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Executives


  • Jana du Plooy CEO

    Jana started her career by graduating with a LLB degree from Stellenbosch University before qualifying as an Attorney…

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  • Barbara Lee CFO

    Barbara has a significant track record in public sector management consulting including long term projects with the Western and Eastern Cape.

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  • Dr Abraham De Villiers Head of Education

    Abraham has worked in urban education his entire career. As an educator in an urban setting, his primary focus was to provide an excellent education to underprivileged students from low-income communities.

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Operations


  • Faiza Osman Head of Operations

    Faiza Osman joined Acorn Education in October 2020 as Head of Operations. She believes determination and perseverance is the key to accomplishing your dreams and goals.

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  • Belinda Rhodes Operations Coordinator

    Belinda joined Acorn Education in April 2017. Belinda brings with her extensive work experience across various industries.

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  • Alvilene Taylo van der Linde Community Liaison Officer

    Alvilene joined the Acorn Education Team in July 2019 and is currently the Community Liaison Officer.

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  • Anita Arendse HR Manager

    Anita joined Acorn Education in January 2019 as HR Manager. She is responsible for the full HR portfolio for Acorn Education.

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  • Asanda Nanise Finance Manager

    Asanda joined Acorn Education in October 2019 as Finance Manager. He has over eight years of experience working in non-profit organisations and in the private sector as a Finance Officer.

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  • Joram Chikwanda Data Analyst

    Joram is a Data Analyst at Acorn Education. He earned a Bachelor of Science Mathematics Honours Degree from Midlands State University.

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  • Shaundrey-Lee Farmer Extra Mural and Sports Coordinator

    Shaundrey-Lee Farmer joined Acorn Education as a Sports Coordinator in January 2020.

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Education


  • Sakeena Elloker Lead Instructional Teacher Coach

    Sakeena joined Acorn Education in 2017 as Lead Teacher Coach. Currently Sakeena manages and supports six instructional coaches across three schools.

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  • Madri Volschenk Learner Support Educator

    Madri has been working in the learning support field for several years. The belief that every child has the right…

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  • Celeste Abrahams Instructional Teacher Coach

    Celeste is a passionate and driven Foundation Phase Teacher Coach at Acorn Education. She joined the Acorn Education team in January 2018.

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  • Sanrie van der Westhuizen Teacher Intern Programme Manager

    Sanrie joined the Acorn Education team in March 2020 to launch the brand new Teacher Internship Programme.

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  • Elmeri van Heerden Instructional Teacher Coach

    Elmeri joined the Acorn team in August 2021 as an Instructional Coach.  She has over 13 years of experience as a teacher, Head of Department, and has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University.

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