A Note from Our Head of School
Experience to date, qualifications, ambition for your school.
I did my undergraduate studies at Kenyatta University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree with a focus on English and French. Thereafter, I enroled at Syracuse University to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing which eventually led me to be a graduate of the Literacy Education PhD program at Syracuse University in New York.
I kickstarted my career as an English and French teacher at a public school in Nairobi, and later on became an on-air literature instructor for a refugee radio station in Ngara, Tanzania. While pursuing my graduate studies at Syracuse, I taught university courses within the school and also worked as a Writing Consultant at the Syracuse University Writing Center and as a Literacy Camp Director for a youth literacy camp in New York.
Why did you choose Nova Pioneer?
Looking back, Nova Pioneer was an obvious choice for me. I spent years in the US teaching pre service teachers and working with them in schools to implement best educational practices. When I came back home to Kenya, it was refreshing to find a school that was committed to upholding excellence in Kenyan education through an inquiry based curriculum that puts students at the center of the learning process. I wanted to be a part of this educational revolution, to help steer education in our country in a more positive direction. I wanted to see students flourish and grow, in academics, in character, in leadership, and in innovation. The Nova Pioneer mission is a mission that I deeply believe in, and that I am fully invested in pursuing for our students and our continent.
What is important in your role as head of school?
First and foremost, I prioritize the achievement of every student’s highest potential. I work closely with teachers and other members of staff to ensure that every student receives the support that they need to attain three things: Academic excellence, Growth in Character, Innovation and Leadership. As Nova Pioneer educators and administrators, we are guided by our six culture principles. We uphold the same levels of High Expectations that we require of our students. Our teachers display as much Joy of Learning as they would like for the students to have. We walk the talk.We lead by example. We believe that every individual has great potential, and it is our responsibility to support them in bringing that out and shining their light to make the work a better and brighter place. Success to me, is when our students successfully complete their four years at Nova Pioneer and emerge as the all rounded Leaders and Innovators that will take Africa to the next level.
What are some of the achievements that your students have had?
This is essentially what wakes me up each morning, it is very rewarding to see Nova Pioneer students stand out for all the best reasons. Their confidence is unmatched, because they believe that their voices and contributions are valued. Within our first two years of existence, we have had students participate and win several awards and gain recognition in academic competitions (such as Chemistry, Math, Kiswahili, History), tech and innovation competitions, debate, writing competitions, drama, music, swimming, basketball, football, and so on. Each student comes to us uniquely gifted, and we provide the support, guidance, and mentorship needed to help them grow and thrive. Our students have also participated in a number of international experiences, including leadership camps, educational camps, science camps, student exchanges with our South African schools and African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU). Locally, we have a Nova Pioneer Learning Initiatives team that pairs students with internship and job shadowing opportunities in various companies including Kenya Bureau of Standards, The Nairobi Hospital, The Judiciary, Nestle to name but a few. We also have a Post School Success team that supports students as they explore university options and success beyond the four years that they spend with us.