A marketing professional Charlotte’s background is in the administration field and as such, she was the Bahamas’ 2008 Administrative Professional of the Year (APOTY) and the 2018 Distinguished Administrative Professional of the Year (DAP) and held other distinctions both locally and internationally.
Charlotte is known for the philanthropic and altruistic work she does by helping young people achieve their scholastic dreams and goals. As a result, she has been awarded a grant by the Government of The Bahamas to expand her reach, she partners with several local corporate companies to identify students who need financial assistance, she has partnered with the new government to assist students on the Family Islands, hosts virtual college fairs for public and private schools and partnered with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated to facilitate a college readiness seminary. In addition to the aforementioned, several international universities have established a CKTAgency scholarship which range from 50% tuition to full scholarship to assist students.
In her spare time, (pre-COVID) she travelled to churches, youth groups and high schools around The Bahamas speaking to students about the importance of higher education. Since we are trying to coexist and navigate out of the current pandemic, she has been hosting a series of virtual college fairs featuring four universities each night since August and continues to do so to date.
To ensure students are given the best options of college, she has recently partnered a HBCU and other universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada to offer Bahamian students free applications and extra benefits to study at their school. She created a non-profit page on Facebook called ‘Say Yes to Scholarships & the Best Accredited Universities’ which introduces students to some of the best universities and identifies additional funding whether studying locally or internationally.
Charlotte was married to the late Brentwood Thompson and they have two (2) adult children who completed their degrees on full scholarships. Her son Blaine started his degree at University of The Bahamas but wanted a more hands on education so he transferred his credits to The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute where he graduated with a degree in Network Engineering with a concentration on Computer Information Systems with CompTia and A+ certifications and her daughter Blaire is a classically trained chef who received an associate degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University and graduated in May 2021 with a master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration on full scholarship Kent State University in Kent Ohio.
A Spanish teacher for the past 14 years, Ms. Yaite Simms have prepared students for exams in the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) with students obtaining A and B passes.
Ms. Simmons has a degree in Gastronomical Services and Marketing. She is own and operator of the tour business Ven Conmigo Tours. She has translated for Sony Music, taught at Kiddies world Academy, Fort Charlotte Academy, Genesis Academy, Queens College, Synergy College, Central Bank and Pictet Bank
Waysha McKinney is a trained teacher with a speciality in General & Health Science and Biology. She has worked with students of all grade levels in various capacities for the past 10 years. Waysha has always had a passion for serving others, which she nurtured early on. During her formative years she would volunteer many recesses to assist her fellow students with school work. It is no surprise that all of her life’s pathways kept leading her to education, in some form.
For 5 years, she worked as a programme manager and Fast ForWord Coach at the Centre for Achievement, Resources & Empowerment (C.A.R.E) in Nassau, Bahamas. In this role, she worked closely with students aged 5 to 18years old using the reading and language program. Additionally, she provided training, site implementation and conducted educational presentations.
Waysha left C.A.R.E and became a full-time student at the then College of The Bahamas to complete her studies in Education. Following completion of her training, she began her teaching career at A. F. Adderley Junior High school where she taught Health and General Science.
Waysha is currently a Stay-at-Home mom offering her tutoring services virtually.
As a K-12 School Counseling professional, Tamara has served in the Public School system for the past 17 years working with students from primary through senior high school.
During this time, she has developed a passion for College and Career Counseling and has assisted many students in their journey towards achieving their dreams of attending college.
At present, Tamara serves as the Head of Department for Guidance Counseling at the R. M. Bailey Senior High School.
She is a graduate of the University of West Alabama, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has also obtained a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
As the second born child to community activists Khalil and Jannah Khalfani, Khalilah Khalfani wanted from an early age to have a career that made an impact on person’s lives. Her career aspiration was to be a teacher and an accountant, which would mimic the careers of her parents somewhat. Her parents impressed on her the importance of giving back to the community and the area she was raised in reinforced this. Her father told her at the start of her high school years that she will be attending college, however as the second of four children at the time, financially they could not afford it. He said her options were to obtain and academic or athletic scholarship (she was not athletic at all). She wanted to attend university abroad and thus soared academically in high school.
Grade 12 came so quickly and it was at a college fair where she chose the University of Tampa as the tertiary level institution that she wanted to attend. Unfortunately, she was only 16 and thus, unable to attend. She sat the entrance exam for the College of The Bahamas (now University of The Bahamas) and was successful. She did not let the disappointment of not being able to attend UT slow her though, her mantra became “delayed but not denied”. As she was completing her last semester at COB, she attended a college fair where she applied to the University of Tampa and gained admission “on the spot”. She was also able to obtain two scholarships in addition to grants that she researched and applied for. While attending UT she knew that the knowledge she had gained on applying for scholarships and grants etc. would be helpful to other young persons in similar financial circumstances and would offer assistance to others in this regard.
She obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Information Systems while working three jobs, including the ‘graveyard’ shift at the university’s computer lab (to be able to access a computer, to complete all assignments as she did not have a laptop, like the other students). Upon completion and starting a family, she attended the University of Miami, she obtained an MBA with a focus in international business. She began teaching at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute after gaining work experience in the private sector and has been teaching both adults and children for 20 plus years. She is a marker for the BGCSE and teaches Information Technology at a private institution.