​​JEANETTE GRANT-WOODHAM

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​​Jeanette Rose Grant-Woodham, OD, J.P. M.A.
It is with great sadness that the Jeanette Grant-Woodham Education Foundation shares the news that our Honouree,  Jeanette Rose Grant-Woodham, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 7, 2020.  She was 82 years old.

Early Life and Education

Born in Ocho Rios, St. Ann to Cecil George Grant and Ethel Theresa Grant, Jeanette was raised in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, where she attended the Columbus Preparatory School. She later attended the Westwood High School in Trelawny. An astute student, she matriculated at Howard University, in Washington D.C, U.S.A. and earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees (Linguistic Studies) in the span of four years.

Upon her return to Jamaica, she travelled around the island researching folklore and interviewing Elders. She taught at the Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston and the Bethlehem Teacher Training College in Malvern, St. Elizabeth. In 1970, she was appointed as the first principal of the Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High School, which up to that point had the status of a Junior Secondary School. She became a mother, counselor, teacher, mentor, and disciplinarian to thousands of young people. This intersection would change the trajectory of both her and many of these students’ lives forever. She served as the principal for 23 years.

Mrs. Grant-Woodham was a career educator, and it is this untiring devotion to education that led her to serve as:

  • Executive Director of the Jamaican Institute of Management (1993-1997) 
  • The Senior Programme Officer for the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit, an outreach arm of the Board for

           Non-Campus Countries and Distance Education at the University of the West Indies (1997-2011),

  • Coordinator of the University of Jamaica (UTech Jamaica) (2011-2013), and
  • Chairperson of the Council of Community Colleges (2008-2012).


Political Life

In 1980, she was elected as Deputy President of the Senate of Jamaica, and in 1984 she became President of the Senate, the first female to hold that position. In 1986, she was appointed as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Industry. She delivered Jamaica’s policy statement to the United Nations in 1987 and 1988.  In 1994, she was among the first four Jamaican female Certified Trainers by the Institute of Public Leadership. She was a Co-Founder and Chief Trainer of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus where she used her talents to train the next generation of female politicians (candidates and campaign managers).


Gender Issues

Her track record in the area of gender issues, both nationally and regionally, is very significant. In 1984, she served as the Chairperson of the National Advisory Council on Women. In that role in 1985, she led the Jamaican delegation to the United Nations End of Decade Conference in Nairobi, “Elimination of Discrimination Against Women”. She was also a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Beijing Conference. In 1986, she served as the Executive Director of Caribbean Women for Democracy.

Among her many awards for contributions to gender issues and International cooperation, she was especially moved to receive the “Woman of Great Esteem Award” at the United Nations Headquarters, New York in 2000.

Birth of the Foundation

In 2012, a group of her former students had the idea that an educational foundation to honor her legacy should be formed. The idea gave birth in 2014 when the Jeanette Grant-Woodham Education Foundation was launched.

Mrs. Grant-Woodham is survived by her son Omar, daughter-in-law Ann-Marie, grandsons Sage-Michael and Kaiden-Rhys, two stepsons Richard and Gavin, and many more relatives, friends, former students, and associates.

​​​education is the key to ending poverty

Because giving to the Jeanette Grant-Woodham Foundation will help efforts in improving literacy, incentivizing attendance, providing supplies and technology, and make tutoring outside the classroom accessible and affordable.

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Because education is a fundamental human right of every child.

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Why a foundation?

Because the opportunity to help enrich one student's educational experience is the

opportunity to change the future for one person and for everyone he or she influences.

Our goal: to create learning success stories, one student at a time.