Dr Allistair Witten has been involved in the field of education for almost 30 years, and has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and principal in township school in Cape Town.
Al held the position of interim director at The Principals’ Centre at Harvard University, where he was involved in leadership training and development for school leaders in the United States and across the world. He was responsible for the design and implementation of the School Leadership Initiative—a collaboration between Harvard University and the University of Johannesburg to train school and district leaders in South Africa.
Al Witten holds degrees from the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He obtained a doctorate in education at Harvard University. Al has extensive practice-based and training experience in the areas of school leadership and management; organizational change and development; and systemic school improvement. He has, amongst others, studied under Richard Elmore and Ron Heifetz,
and worked with Peter Senge and Pedro Noguera.
The current focus of his work is on the relationship between school leadership and instructional improvement in schools.
Robyn has taught high school English, Accounting and Life Orientation at a wide range of schools and institutions including Durban Girls’ High, Maritzburg College and most recently Inanda Seminary for 15 years, and lectured in Communication Science and Accounting at Varsity College. Robyn began her teaching career as a classroom assistant and sports coach at Westbourne House, a preparatory school in Chichester, England and has a BEd from UNISA. Robyn has also completed a number of Comrades and Two Oceans marathons.
Neli holds a Junior Primary Teaching Diploma, Higher Education Diploma and a Bachelor of Education Honours. She also has 16 years of Foundation Phase teaching experience in South Africa and the UK. Neli left teaching in 2005 to work in the NGO space focussing on all aspects of language training in the Foundation Phase. She has worked in most districts in KZN, in deep rural areas and in semi urban schools. Neli is passionate about her work and teacher development and has first-hand experience that changing the mindset leads to sustainable outcomes.
Pam joins us with 36 years of teaching experience, which includes 13 years of HOD experience. She completed her Senior Primary Education Diploma from Springfield College of Education in 1984 specialising in Geography and Needlework, and then obtained a Higher Diploma in Education specialising in Geography and Mathematics. Pam has strong management skills and ran the remedial and maths programme, as well as being the cluster coordinator for maths. Pam is passionate about delivering quality education to learners and enjoys netball.
Thembeka has an honours degree in education from University of South Africa, Safety Management course, and has also completed a Facilitator and Assessor Course and is currently doing a Moderator course. Thembeka has been teaching for 13 years and has worked for various NGO advocating for gender based violence as well as working with the department of health to reduce teenage pregnancy and HIV and Aids in adolescents.
Devendra joined Edufundi in April 2020 with 37 years teaching experience, mostly in the Intermediate Phase. Deven holds a Junior Secondary Education Diploma from Springfield College of Education as well as a B.A. Degree (UDW). He has a passion for Mathematics Education and has been involved in the development of Mathematics teaching in the Tongaat cluster for many years.As a former mentee of the Edufundi Programme for 2 years, he has first -hand experience of its benefits. Deven is a qualified Level 3 cricket coach and an ‘A’ Grade cricket umpire and also enjoys social Ballroom Dancing.
Vuyo holds a Primary Teachers Diploma, Higher Diploma in Education, Bachelors of Education, an Advanced Certificate in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management and has 24 years teaching experience including being Deputy Principal and Principal. She also completed a challenging Instructional Leadership course in 2017, which helped her to gain a deeper understanding of the structure and content used by Edufundi for Teach Like A Champion presentations. Her voice of leadership and diplomacy as a principal has gained her much respect and a strong presence in the community of Gugulethu and the Western Cape. She is a strong motivator with a positive attitude who strives for perfection in her work. Vuyo is actively involved in her church as President of the Women’s Ministry Cape Region, as well as being a motivational speaker for women and youth programmes and a member of the Education Committee.
Miselwa started out as a Foundation Phase teacher in 1977 after having completed her studies at Clarkbury Training School, the University of Cape Town and UNISA. She then studied further remedial education where she became a Learning Support Facilitator. She supported teachers in remedial education and ran workshops to support them in that regard. She later became a Learning Support Adviser where she supported learner support teachers in different schools, as well as mainstream teachers to help them to identify barriers and advising them about relevant strategies to address the barriers. She also has her own private practice, where she runs Saturday classes to support learners with learning barriers from her neighbourhood in her house. Miselwa is committed to accuracy and quality.
Sylvie holds an Education Diploma (Senior Primary) and HED in Mathematics from Springfield College in KwaZulu-Natal. She has 18 years teaching experience at Senior Primary level and has a passion for Mathematics and English. She was a facilitator and assessor for six years on Seta Learnerships for Adult Learners, as well as a facilitator in creative arts for Foundation Phase educators and a mentor for mathematics educators. She’s also been a part time tutor in English and Mathematics to Primary School Learners.
Tandiwe has 21 years of teaching experience and holds a Primary Teacher Diploma, an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) and is currently studying towards a Bachelor's degree in Education. She is passionate about education and using her experiences to mentor teachers. She is looking forward to the end product and the realisation of her mentoring inputs: working towards the Edufundi mission of unlocking the potential of her mentee’s learners. She is committed to maximising individual learner performance and inspiring all learners. In her spare time Tandiwe enjoys reading and playing netball.
Josephine, also known as Joyce, holds an Advanced Certificate in Mathematics (ACE MATHS) from the University of Cape Town and has been teaching the Foundation Phase for 19 years. She has also served on the school management team as Head of Department for the Foundation Phase. She speaks English, Sotho, Xhosa, Tswana and Pedi. She loves singing and even won an award as a conductor in a music competition! She likes to be around people who are positive, who do not dwell on yesterday's mistakes, but who persevere to make their tomorrow a better one.
Karin has a Junior Primary Teachers’ Diploma and HDE from Cape Town College of Education and 15 and a half years teaching experience as a Foundation Phase Teacher in the employment of the WCED. She has taught at schools in both the Metropole South and Central. She also spent two years teaching between two International schools, an IB World School and a combined English/Portuguese school, in Luanda Angola. She has teaching experience from Preparatory to Year 6 in various roles: class teacher, learning support, English as an Additional Language and as a one to one learning partner within the classroom. Karin enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as reading, traveling and being creatively engaged.
Loveness holds a Bachelors Degree in Education, Honours in Mathematics, Bachelor in Education, and Diploma in Education. Currently she is a first year Masters student in Mathematics Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has 16 years of teaching experience, and has been teaching Mathematics, Natural Science and English to learners from Grade 4 to Grade 9. She is also an active member of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA)
Christine studied towards Primary Teacher’s Diploma (PTD) and furthered her studies by doing Bachelor of Education specialising in Intermediate Phase. She also studied Bachelor of Education Honours in Whole School Development. Christine has 33 years of teaching experience and served as the Deputy Principal for 29 years. She has a vast experience in managerial position in schools and believes that all learners have potential to learn. Christina has first-hand insight in to the mentoring programme as she was formerly mentored by Sylvie in the Western Cape.
Unathi studied towards Bachelor of Social Sciences (majoring in Organisational Psychology and Industrial and Economic Sociology) from Rhodes University. He furthered his studies by completing Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGCE Intermediate Phase) at Rhodes University and also studied towards Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership at Nelson Mandela University. He has 8 years teaching experience, teaching Grade 4 and Grade 5 Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Technology. His research interest is instructional leadership. Unathi believes that all learners have a potential to learn if conducive environment is created for them to learn. Unathi was previously mentored by Prof Bill when Edufundi was then Edupeg.
Neliswa was born in the small town called Tsolo Eastern Cape and studied her Teacher’s Diploma at Lumko College of Education (SPTD). She further studied at University of Stellenbosch doing Curriculum Studies and also studied towards Advance Certificate in Education (ACE) specialising in Technology at Rhodes University. She holds a Bachelor of Education Honours in Educational Management at Tshwane University of Technology and has 18 years of teaching experience teaching all learning arears in the Foundation Phase. Neliswa is also a qualified Facilitator and Assessor.
Education), Certification as an assessor, has HIV/AIDS Project Management training, and Basic Business Skills training. Vuyo has 23 years of teaching experience, is fluent in English and isiXhosa and has been working with Edufundi since July 2007.
Linda has 25 years of experience in the Foundation Phase. She attained her Diploma in Primary Teaching in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication Studies in 2003 in Zimbabwe. She relocated to South Africa in 2008 and taught for 2 years at Mahlasedi Primary School in the Foundation Phase. She then joined Read Educational Trust as a coach for teachers in Literacy and Numeracy in the Gauteng Primary Literacy and Mathematics Strategy (GPLMS) programme which lasted for 3 years. She is currently doing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, majoring in Teaching English as a Second Language with Concordia University in America through distance learning. She is expecting to complete it in September 2015.
Brighton has a Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe, a certificate in Chartered Institute of Secretaries (CIS) Programme 1 from UNISA, an NQF Level 6 Certificate in Mentor School Management and Manage Mentoring Programmes in Schools from ETDP SETA Johannesburg South Africa. He is also currently studying towards CIS Programme 2 with UNISA. Brighton has over eight years of school teaching experience and has taught English, Mathematics and Natural Sciences in both the Foundation and Intermediate Phase. He worked in the Maths Centre and the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance as a coach in the Gauteng Primary Literacy Mathematics Strategy (GPLMS). Furthermore, he is passionate about education and has a vision and commitment to enhance the learning and teaching of English and Mathematics in schools. He is married and has been blessed with two beautiful daughters.