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Ms. Debbie Jacob

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Trinidad Guardian

Employment History


  • MEd
    Framingham University
  • BA , Anthropology
    Ohio State University
  • BA , history
    Ohio State University
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Debbie ..., 25 June 2012 [cached]
Debbie Jacob
7. Legend of the St Ann's Flood by Debbie Jacob (Standards 3-5)-This folklore story of the 1993 St Ann's flood examines trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship when two children try to save St Ann's from the wrath of Mama Dlo.
Debbie Jacob ..., 8 Aug 2011 [cached]
Debbie Jacob
Local News - News Journal -, 22 June 2005 [cached]
Last summer Debbie Jacob, a 1971 Lexington High School graduate who lives in Trinidad, dropped by.
A fellow journalist, she is a feature writer for the Trinidad Guardian in the West Indies.She lives and works in the little village of St. Ann's.
She also is head of the English Department at a secondary school in Port of Spain, Trinidad's capital city.
And now she is a novelist.
A single mother raising two teenagers, she found time to write "Legend of the St. Ann's Flood."
Jacob tells me by e-mail that she wrote the book for her son, Jairzinho, now 16, when he was 10 because there is no West Indian literature for children between 8 and 12.She felt that, like any child, he needed some reading that reflected his environment.Namely Trinidad.The hero and heroine of this story are Joseph and Jaya, a fictional boy and girl who attend the same school Jacob's son attended.
Jacob used a devastating flood that hit the city of St. Ann's in 1993.A deadly flood that came pouring unexpectedly out of the hills.
According to the tale Jacob spun, the flood was caused by the perpetually angry Mama Dlo, a very large anaconda who hates humans because they tend to destroy the forest.
But flooding is common these days because all the forests are being cut down, Jacob said.
So this book was a plea for the forest's survival as well as a tale for children.She said the book is available on in the United Kingdom.
Trinidad gained independence from the British Commonwealth in 1976 and survived a coup attempt by Muslim fundamentalists in 1990.
Jacob said Trinidad's wealth comes from oil, deposits it shares with nearby Venezuela.
An Ohio State University graduate who majored in anthropology, Jacob moved to Trinidad in the '80s, married, divorced and is raising her children.
Perhaps some folks in Lexington who knew Debbie Jacob might be interested.
Meet Other Caribbean Authors, 1 Sept 2005 [cached]
Debbie Jacob
Debbie Jacob,
Debbie Jacob is a journalist who teaches English and the Media and Ancient World history at The International School of Port of Spain. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Ohio State University and an MEd from Framingham University in Massachusetts. She has a weekly education column in the Guardian and she is currently completing a BA in history at OSU while working on an MPhil in Cultural Studies at UWI. She wrote the pioneering TV drama Sugar Cane Arrows. Although she was born in the US, she considers herself to be a true-true Trini. Legend of the St Ann¹s Flood is her first published book.
A Note from Joanne: When I interviewed American born Debbie on camera for our SUN TV display at NALIS, I asked what brought her to Trinidad. She first heard of and fell in love with Trinidad through V.S. Naipaul's "Miguel Street" and had to see for herself if there was actually a real place with such colourful characters. "I've always wanted to be, not just an author, but a Trinidadian author," she explained. I was happy to include her in our display of Caribbean children's books, and in our Trini authors section even. To me she is Trini through love, if not by birth.
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