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
Beve grew a passion for education in 2010 and has been working ever since to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged students. She served in a ministry in Germiston for 6 years, spending one year teaching Grade 1 students to read, and the other 5 years driving the school as the operations manager.
Beve is studying towards a degree in education specialising in special needs and school management. She holds a degree in counselling and is very passionate about her role at Streetlight. Her mission is to drive both student and staff culture and to ensure the smooth flow of the school’s daily routines.
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.
Nosisa 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 several 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 becoming 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 experience tutoring children. After many years of directing her own after-care programme 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 to 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 for developing a good and strong foundation in learning.
Paul loves children and is dedicated to their holistic development. He initiated the start and development of Akani Metmar Primary School, which is one of two schools with English as the instruction language in the heart of Diepsloot, one of the poorest communities in 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 to complete his degree in psychology.
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 are entitled to the best education.
She is currently studying at UNISA to become a qualified teacher. Pfano previously worked at a call centre and possesses a certificate in Personnel Management obtained at UNISA.
Brian Ngoveni - Junior teacher
Brian believes that every 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, and is currently completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Brian has experience in sports and recreation coordination, data collection and analysis, managed integrity evaluation (MIE), and 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 the past 15 years at various schools.
Christina holds a Diploma in Education, BSc Honors in Special Education, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics. She prides herself on her ability to cater to all learning styles and helps 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 has roots in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, and is currently embarked on a journey of self-discovery in the city of Johannesburg.
She pursued her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, and completed her Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Seeking to gain hands-on experience in the field, she has been pushed toward working with both ordinary and special needs students. In her words, "Being a piece of Streetlight Schools signifies a defining portion of my future in education. I have not known growth and development at such a great pace in so short a time, I can't help but be motivated to immerse myself further in the incredible work of developing strong and great individuals."
In the hopes of reaching the goal of transformatively impacting the education system in South Africa, Zanele intends to absorb as much knowledge as possible during her time at Streetlight.
Aletta B. Mokonyane - Intern
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 teaching assistant at the Sparrow Foundation from February to 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 job and to improve their lives.
Bongi Mntambo - Cleaner
Bongi is a 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 the Jeppestown’s Downstairs Diner provides 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.
Florence Tshabalala - Intern
Florence is very passionate about developing young minds through play and learning. She believes that communicating with children at a young age plays an important role in developing a positive mindset.
Florence possesses a level 4 National Certificate in Further Education & Training specializing in Early Childhood Development. She is also planning on furthering her studies in teaching.
Rose Mosikili - Secretary
Rose works at Streetlight Schools as an administrator, receptionist, and all-round school helper.
She has a passion for helping young kids and making a difference in their lives. Rose holds a Diploma in Management Assistance and worked at the African School of Excellence for 3 years before joining the Streetlight team. Her time there helped her develop a strong set of skills vital to the everyday functioning of the school.
Nosisa Dube - Teacher
Nosisa believes that every child, regardless of background or circumstances has the right to a learning environment that helps enable them to reach their full potential.
She hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology for Professional Contexts and recently completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at UNISA. Nosisa has worked with foundation phase children for the past 3 years as a Play-facilitator and Play-based learning programme designer for Play Africa. Working with Play Africa helped her realize the importance of integrating play into learning in order to foster healthy brain and physical development in young children.
She has also worked in the Higher Education sector for The Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria where she acquired a vast set of skills including administration, student counselling, and programme coordination.
Dimakatso Monareng - Teacher's Assistant
Dimakatso has been working at Streetlight for a year now. She enjoys seeing students fulfill their daily goals within the classroom. She believes that a quality classroom environment in which students feel valued and respected will help them enjoy learning more.
Dimakatso is studying Early Childhood Development and plans to further her education to become a qualified teacher.
Aqueela Ahmed - Teacher
Aqueela firmly believes that every child is entitled to respect and an enriching learning experience. She aspires to motivate children to discover their inner abilities and strengths, and develop lessons that will inspire them to reach their optimum potential.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education specializing in Foundation Phase at the University of the Witwatersrand where she majored in early childhood development.
Aqeela is outgoing and enthusiastic with an undying passion for children and education. She understands the value of learning beyond just obtaining results and is willing to exert herself in all instances to earn the trust and respect of learners, colleagues, and parents/guardians, as well as to succeed and qualify as a leading teacher in South Africa.