ANGELS CARE TEACHING STAFF
Our celebrated Principal since 2016, we live and learn by the examples of our leaders.
“I am a trained primary school teacher, being at Port Shepstone Pre Primary School since 1999. I was fortunate to be counselled and mentored under highly respected Educationist in Kwa-Zulu Natal. I was the hostel superintendent and Grade 7 leader for numerous years. I moved into the corporate world in 2007, to return to my roots in 2014. I was delighted to be offered the position of Principal at Thembelihle Primary School in 2015. In 2016 I joined Angels’ CareCentre as Principal of the
School, and currently run both organisations. Working with learners from disadvantaged communities is extremely rewarding. It is a blessing to be involved in the lives of the learners at Angels’ Care and I hope to make a positive contribution to the running of the Centre.
I am married to Sally Shaw, and we have two beautiful boys – Cameron and Warren. Sally was recently promoted to Deputy Head of Athlone Park Primary School in Pietermaritzburg. We are a strong Christian family who believes that God is fully in control of our lives and our destinies.”
Emma is our appointed Bridging Class Teacher since May 2016.
She started teaching at Thembelihle Primary School as a grade 4 educator and has since transferred to Angels’ Care as our Bridging Class teacher, spurred by the need to enable previously unschooled children by offering a helping hand to transition them into mainstream schooling.
“I am a teacher who has a calling to work with children with special needs. I believe that every child deserves the best education, regardless of his/her background. I am enjoying working with my class and my goal is to help them fulfil their ambitions through my teaching. I work for the Lord with all my heart and all my soul.
I am married with three children. I have a diploma in Primary
Education, Bachelors of Science with Honours in Special Education. I am looking forward to beginning my masters in Special Education.”
As a graduated teacher in Early Childhood Development, she furthers her studies in Intermediate and senior phases through a Bachelors in Education at UNISA. She is married with 2 children, currently living in Mpophomeni.
“I have enjoyed every moment at Angels Care as I love children very much. I have learnt so much from my fellow teachers and colleagues. We have a lovely chairperson, Mrs. Carolyn, who always makes sure our needs and the children’s needs are met.”
As a single mother of three children, Zinhle has trained in Early Childhood Development as well as previous experience working at a Christian pre- primary school in Howick. She is a quiet, loving teacher. Zinhle speaks English and Zulu and understands some Sothu.
“I love working with young kids and enjoy seeing them grow and improve their learning. I love working at Angels’ Care because I get to experience kids from different backgrounds and environments. It is a place full of love, where people are treated with respect, helping those who are needy, giving them the best.”
She studied home based care through a local institution and did practical’s through Umgeni Hospital, having then received a bursary to study Early Childhood development, completing it in 2016.
“I am so happy to be in this Centre as I am experiencing more and experiencing so much. My wish is to further my studies even more and get to know how to teach kids of an older age.”
ANGELS CARE ADMINISTRATIVE, AFTERCARE STAFF & COMMUNITY CAREGIVERS
“Having come from the corporate world in Johannesburg, I have found this position a positive challenge, juggling everyone’s needs. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the general public and their genuine concern for the wellbeing of our children. It is a privilege to be part of this awesome team, as we focus our expertise on taking care of our precious ‘Angels’, and the donations of our donors.”
Kate joined our team in August 2017 to manage our Sponsorship Programs & PR.
“Returning to KZN Midlands is a welcome reaquaintence to familiar roots after 20 years in Limpopo. In finding this opportunity to invest my skills in a worthy cause, my day is now that much brighter, humming to the tea time tunes of ‘the big fat mamba washing her cloths’ coming from the play ground.
I bring with me enthusiasm and commitment to find creative solutions for the hopeless and helpless. With my twin boys, Tristan and Ewan, and little Lily, I live the life of a mother, a friend and provider, aspiring to make a difference”.
Desmond joined Angels’ Care in January 2009 and is our After Care Supervisor and Sports Coach; along with this he is also a committed member of our Management Committee.
He assists with homework, and the planning and conducting of aftercare activities. He coaches soccer to many aspirant young boys, with his teams finding themselves competitive in the top of their league. He attended high school and has a certificate in welding and an enthusiastic vegetable grower. He currently lives in Shiyabazali informal settlement with his daughter, who is enrolled at Thembelihle Pre- primary School.
He is extremely passionate about the children and integral to our team.
“I like working at Angels’ Care with the kids and also helping people in general. I love what I do.”
Jack is our Crisis Centre Manager, attending to all issues pertaining to the crisis centre where we work to educate everyone on how to prevent child abuse and also provide medical and pshyco-social support to affected children. Jack joined us in July 2017.
He is a father of two, his son a paramedic and daughter within hospitality. Having been a member of the South African Police Service for more than 38 years, predominantly attached to the K9 unit, he was exposed to extreme circumstances surrounding active crime scenes. As such, he is experienced in handling traumatic and tragic incidents.
“In attending scenes and dealing with families, I have been enabled to become a more compassionate person.”
Nester has been preparing our Pre- schoolers nourishing food since 2009, filling their tummy’s and preparing their minds to learn. She is Mother of four and Grandmother of four.
“I am so happy cooking new and exciting food for the children, especially Phutu and Chicken Stew, it is the children’s favourite.”
She has her 1st aid certificate as well as training in home-based care. She lives in Shiyabazali Informal Settlement with her one child and two orphans that she invited into her home. Outside Angels’ Care, she teaches girls Netball, making us proud of her teams’ achievements.
“I like to help build a new future for the children, how to grow and avoid making mistakes.”
As is a young professional with experience supporting a USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health program, disseminating personal health and best hygiene practices, researching HIV/AIDS and health interventions. As Global Health Intern, she has gained experience in USAID project support, research of maternal and child health.
Ms. Weber holds a BS, Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently committed to serving in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Community HIV/AIDS Outreach Project Volunteer in South Africa until April 2019.
“My experience here thus far has been a great adventure! I’m thrilled to be working with such a dynamic organization alongside incredibly passionate, motivated people. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my time here..”
Faith lives at Angels’ Care with her 2 children offering support wherever needed. She has been with at Angels Care since 2009. She assists the Crisis Centre with victims of abuse when the need arises ensuing they are taken care of and have a warm bed to sleep in. She is involved with the Saturday morning feeding program, along with general cooking, cleaning and caretaking duties.
“I know that love and education are very important in helping children grow up to a responsible adult in our community.”
ANGELS CARE CRISIS CENTRE
She is humble, down to earth with a wealth of patience. Nontobeko is a fully qualified social worker with a passion to assist and counsel children who are victims of trauma and gender based violence thereby bringing them hope and enabling them to heal emotionally.
“I love working with children, they are close to my heart, but also I love to empower people to become whatever they wish to be in life.”
Having fantasised from a young age, the glamour of a nurse in a neat lapelled uniform with stockings, she has grown through experience and keenly aware of the challenges that present to a trauma patient, along with the opportunity she has to make a difference.
“I have a passion for working with children. Angels’ Care is the perfect platform for me in a humanitarian effort to assist those in need, to feel cared for and loved, offering support in all aspects.”
Nontobeko and Samkeliswe are our Community Caregivers at our Crisis Centre
Together they focus on educating the community on issues related to gender based violence, as well as identifying and reporting neglected and abused children. Through the Angels Care Crisis Centre, they can offer facilities in this process and on going assistance.
Both residing in the Shiyabazali Informal Settlement, they understand the challenges intimately.
“I started working at Angels’ Care in August 2015, and have a little daughter who is at Thembelihle Pre-Primary School. I have home based care and first aid. I am a very strong woman. I learn a lot from the Crisis Centre and my leaders.” – Nontobeko
“I like helping and working children in the community in all situations. I’m emotional when seeing an abused child because of the life I lived growing up..” – Samke
Thuthuka supports us on a part time basis in the Aftercare Program with homework and care, but also offering assistance and guidance with social behaviour issues. He has received training in identifying and addressing these challenges to motivate change, minimising secondary trauma that often trigger conflict within a group.
“As a social worker, we need to rectify the behaviour of children so they can focus on their future and enable them to reach success.”