Pauline Hinds-Fullerton’s path to success has been a rocky one but she has climbed through the challenges of her teenage years to become the Head of Section at the HEART Trust/NTA’s Beechamville Vocational Training Centre. “After finishing high school without the necessary qualifications, I decided I wanted better for myself and my family. HEART was my saving grace because I was able to acquire a skill that had always intrigued me. This skill was garment technology.”
Between 1996 to 2002, Hinds-Fullerton immersed herself into programmes of both the Beechamville VTC, as well as the tertiary arm of the National Training Agency, the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI), where she learnt the intricacies of taking a piece of fabric from design stage to the finished product. She proudly declares herself a true product of HEART and her determination to excel earned her a scholarship to Japan where she was exposed to the latest emerging trends in garment technology. “The experience was phenomenal. I learnt so much despite the language barrier. Since then, not only am I adept in creating children’s clothing but I was exposed to a completely different culture. It was an enriching experience.”
Mrs. Hinds-Fullerton’s aptitude earned her the Spirit of HEART Award, recognizing her as a learner who not only excelled academically but also embraced the mission and values of the organization. After completing her studies at Beechamville, she enrolled at the VTDI where she spent 3 years refining her craft and graduating with a diploma in Garment Technology. She was the Valedictorian for the graduating class of 2002 and was now on a path to achieve her dream as an educator in her chosen field.
She joined the staff of the Marcus Garvey Technical High School where she spent two years, before returning to Beechamville VTC as an instructor. “It was an amazing journey for me from learner to instructor and HEART made it possible. Now I could change lives as my life was changed.”
Not one to rest on her laurels, she was ready and excited to meet the challenges when the garment technology instruction at the Beechamville VTC was adjusted to a multi-faceted housekeeping programme. Additionally, the outstanding HEART graduate pursued further studies at the Northern Caribbean University’s campus in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, successfully completing her undergraduate degree with major in English and a minor in Counseling.
It came as no surprise when Hinds-Fullerton was selected to act as Senior Instructor in the Housekeeping Unit at the HEART College of Hospitality Services (formerly HEART Trust NTA- Runaway Bay Training Institute) in 2011. After excelling in that post, she was then promoted to Head of Section at HEART’s Beechamville Vocational Training Centre in Golden Grove, St. Ann, where she is currently an outstanding instructor.
“I do not regret a second of my journey with HEART. I have broadened my horizons and I am now able to speak to and have an appreciation for different disciplines. It has truly been a tremendous experience and I will continue to push my students to find their purpose as well.”