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 and has been School Leader for Jeppe Park Primary since March 2018.
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.
Rachel Fowkes – Academic Manager
With 8 years of experience teaching and conducting professional development sessions for teachers, Rachel officially joined Streetlight in 2018 to guide curriculum design. She is passionate about developing student's inner motivation through the workshop model and inquiry-based learning.
Rachel moved to Johannesburg from the US in 2012. She has taught in Japan and in early childhood intervention programs in Pennsylvania and Virginia, and most recently she spent 3 years teaching primary school children at the American International School of Johannesburg.
Rachel holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Sociology/Anthropology and Religion and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Special Education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages from George Mason University.
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 - 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 in 2012 and his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2016. Brian has experience in sports and recreation coordination, data collection and analysis, managed integrity evaluation (MIE), and administration. He has been with Streetlight Schools from the very beginning!
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 - 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.
Phetogo Dire - Tutor
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 - School Administrator
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 - Teacher Assistant
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.
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.
Florence Tshabalala - Teacher Assistant
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.
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.
Refiloe Lesutu: School Operations Manager
A School Operation manager of Streetlight schools, Started working for Street light schools a year ago as Receptionist, has a Diploma in Office management and Technology. I have had the opportunity to work in a school environment particularly Primary school level for most of my career and I have loved every moment of it. I believe in Integrity, and doing what I love, in my case, my love for kids and Education, Making a difference in kids’ lives and being part of the most important milestone which is the foundation phase. I have learned a lot from Streetlight schools and I’m really enjoying my stay here.
Heidi L. Augestad - Founding School Leader
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.
Busisiwe Sokhulu - Cleaner
I am a cleaner at Streetlight Schools and grew up in KZN. I previously worked at Bidvest and I feel very blessed to work where my child goes to school.
Esther Mwedzi - Teacher
Teacher Esther is an enthusiastic, self motivated and hard working educator who enjoys working with kids, taking care of their academic, social and psychological needs which she believes it brings out the totality of a child.
Gamuchirai Mupondi - Teacher
My name is Gamuchirai Mupondi. I am 37 years old. My home language is Shona. I am married with 3 kids. I have a Diploma in Education and 13 years of teaching experience. Teaching is my passion. I am teaching Literacy in grade 2. My hobbies are reading, sports and praying. My favourate colours are red, white and black. What I hate most is parting
Florence Makole - Junior Teacher
I am Florence Mokhalabone, a newly qualified foundation phase teacher working at Streetlight Schools. I teach Grade 2 and Grade 3, Theme and Art. I am currently enrolled for my Masters in Childhood Education, majoring in science education. My passion is centered on inquiry-based teaching and learning and exploring effective ways that can be implemented in the classroom to improve learning. Over the past years, I have acquired skills and abilities in preparation and presentation of lessons, taking into consideration CAPS requirements, application of different learning strategies appropriate to teaching content for the primary school learners, critical thinking skills to reflect on all stages of planning, use different forms of assessing learner outcomes and allowing for barriers to learning and expanded opportunities, and also the ability to use different teaching aids effectively. In addition, I have acquired and improved my interpersonal, strategic thinking, problem solving, communication and stress management skills in respect of handling and interacting with students and staff members from working as a senior tutor for the Faculty of Childhood Education, University of Johannesburg. I look forward to learning and growth at Streetlight Schools.
Oageng - Intern
I am a hard worker who is not afraid of new challenges when it comes to work, a committed and passionate educator. A quick learner who can work under pressure with working with various age groups in the school. I believe that strength of character and the search for opportunity are product of initiatives and innovation, my abilities will enable me to stand proud and unafraid of professional teaching to be resourceful, creative and able to relate to human beings. I am quite willing to go extra mile and readily identify the positives in my daily teaching experience. While am new to the teaching profession am very eager to learn and expand my professional knowledge of teaching
Tholokuhle Coetzee - Teacher Assistant
I am a Tutor at Streetlight schools. I love teaching and spending time with the students. I learn something new each day from them and I am very proud that I can make a difference in their lives. I currently obtain a Level 4 ECD and plan on further studying to become a qualified teacher.
Mbali Gxumisa - Intern
My name is Mbali Gxumisa and I am 25 years old. I was born in the Eastern Cape at Mount Frere and currently staying in Johannesburg (Pimville).
I am a very kind and hardworking person who is passionate to work with young kids from different backgrounds. I believe in humanity, respect and love. (Ubuntu)
I completed my grade 12 in 2016 at Aurora Girls High School and currently studying level 5 in Early childhood development at Sparrow FET College.