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date: 07 April 2020

Colimon-Hall, Marie-Thérèse locked

(1918–1997), Haitian educator, pioneer advocate of preschool education, writer, and feminist,
  • Danielle Legros Georges

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was born Marie-Thérèse Colimon on 11 April 1918, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Ana Bayard and Joseph Colimon. Her parents were a middle-class couple who encouraged the intellectual development of their eight children. An avid reader as a child, Colimon-Hall completed primary and secondary school in Port-au-Prince, and at age 14 she entered Haiti’s École Normale d’Institutrices (Teacher’s College). She began her teaching career as a very young woman, and took part in Port-au-Prince’s cultural and literary events, publishing poems under the pseudonym Marie Bec. She later traveled to Europe, with a period of study at France’s Centre de Formation Pédagogique in support of a growing interest in preschool education. She would marry Louis Hall, a poet and educator, later in life.

Among the first to develop training programs in Haiti for early childhood education Colimon Hall began her work in the context of an educational reform movement that followed ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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