Long serving teacher gets emotional farewell

POSTED: 06/28/12 11:55 AM

It was mixed emotions during the farewell for Ida Yvonne Hasselbaink yesterday when she was recognized for her 14 years of service to the Methodist Agogic School as a Dutch teacher. Top right, she displays a plaque which was presented to her by Hodge on behalf of the entire school and then she embraces three of the many students that paid her tributes. Milton Pieters Photo collage.

St. Maarten – The end of the year term for the students between the Kindergarten and Grade three at the Methodist Agogic Center had a sweet and sour tone. The occasion was their chance to give Ida Yvonne Hasselbaink an emotional farewell.
Hasselbaink, who started at the school back in 1998, taught Dutch. In recognition for her outstanding contributions spread over 14 years of service, the management of the school and the students ensured that her last day at the school will be one she will always remember.
According to Cedric Hodge, the principal at the school, Hasselbaink had the responsibility of imparting a very important language in the society to the students over the years and she was very imspiring.
“We are truly going to miss her and we all want to wish her well,” Hodge said when he presented Hasselbink with a token of appreciation on behalf of the teachers and students yesterday.
Hodge took the opportunity to encourage the gathering to emulate Hasselbink’s qualities and her caring ways which was much appreciated by everyone at the school. One teacher described Hasselbaink as a very dedicated, hardworking, energetic, God fearing person who was loved by many.
But, the morning’s proceedings took on an emotional twist when several students took the opportunity to address Hasselbaink directly in their own words. From the tributes that followed, it was evident that she had certainly touched the hearts of many, both physically and spiritually.

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