SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) —The United People’s Party (UP) issued a statement on Thursday in which it expressed sadness at learning of the loss of a daughter of the soil Ghislaine Choisey-Rogers who died suddenly on, Wednesday.
Rogers is the late aunt of Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmilla De Weever. She was an iconic teacher for many years, and a well-loved daughter of the soil and her passing has plunged an entire island into mourning.
“At a time in the transition of our young nation when education will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our country, the loss of such a remarkable educator who touched so many lives is regrettable. On behalf of my husband and my entire family and the UP Party, I want to extend condolences and wish strength to the Rogers/De Weever family,” said Faction Leader for the UP Party in Parliament the Honorable Grisha Heyliger-Marten.
Ms. Rogers began teaching at the tender age of 19-years-old on French St. Martin. She has been described by those who knew her well as an educator who understood the challenges of young adults where it pertains speaking and learning to write the English language. Government officials on French St. Martin also described her as being a person at the centre of an educational method based on oral teaching and mother tongue talking (The Realization of International Multilingual Education) REMI which she used to educate many children who are young professionals today.
“Thoughts of best wishes go out to the family, and especially to Minister De Weever in your time of bereavement,” said UP Party Leader and President of Parliament the Honorable Rolando Bryson. He said losing a family member at this time was even more difficult because of the era in which we are which make mourning the loss and celebrating the life of our loved ones that much more challenging.
UP Party President Silvia Meyers expressed sadness at learning about the passing of Ms. Rogers. She said those who have paved the way for St. Maarten in different fields and helped to build what we have today as a young country, should not be forgotten. “Your contribution to the field of education touched lives on both sides of the island. May your soul rest in eternal peace,” said Meyers.
Teacher Rogers passing leaves a void, but also a legacy of excellence as an educator which will remain with those whose lives she has transformed during her many years of service. “We the Board and members of the UP Party extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Teacher Rogers and wish you much strength during these difficult times,” the statement read.