Heidi has been dedicated to teaching and education since 1997 when she got her first job in a secondary school in Norway. Her motivation is based on a love for teaching and a belief in the unquestionable role education plays in helping individuals and societies to grow and develop.
For years she was engaged in developing and implementing project-based pedagogy and student-centered learning strategies. In 2006/2007 Heidi was heading a pre- and primary school, Rainbow International School in Asmara, Eritrea. She was responsible for the pedagogical administration of the school including teacher training, curriculum planning as well as collaborative projects with other local schools.
Heidi has a BA in Social Science, History and Sociology as well as her professional teacher training from the University of Oslo. She received her Masters in Education and Development in 2010 from Oslo University College - focusing specifically on comparative education systems in disadvantaged communities in Sudan and South Africa. She conducted her research in a public secondary school in Crossroads, Cape Town.
Beve-lee Van Heerden - School Operational Manager
I grew a passion for education in 2010 and have been working ever since to make a difference in the lives of those disadvantaged students. I served for 6 years in a ministry located in Germiston. One year teaching Grade 1 students to read and the other 5 years driving the school as the operations manager.
I am studying towards a degree in education specialising in special needs and school management. I obtain a Degree in counselling and is very passionate about my role at Streetlight Schools. My mission here is to drive both student and staff culture and to ensure the smooth flow of the school’s daily routines.
Cassandra Sibanda - School Secretary
Cassandra is Our secretary and the first person you meet when visiting us. Cassandra is responsible for the reception, resources and our social staff events. She believes that education is life changing and that every child deserves an education. She is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Financial Accounting at UNISA.
Nosisa Gumede - Student Counsellor
Nosisa believes that emotionally strong children not only perform better in an academic context but also grow up to be better adults. Children inspire her. But most of all she is passionate about their emotional well-being.
She is a qualified social worker who studied social work at the University of Zimbabwe. She started her career in the Department of Social Welfare in rural Zimbabwe where she was involved in the counseling of orphans and vulnerable children as well as children in conflict with the law.
At Jeppe Park Primary, Nosisa pursues a holistic approach to ensure the emotional well-being of the learners, taking families and their social environments into account.
Dionne Mankazana - Tutor
Dionne has worked with children from disadvantaged communities since she was in high school. She began her career at Streetlight Schools in the Education Lab, testing out different teaching methods and working to understand the community in which she works. She is is currently studying towards a degree in Foundation Phase Education at UNISA; and studied Sociology and Social Development at the University of Cape Town. Her passion for innovative education has seen her develop creative learning techniques. She now teaches Theme & Art, Reading & Writing, Practical Maths and Learning through Play to Grade 1 students at Jeppe Park Primary.
Tatenda Mafodya - Teacher
Tatenda is a young lady whose dream has always been to change the world. By being a teacher, she is achieving that dream, one child at a time. Tatenda is a qualified teacher who graduated from UCE college in Zimbabwe. She has taught in a variety of rural and urban schools for the past 11 years.
Anna Moi - Tutor
Anna has 10 years of experience tutoring children. After many years of directing her own after-care program in Soweto, she now teaches Grade R and Grade 1 students at Jeppe Park Primary. She is a powerful champion for increased roles and responsibilities for parents in obtaining educational excellence for their children. She speaks Sepedi, siTswana, siSotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Venda, Tsonga, English, Afrikaans and Ndebele.
Anna's passion for education, enhancing behavioural management, developing self-directed learning and developing effective teaching practices guides her to being the remarkable educator she is today.
She lives in Soweto with her husband and daughter, Innocentia.
Paul Garidzirai - Teacher
Paul was born in a family of twelve in which six are twins inclusively. He holds a diploma in education with specialisation in Early Childhood Development. He has ten years of experience to his name in ECD teaching and has a passion in developing good and strong foundation in learning.
Paul loves children and is dedicated in their holistic development. He initiated the start and development of Akani Metmar Primary School which is one of the two schools with English as the instruction language in the heart of Diepsloot, one of the poorest communities of South Africa, thus creating jobs for more than sixty people.
Paul is a hard-working teacher who is open minded and dedicated to his work. Currently, he is studying with UNISA doing a degree in psychology, a decision which he took after a deep research in social life.
Pfano Ramunenyiwa - Tutor
Pfano is currently a teaching assistant at Jeppe Park Primary, following her love and passion for education. She believes that all children deserve the best education. She is currently studying at UNISA to become a qualified teacher. She previously worked at a call centre and possesses a certificate in Personal Management obtained at UNISA.
Brian Ngoveni - Junior teacher
Brian believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. He received his BSc (Hons) in Recreation and Leisure Studies Graduate, and is currently completing Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). He has experience in sports and recreation coordination, data collection and analysis, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) administration.
Christina Kajanga - Teacher
Christina was born into a family of educators who instilled in her a love of learning. She has enjoyed teaching in the foundation phase for 15 years at various schools.
She holds a Diploma in Education, BSc Honors in Special Education, and a BEd Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics. She prides herself on her ability to cater to all learning styles and help learners work at a pace that is most comfortable for them. She loves to help her students gain independence with their work. Her dream is to continue to share her passion for learning, enthusiasm and dedication as a teacher.
Zanele Hlope - Tutor
Zanele Hlophe is a young black female with roots in Kwa Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg. She has embarked in a Journey of self discovery, immersed in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Initially, much of her interest and attention was captured by the study of psychology. She pursued her undergraduate studies in the field at the University of Johannesburg, and completed her honours degree in psychology at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
In search for experiential learning in the field, the journey has mostly stirred her towards working with kids with special needs and ordinary needs. Her interest was even more peaked in the realization that in all her work experience she has only gotten her hands dirty with work in the education spectrum of things, which then lead her straight to the doors of Streetlight Schools.
In her words, "Being a piece of Streetlight Schools signifies a royally defining portion of my immensely bright future in the sphere of education. I have not known growth and development at such a great pace in so short a space of time, I can't help but be motivated to immerse myself further in the incredible work of developing strong and great individuals in precious young minds."
In the hopes of reaching the goal of transformatively impacting the education system in South Africa, Zanele intends to absorb as much knowledge as possibly, both formally and informally."Afterall, one never stops Learning if the goal is to be of significant change in the society".
Aletta B. Mokonyane - Tutor
Aletta believes that every child deserves an education that inspires them to think creatively and grow confidently and independently. She is an intern at Jeppe Park Primary while she studies Early Childhood Development at Sparrow FET.
Petogo - Intern
Petogo came to us as an intern from Sparrows FET College in January 2017. After completing his practical in June he was offered an internship with us till December. Petogo is starting his teacher training next year.
Nadia Lazarus - Tutor
Nadia is a dynamic individual who is eager to pursue a career in teaching. Her natural enthusiasm helps her adapt easily to any situation. She matriculated in 2013 and was a teacher assist at Sparrow Foundation from February - June 2015. She is currently studying Early Childhood Development for her MFG Level 4 certification, presently doing her practicals at Jeppe Park Primary.
Zanele Mthethwa - Intern
Zanele came to us as an intern from Sparrows FET College in January 2017. After completing her practical in June she was offered an internship with us till December. Zanele is starting her teacher training next year.
Lindiswa Tatayi- Cleaner
Lindiswa started working for Streetlight Schools in May 2016 and enjoys her first job in a school environment. She grew up in Johannesburg and lives in Jeppestown with her daughter. Lindiswa believes that education is important in order for everyone to be able to get a good joband to improve their lives.
Bongi Mntambo - Cleaner
Bongi is the cleaner at Streetlight Schools. She is a longtime friend of the organization--her children attended the Learning Centre and her daughter is in Grade 1 at Jeppe Park Primary. Bongi works to provide a safe, clean and healthy environment for our learners.
Mike Chitowe- Handyman
Mike has been working for Streetlight Schools since April 2017. He is responsible for all that needs to be fixed, painted, moved and replaced in the School.
Yolanda and Regina - Caterers
Yolanda and Regina, of Jeppestown’s Downstairs Diner, provide Jeppe Park Primary learners with nutritious and delicious lunches. The menu they have created is well-aligned with Streetlight Schools’ mission to encourage healthy eating habits for our students. Both women are part of the the Streetlight Schools community: Yolanda’s son attends our afterschool program, and Regina’s son is in Grade 1 at Jeppe Park Primary.