A graduate of St. John’s Christian Secondary School, Leslie Nicholas
is the longest serving member on the staff of Mac Donald College. He began his tenure in November 1982 a short time after completing his second year as a fifth form student at Mac Donald College.
Ironically, it was his footballing skills as a student which spoke loudest for him in his quest to becoming a teacher. In fact, Leslie maintains that he owes everything to Mr. Martin Harvey who was the Sports Master of Mac Donald College at the time. Recalling how excellent a footballer Leslie was, he insisted that he return to Mac Donald College to assist him with coaching.
According to Leslie, the then principal of Mac Donald College, Mr. Ralston Adams, was so pleased with the suggestion that he actually wrote his letter of application and he was asked to report to work the very next day.
In very short order, Leslie Nicholas became the senior football coach in Mac Donald College, and despite the fact that most of the secondary schools’ football teams are now coached by specialist coaches from the Ministry of Sports, Leslie continues to coach football at Mac Donald College. Under his guidance Mac Donald College has remained a potent force in secondary school football and the trophy cabinet tells a tale of successes and very few failures. He was one of the pioneers of the Eagles Super Strikers Football Club, a club that is still viable today. Besides football, he also assists with the coaching of athletics.
Apart from coaching, when Mr. Nicholas began his tenure at Mac Donald College, he dabbled with the teaching of Mathematics and Integrated Science in the lower forms, but his real love and passion were for the teaching of Agricultural Science. In 1988 he received a scholarship from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to study Agricultural Science at the Eastern Caribbean Institute for Agriculture and Forestry (ECIAF) in Trinidad and Tobago. Throughout his tenure he has consistently taught at an impeccably high standard and his Agricultural Science past rate at the CXC level has never dipped very far below one hundred percent. Presently, he teaches Agricultural Science throughout the school.
Mr. Nicholas generously gives of his time, whether it is to coach the football team, to help repair the staffroom, to erect a fence around the school, or to assist in the organisation and implementation of the school fair, sports, graduation and every other fundraising venture.
He is always there when Mac Donald College needs him and many see him
as the engine room of the institution. He is a father figure to most of the students, especially the boys and is a mentor to the younger members of staff. He has also served on the Board of Directors of The Grenada Union of Teachers Cooperative Credit Union.
For his sterling contribution to education for thirty-three unbroken years, the Grenada Union of Teachers wish to recognise Mr. Leslie Nicholas.
(The above was submitted by the Grenada Union of Teachers as part of celebrations marking Teacher’s Month)