Filomena Inacio Matsinhe

Known affectionately as ‘Memma’ – is 31 years old and has an absolute love and passion for children. A mother of two, she is exceptionally calm and patient and displays a natural rapport that children gravitate towards. Memma has a fun, bubbly disposition and nothing is ever too much trouble for her.

Memma completed primary and high school and has also completed a computer studies course.

She has five years of experience working as a private nanny for two families with children aged newborn up to five years.

She now joins u at Kingfisher Lake as the assistant in the preschool.

Sasha Ochse

Sasha grew up in Johannesburg but managed to escape. Apart from her on-going studies in early childhood development she has a Diploma in Hotel Management which has allowed her to work in South Africa, Australia, Cyprus and Botswana where she has learned through working with different cultures and nationalities.

She ran a children’s program at the world renowned Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa as well as introducing a community project with rural school children in the Okavango delta of Botswana.

She is highly dedicated, incredibly patient and sensitive to the needs of others and has a pure love for working with children and seeing to their needs.

Sasha is a competent first aider and an avid conservationist. Her hobbies include kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Elis Carina

Elis was born in Inhambane, and grew up in Maputo she worked at Optica da Polana for three years while studying Human Resources at Universidade Pedagogica.

Elis then moved to Cape Town to pursue her studies receiving a Diploma in Early Childhood Development through the College of Cape Town, and later a B/ Tech in Public Relations at Cape Peninsula at University of Cape Town, while gaining experience in both volunteer work through internship and as an Au Pair.

Elis had unique experiences with young learners and is now back home to share them with children from all over the world. Being a proud mother of two, when not spending quality time with her family, Elis can be found baking – that is certainly her second passion.

Inês Fernandes

Inês was born and grew up in Lisbon. Her great passion for sport started at a very young age, which made her take the course of Physical Education and Sport Teacher at the Faculdade Lusófona in Lisbon. After completing her course, she set out on a new experience that brought her to Mozambique in 2005. She taught at the French school in Maputo for a year, developed a gymnastics project for children, which led her to become a Mozambique National Coach of Artistic Gymnastics.  Furthermore she mounted her own project of Nature Activities for children (Equilibriumoz).

In 2014, she embraced a two-year adventure in Cape Verde where she taught Physical Education and Gymnastics at the French School of Praia and worked on developing a social project for two Cape Verdean communities.

Her passion for sport is transmitted to her students through different modalities and educational games, where the motto is Physical Education is part of our lives and with it we will become full human beings!

Arleto Morgado Lambo Madaucane

Arleto Morgado Lambo Madaucane (known affectionately to the children as Professor Macuacua) has been teaching for five years in Mozambique. He has completed his Professional Studies in Teaching (grades one to seven) at ADPP College in Inhambane, Mozambique.

He has experience in teaching on an international level and has taught children from different backgrounds and nationalities. He teaches in Portuguese, Gitonga as well as English.

He has a natural rapport with children and thus possesses a wonderful ability in guiding and teaching them. He is always willing to go the extra mile to help his learners.

In his day to day living he strives to be an honest, humble and respected member of the community.

Lauren Hosie

Lauren has been teaching for six years in South Africa, having completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Natal and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education through UNISA. She majored in Fine Arts and English, also completing the full three years of Zulu as a second language. She is driven by a passion for children, animals, nature and a spirit of adventure which is what has led her to embrace the challenge of running an independent school of outstanding quality in Mozambique, far from the madding crowds.

Lauren specializes in teaching senior primary (key stage 2) but is qualified and has experience in teaching to year nine. She has also taught grade R and years one and two. At a previous school, she helped to establish a culture of health and fitness, with a rigorous daily training program for staff and pupils, which culminated in a number of mile swims, triathlons and half-marathons. Lauren has trained as a swimming coach in Natal and has completed two Wildlife and Game Management courses in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. She is also an accomplished horsewoman and artist.

It is with her enthusiasm and experience in these fields that she would like to see Kingfisher Lake grow into a one-of-a-kind learning experience, inspired by nature. She hopes that pupils will emerge as confident, accountable, caring individuals who can pave the way to a healthier planet.

Aaron Catrett

Aaron Catrett teaches our year 5 & 6 students. He is a lateral-entry educator residing in Tofo and hailing from the United States. He has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in International Studies and minoring in English. Before becoming a teacher, Aaron worked as a sales executive for digital media companies including Yahoo!, IDG Publishers, and Wikia and as a writer and coordinator for development projects in partnership with IDGC and the United Nations University. He brings a breadth of applicable real-world experience, a hunger for knowledge, and an enthusiasm for education.

Aaron encourages the kids to embrace curiosity and equips them with the skills to achieve understanding. Blending project based learning techniques, traditional chalkboard grit, and innovative learning initiatives, he engages his students and fuels their desire to learn.

Tammi Burger

Tammi was born in South Africa and grew up with a passion for music from a young age. After completing school at The Wykeham Collegiate under a full music scholarship, she completed an Honours degree in Music and Drama and a Masters in Sound. After a gap year working aboard a cruise ship she thought travel had peaked her interest and became one of Student Flights top travel agents. Realising her passion was more for the sea than travel she took on a Yachtmasters and started working aboard traditional yachts and ships. She then spent 12 years delivering vessels around the world, sailing, shipyards and singing in various countries. Antarctic voyages, Asian cyclones, boatbuilding in Sulawesi and busking to the top of Mt Annapurna.

Feeling somewhat weathered she retired to hospitality in Mozambique for a season. Having found a niche in this small town she began teaching music and guitar privately and taking on substitute positions for the school which, have now resulted in a full time, fun loving, wildly quirky and passionate teacher.

Sara Rodrigues

Sara was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She holds a Master’s Science Degree in Demography and Population Studies from Great Zimbabwe University. She started her teaching career in 2012 as a relief teacher in government schools . Sara moved to Mozambique , Maputo in 2015 and taught there in various schools and different levels from KS 1 to KS 3. 2019 June, she took a huge step and moved to Inhambane to be part of our school. Sara has counseling skills which she applies daily as she works with the kids.

Her desire is not just to raise kids who are able to read and write but to produces individuals who are confident, independent most of all individuals who accept diversity, differences with respect and love for one another. Sara is so passionate about women and girls. Her vision is to see a world where women and girls are valued, respected and appreciated.

Clarise Bezuidenhout

Clarise was born in South Africa. She grew up with a love for nature and travel. As a young adult human rights’ issues, equity and development piqued her interest and she qualified with a degree in International Relations.

Her passion for education blossomed when she spontaneously took a maternity post at a school 2013.

Here she joined the 21st Century education revolution, and never thought of anything else!

Bringing together her love for sustainable human development and the possibilities that exist in the 21st Century, she now channels her passion and drive into helping schools and learners transform their approach to education. She advocates for student-centered learning, project based learning and holistic child development.