Dr. Avis Glaze has served as Education Adviser to governments such as New Zealand, Ontario and Scotland, and has worked with educators at all levels of education systems in over 50 countries and (USA) states.
“Avis Glaze is one of those outstanding leaders who cares deeply about equity and social justice, sees the big picture and is a master at blending moral purpose, political realities and change savvy. Drawing on a wealth of experience and successes, there are a few educators in the world who can match her leadership qualities and ability to teach others.”
Professor Michael Fullan, OISE/University of Toronto
“I have known Dr. Glaze since my childhood in Jamaica and have always had great admiration for her personal character and her dedication to the education and encouragement of children. An early, cherished memory I have is of her gift to me of a tennis racquet which has underscored, in my mind, the commitment she has to ensuring the holistic child development through the nurturing of mental, physical and social ability. That simple gesture has always been a reminder to me to give of my best in any the engagement of any endeavour.
Dr. Glaze values education and hard work and, as a professional educator, she would often ask about my academic aspirations and career plans. However, these questions were never posed at a remove from herself. In fact she was equally, if not more, demanding of herself. Upon the successful completion of her PhD, I recall asking her what she might want to do next, with all that hard work behind her. To my surprise and lasting inspiration, she declared that she wanted to pursue yet another line of study simply for her personal enjoyment and growth. In this way, through personal example, she brought me to understand that education is a journey, not a destination. I have admired her extraordinary ability to balance her drive, vision and self-confidence against her patience, empathy and sensitivity. Dr. Glaze has consistently modelled excellence for me, presenting herself as a living example of what I might accomplish if only I would try, as she would prod me, to “reach for the stars.”
Ricardo Allicock Jamaican Ambassador to Japan