only two years in Exuma, in 1932, Charles received a promotion as
headmaster at the Western Junior School, on Hospital Lane, north
of Meeting Street. He was the youngest headmaster the school had
ever had, and remained there for six years.
1938 he became headmaster of the Eastern Senior School, (now the
present location of the Shirley Street Post Office) succeeding Mr.
C. I. Gibson, who had become his father-in-law when Charles married
Hazel Evangeline in March 1937. Clement T. Maynard was one of his
students at Eastern Senior.
it may not have appeared as a promotion at the time, in retrospect,
his children believe that his transfer to the school in North Palmetto
Point, Eleuthera, in 1940, was one of the best things that could
have happened to the family. It was there for 23 years that Charles
and Hazel raised their ten children, and built relationships so
strong that they have passed to the second generation. All their
children attended the school, and together with their parents, participated
in the life of the church and community. Some of his pupils were
brothers Baltron and Philip Bethel, (later Director of Tourism,
and Minister of Works and Utilities, respectively) brothers Glassford
and Sherwin Thompson, Mervin Lim, and many others. The long time
spent in Palmetto Point allowed Charles to be near his ageing parents,
who lived in the neighbouring settlement of Savannah Sound.
was not until 1963 that the call came again for a transfer to the
northern end of Eleuthera, at The Bluff. Here Charles spent a relatively
short time and retired from active service in 1969, owing to the
onset of Multiple Sclerosis. He retired officially, but after his
move to Nassau, continued to teach privately at his home in Stapledon
Gardens, until his full retirement in 1986.
parents and grandparents were Methodists, and he continued the tradition,
teaching Sunday School at Wesley Methodist Church in Nassau, the
Methodist Church in Palmetto Point and The Bluff, Eleuthera. His
dedication to the church and to God directed his principles over
of the events that brought particular pride and pleasure to Charles
were the following:
Rev. Dr. Charles W. Saunders was named after Charles, who was at
that time a teacher at the Moss Town, Exuma Public School.
- In recognition of his contribution to education in the Bahamas,
a school was named in his honour - the C.
W. Sawyer Primary School on Harold Road. "The Great"
Muhammad Ali was present for this event.
- He was among the first teachers honoured by the Primary Principals
- On the occasion of his 70th birthday the institution's 5th Anniversary
he was honoured by the C. W. Sawyer Primary School.
- On attaining the age of 80, as a mark of respect and gratitude
for all his love, guidance and sacrifice, his ten children bestowed
on him the title "Honourable Dad".
his own words, "I was proud to be a teacher! I was interested
in teaching, helping to advance the children, and that seems to
be what I wanted, and what I did."