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Stories We Love: Guyanese-American to lead C&O Haynes School of Excellence

Dr. Esther Haynes-Tross is living the strict motto of her deceased parents, to work hard to achieve your goals and help others along the way to achieve theirs. The Brooklyn-based Guyanese-American, and dean of students of the Cecil and Olga Haynes School of Excellence, is in the process of re-migrating to the mining town of Linden, where she was born.

Dr. Joseph Haynes, a certified clinical nutritionist and proprietor of the Health and Wellness Clinics in Georgetown and Linden, entrusted his sister to carry on the family’s legacy of educating future generations through the institution he created.

Stories We Love: Guyanese-American to lead C&O Haynes School of Excellence



The daughter of the soil, who was born in Ituni, and grew up in Mackenzie, Linden is the sixth of 13 children, (three are deceased) who carved out a successful path for themselves, after playing pivotal roles in their parent’s business in the Mackenzie market, where they fetched heavy loads of haberdashery on their heads daily to help their mother’s vending.

“We carried boxes of merchandise back and forth by hand and sometimes on our heads,” she reflected, during a Caribbean Life interview in her office in the Tucan Business Mall, owned by Dr. Joseph Haynes. She is part of the management team of the shopping center, which houses radio, where she hosts, “Sunday Morning Jazz,” and co-hosts the Pepperpot Show.

“We got our strength from our parents,” said the Lindener, who migrated to the United States in 1974, and continued her quest for academic excellence. She and her U.S. soldier husband later settled in Brooklyn, before she went on to earn an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from New York City Technology Institute.

The phenomenal lady later, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Edison State College, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication Arts (with distinction) from New York Institute of Technology. Her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, specializing in Adolescent Leadership was attained at John Fisher College.


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