School Leadership


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School Leadership


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Our School and Instructional leaders shape a strong school culture and champion a rigorous and high expectations instructional environment.

Receive leadership coaching across multiple dimensions including instructional leadership, culture leadership and people leadership. Whether you are new on the leadership journey or you have been a leader for many years, you will receive coaching and development as much as you coach others - you never stop growing as a leader at Nova Pioneer.

We develop you more intensively as a leader than anywhere else

You’ll have lots of colleagues who are in the same boat and are facing the same challenges as you are. You will get to learn from them, lean on them for moral support and inspiration as well as draw on their ideas. You walk your leadership journey as part of a community.

You’re not alone - you’re part of a powerful network

Culture is at the core of all Nova Pioneer Schools and helps us to build a community of growth, joy of learning and high expectations where we work together to achieve our mission. You’ll get the training and coaching needed to lead and build intentional culture in your school.

Lead and build intentional culture in your school

Some schools want their leaders to focus on budgeting and operations to run the school efficiently. We care about these things too because we believe in excellence but we place more focus on developing people and culture. To support you in your mandate of building great instruction, great schools and great culture, you are supported by a network team that reduces your administrative burden.

We seek aspiring leaders, not administrators

We provide professional development and support across various levels and areas of school leadership

  • School Leader

    School Leaders are the headmasters of Nova Pioneer schools. One of their core responsibilities is establishing and nurturing an extremely strong and vibrant school culture consistent with Nova Pioneer’s core culture principles. They are also responsible for teacher development and helping to build a pipeline of homegrown local teacher talent that produces master teachers and great instructional leaders over time. In addition to being an instructional and culture leader, School Leaders also lead community engagement and parent partnership. They foster the Nova Pioneer reputation in the community and engage with parents and create the best possible learning environment for every student.

  • Dean of Instruction

    Our Deans of Instruction are similar to Assistant Principals in other schools and they are dedicated to teacher growth and instructional excellence. Deans also support the School Leader in nurturing an extremely strong and vibrant school culture consistent with Nova Pioneer’s core culture principles. However, their primary focus is teacher development. Drawing on support from instructional leaders on Nova Pioneer’s network team, Deans create a professional development “machine” inside the school: deliberate practice routines and management habits that stretch teachers professionally and give them higher quality, more intensive coaching than they can get anywhere else.

  • Dean of Students

    Deans of Students are champions for the health, wellness and achievement of our students. They ensure that we are fostering a caring culture in our schools and providing students with the emotional, academic and physical support they need to be successful. They build relationships with teammates and parents to facilitate academic and discipline strategies and work closely with data systems to ensure and develop pastoral excellence.

  • Master Teacher

    Master Teachers at Nova Pioneer are educators who just love being in the classroom. They have honed their teaching practice such that they are able to model what great teaching and learning looks like for other teachers. They coach and mentor other teachers and are custodians of innovative practice.

Meet our leaders


Tobias Otieno Obura

Tobias Otieno Obura

"I am inspired by the fact that we are very intentional about giving every member of the Nova Pioneer community support, encouragement and opportunity to become a better version of themselves."
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Nneamaka Enechi

Nneamaka Enechi

"I am inspired by the teachers I work with at Nova Pioneer. Their commitment to provide the best for all their learners is nothing short of impressive."
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Claudia Pienaar

Claudia Pienaar

"You can be in education anywhere in the world, but to truly make a difference, implement change and be the change you want to see in education, you need to be with like-minded people."
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