Lauren is a Co-founder and our acting Principal at Kingfisher Lake – she is also the Class Teacher for Lower KS2 (Grades 3 & 4) and a stable source of growth and administrative guidance. A person of many hats and passions, Lauren received her BA in Fine Arts and English at the University of Natal, South Africa (2003), and complemented this achievement with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education through UNISA (2011).
She is an active mother of three and passionate about family, community and especially our school. She leads with a calm determination and infuses her love of nature, art and the beauty of life into her classroom. You can find her teaching by the lake, running around the lake, or living by the lake – there is a theme here. Lauren puts her heart into the school and the kids that pass through it and is highly invested in the effort to grow them into globally accountable, mindful and passionate individuals.
Aaron joined the Kingfisher Lake family in 2017 and is the Lead Teacher for our Upper KS2 curriculum (Grades 5 & 6) as well as a history and science subject-teacher for our seniors classes. He holds a BA in International Relations with a Double Minor in English Literature and Italian Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, USA (2004) and a Postgraduate Advertising and Marketing Certificate from DePaul University, USA (2013), as well as a TEFL/TESL certification (2020).
Bringing a wealth of corporate and non-profit experience to the classroom – Aaron worked professionally in ad sales for years and later on rural development initiatives in Southern Africa – he instructs with real-world success metrics in mind. He assists our students’ transition from theory to application, focusing on developing critical thinking skills and student-driven independence that translates to the formation of life-long learning. Aaron imbues an infectious enthusiasm and keen interest to his lessons and helps ignite students’ passion for knowledge.
We’re very pleased and fortunate to introduce Juliet to our staff repertoire. Joining our team in 2022 with over 15 years of teaching experience, Juliet brings a perfect blend of passion, experience and a no-nonsense attitude to compliment our seniors program as the Lead Teacher for our KS4 curriculum and as a subject teacher (specializing in English and Geography) for our UpperKS2 and KS3 pupils. She’s an integral part of our high school program, and since it commenced the same year she joined our team, we look forward to watching them grow together.
Hailing from South Africa, she earned a BA in English and Geography in her hometown at the University of Johannesburg, complemented with a PGCE FET (Further Education Training) specializing in high school education. After years of teaching at both public and private schools in SA, she relocated to Moscow and gained a wealth of life-experience teaching at international schools (Cambridge and IB curriculums), where she also continued practicing her love of ballet. Juliet thrives being a class teacher and we’re thrilled to have her as a member of the Kingfisher family and our growing beach community as well.
Arleto ‘Macuacua’ Madaucane
Arleto (who prefers Professor Macuacua on campus) has been our Foreign Language Teacher since Kingfisher Lake’s inception, specializing in Portuguese for all grade levels (from R to Grade 10). Macuacua has a natural rapport with children and possesses patience, compassion and professionalism in abundance. His fatherly guidance to each pupil and the respect he offers in each interaction speak to his commitment to a higher standard of conduct. Professor Macuaucua is a wonderful example of kindness, honesty and humility for students to aspire to.
He holds a degree in Teaching – certified from Grades 1 to 12 – from ADPP College in Inhambane, Mozambique (2012) and has completed his Masters in English from Maxixe University (2022). Teaching in Portuguese, English and Gitonga (the local language of our province), Macuacua artfully blends language and learning in a fun and approachable way.
Agatha Nharadzo Macuiana
Originally from Zimbabwe, Agatha has been living in Mozambique since 2018 and moved to Inhambane (from Maputo) in 2021, with her two small children, to be our Grade 2 teacher. We’re delighted to have her as a member of our diverse staff. She has a lovingly warm nature and brings a sense of calm clarity to her lessons, creating a safe learning environment for her pupils to grow and thrive within.
She earned a BS in Urban Development and Management (2013) from Great Zimbabwe University and has a wealth of public and private teaching experience having been a class teacher at various institutions since 2016. She has a passion for teaching and parenting and a palpable thirst for expanding her educational repertoire through experience-based scholastics.
Filomena ‘Memma’ Matsinhe
Known affectionately as Memma – Filomena has been our exceptionally calm Preschool Bumble Bee Class (18 mo – 3 yr) Primary Caregiver since 2016. She exudes patience, gracious understanding, and wears unconditional affection like a uniform: she is the peace that soothes the fiercest of terrible-two tantrums.
An attentively skillful mother of three and experienced professional caregiver (up to age 5), Filomena has a wealth of expertise in infant and early childhood ministrations. She’s an integral part of our early foundations program in Preschool and a cherished member of the Kingfisher Lake family.
Bento Vasco Nhabau
Bento is a new, and vibrant, addition to our staff. Homegrown in Inhambane, he brings an amazing energy to campus and is a wonderful example of a local life-long learner. Boasting a breadth of interests, from music and art to travel and language translations, Bento brings a lot to the team and we’re so pleased to have him join the Kingfisher family as a member of our Foreign Language teaching department as well as an integral part of our Sports and Arts initiatives.
After completing high school, Bento attended the English College (Institute de Linguas Inhambane) and graduated in 2018. He then continued his education through the University Save (Maxixe), where he received his teaching degree complimented with a professional translation from Portuguese to English certificate. He is passionate about cultural exchange, music, nature, art and growing into an exceptional teacher.
Sara has been with Kingfisher Lake since 2019 and is the Grade 1 Class Teacher as well as an integral asset as an experienced pediatrics counselor, to our pupil’s mental fitness. She renders a fusion of order and creativity to skillfully guide learners’ transition into a more formal academic space after Preschool; Sara has an open-heart-and-mind policy to everything she does.
She earned a BS in Sociology from Great Zimbabwe University (2013), complimented with a Master in Population and Demography (2020) from her alma mater as well. Sara has extensive experience at international schools across Southern Africa, a calling to promote discourse surrounding women’s issues, and a drive to develop a socially conscience, tolerant, and caring culture at Kingfisher Lake. We’re very blessed to have her as part of our Kingfisher Lake family.
Sasha joined Kingfisher Lake in 2016 and is the acting Department Head for our Preschool program and the Class Teacher for Grade R (Years 4-5). She obtained a National Diploma in Early Childhood Development from the Compass Academy of Learning (2019) and is certified to teach English as a second language (2020). She was instrumental in developing several international preschool initiatives during her time working in hospitality management and has a genuine passion for nurturing foundation-age learning.
Sasha is a loving and determined professional, always willing to support those around her. She leads the Preschool with a servant’s heart, dedicating herself to growing a team that cares for our youngest members of Kingfisher Lake’s student body. Her passion for nature, children and the arts fuel her activities and awakens her pupil’s imaginative potential.
Lionete Francisco Nuvunga
Lionete is a member of our Preschool team and joined Kingfisher Lake’s staff in 2022, when she relocated from her hometown of Maputo to Inhambane with her family. She brings a breadth of experience with young pupils, having worked at several primary schools in Maputo (specializing in grades 1 to 5) as well as raising two daughters. Possessing a balanced disposition accented with a gracious smile and endless affection for kids, she has quickly become an invaluable asset for our Preschool program.
Lionete has a degree in early childhood development and education, earned in 2011 from the Direcção Provincial Gênero Criança e Acção Social, and a BS in computer science (2009). She is an avid life-long learner (currently tackling English with gusto) and leans on faith, family, friends and fauna – she loves plants to fill her days. We’re so pleased to have her as part of the team.
Munyaradzi Sheron Ruzayi
Sheron recently joined our staff, relocating from Maputo, in 2022 to assist in our Preschool program and we’re thrilled to introduce her as part of our Kingfisher family. Born in Manica but raised in Zimbabwe, Sheron speaks Portuguese, English and Shona fluently. She has an infectious smile, a work ethic worthy of emulation, and a true passion for young pupils that shines.
Sheron earned a Psychology and Teaching Methodology degree (2011) and is currently complementing that with a Business Management degree (she’s in her 3rd year of the program). Teaching since 2012, she has a depth of experience at international schools and is a huge asset to our team. She loves teaching through play and assisting our early development pupils to learn, thrive and grow into accountable and mindful students.
Roland joined Kingfisher in 2022 as the Director for our Music Department, teaching our youngest to oldest pupils to experience, appreciate and perform. He brings music to life, encouraging the kids from day 1 to sing, play instruments and record albums as a class at his music studio – Bom Dia Studio (based in Inhambane). He is the co-founder of Positivo Mozambique, an international organization fostering social and health-awareness education and discourse through music, media and the arts. He is also the proud father of one of our Kingfisher preschoolers.
Roland has a BS from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Vienna (Austria) but his passion for music began as an adolescent when he self-taught guitar, drums and music production. He moved to Mozambique in 2006 working on environmental projects and fell in love with the people, culture and landscape – deciding to move his music studio to inhambane from Vienna seemed natural.
Since then, he’s formed several local bands and, when he’s not teaching, he’s producing and recording international and Mozambican artists just up the road from Kingfisher. We’re blessed to have him as part of our staff.