GEORGE NEWS - Roger Jacobs, head of Inclusive and Specialised Education Support (Isles) in Eden and the Central Karoo Education District, has retired from the post he has held since 2014. At his farewell at the Augusta Grill Restaurant on 14 September, colleagues said he will be sorely missed.
"He has the ability to see the bigger picture and makes win-win decisions based on that," said Gawie Raubenheimer, the senior psychologist.
"What a privilege to have worked with and under Roger. He always took responsibility for his decisions and wasn't hesitant to apologise if need be. One of the most humble people I have ever met. When others were stressed, he has the natural ability to calm everyone and bring direction. I really miss him at the office."
Acting director Jewel Jonkers said Jacobs is a leader in education. "He has a heart for the community. Roger has a keen sense of humour and his gentle approach enabled him to become a teacher in conflict management, management of bullying and staff wellness."
Jacobs has spent more than 30 years in education, and always kept learning and studying. He told his colleagues that he has for some time wanted to open a private practice. When Covid-19 forced him to stay at home, it gave him time to think. He realised that, as a diabetic, quality time with family is currently his best option.
He is not sure where to next, but for now a private practice is off the table. He would like to be active in community projects. His long-standing talk show at EDENfm, Schools Hour, is a way to give back and a platform for educational issues.
Said a co-worker: "The saying 'A lost coin never loses its value', has never been more true than in Roger's case."
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