. Elizabeth.
He now resides at Mountainside, St. Elizabeth. Before residing there, he lived at Barbary Hall for three years and Sandy Bank for twenty-five years. Mr. Thompson was educated at St. Alban's Elementary School and Moneague Teacher's College. He is a Justice of the Peace for St. Elizabeth Parish and Lay Reader for St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Mountainside.
Mr. Thompson, a retired school principal, worked in that profession for forty-five years. He is now assisting with Early Childhood Education at Sandy Bank Basic School. This Basic School which is thirty-five years old was established by him, assisted by Mrs.Thompson, his wife, while he was Principal of Sandy Bank Primary School. She took charge of the Basic School on May 10, 1965. The Sandy Bank Primary School prospered over the years with the improved standard of the children at the Basic School level. The Basic School now needs general repairs. As a teacher, two outstanding event that took place in his life were his marriage on December 4, 1949 and his successful course of studies at Moneague Teachers' College in St. Ann. He said he would encourage young people to become teachers so that they can pass on to the coming generation what they inherit from their teachers to continue the nation building process.
Mr. Thompson said that his greatest achievements in life are owning his own home before retirement and educating his children to enable them to be fit to live and to live with. What he likes most about Treasure Beach is that the people are friendly, co-operative, and fond of a good life. He said he would encourage people to visit Treasure Beach because they will be comfortable and secure from harm while being free to explore and enjoy what is there. Mr. Thompson would like to see a training centre established for the training of young people to acquire skills for industrial development and job security.