Battle through cancer to be a ‘Dr’

CLASSROOM STAR: Alpha Primary School teacher Charlotte Hendricks marks the work of her Grade 2 pupils. She will be receiving her doctorate today. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
CLASSROOM STAR: Alpha Primary School teacher Charlotte Hendricks marks the work of her Grade 2 pupils. She will be receiving her doctorate today. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

NOT only did breast cancer survivor Charlotte Hendricks complete her doctor’s degree in education after a long battle with her health, but she did so for the empowerment of teachers in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas.

The 48-year-old foundation- phase head of department (HOD) at Alpha Primary School in Gelvandale started her post-graduate journey with six teacher friends in 2006.

At the time they all did their master’s degree, and together decided to pursue doctor’s degrees in education and empower teachers from the northern areas. When Hendricks was diagnosed with cancer she was determined to beat it. – Alvené du Plessis

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