Dr. Small is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alliance Française de la Jamaïque, formerly Lecturer at UWI, Senior Lecturer at the University of GUYANA, Adjunct Lecturer at the University College of the Caribbean, External Examiner for Theatre at the Edna Manley College, External Examiner of French for the Joint Board of Teacher Education, Convenor of the Fine Arts Board of the University Council of Jamaica and past President of the Jamaica Association of French Teachers. She is an educator, who has taught French for over 50 years in Guyana, Trinidad, Nigeria, Australia, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Jamaica. She has been twice the President of the Alliance Française.
As director of her own company Theatre Arts Learning Aids (TALA) Jean Small is the only person in Jamaica who uses theatre as a teaching tool of French which she defended in her PhD thesis. An actress, director and playwright, Jean Small’s publications include a series of textbooks in French and Spanish for schools, and a play Le Conte d’une femme noire (A Black Woman’s Tale). This retired head of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (UWI) has been decorated three times by the French Government for distinguished teaching of French language and Literature – 1985: Chevalier at the level of Academic Palms; Chevalier at the level of OFFICIER in 2004 and Chevalier at the highest level of LEGION OF Honour in 2015. For the past 15 years, Jean Small directed a play in French every year with the French students of the Modern Languages Department, U.W.I. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster having twice been the national champion of Jamaica in Public Speaking and twice the Caribbean champion.