Micheal Goodman has been working in education for over 25 years in teaching, authoring, teacher education and publishing roles. He has a Master’s Degree in English Education and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in South Africa. He is passionate about the role technology can play in achieving the good education that all children deserve and the world needs.

Micheal is the Group Knowledge Manager of a leading southern African educational publishing house, Via Afrika. He believes that a good education for children affects all our lives and it is his purpose to find ways to achieve that.

Micheal is a regular speaker at conferences and digital education shows, as well as being the representative face of the company for television and radio interviews in the area of digital education


Eden Daniels has been involved in education for the past 25 years, 21 of  which have been in school management as Head of Department at 2 primary schools as well deputy principal at both  a high school and a primary school. She is currently the principal of Heerengracht Primary School in Eldorado Park Johannesburg.

She has been involved in developmental programmes , workshops and conferences for various organisations such as unions, district circuits, higher educational institutions ,schools and  companies. Training for teachers and school leaders has been a passion of hers for 10 years. She also serves as executive member of the Eldorado Park Principals’ Forum.

She has conducted several radio interviews on burning issues in education.

Her quailifications : Honours Degree in Inclusive Education (UNISA )

Advanced Qualificaion in School Management (University of Johannesburg)


Dr Nkosiyephana Wilfred Msomi was born in Estcourt 57 year ago. He started his professional journey at Madadeni Training College in 1979 and completed in 1980 where she was awarded with a Primary Teachers Certificate. He had a passion to improve himself professionally. He furthered his studies by completing the following courses  with distinctions: Doctor of Education in 2011, Masters in Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

In 2011 he obtained position 1 in the National Teaching Awards, Lifetime Achievement category and position 2 at National level.

He has presented at various workshops in these  topics: Alternatives to corporal punishment, the school as an employer and many more.

For his Doctoral Studies, his research topic was: The Learning processes teachers in rural schools engage in when implementing policies. The aim was  to recommend the strategies teachers could use to effectively implement policies including IQMS in schools.

Presently he is the principal of Colenso Primary School in KwaZulu Natal.
‘Building relationships and caring for learners is the way to go’


Dr. Umziuvukile James Tshatshu, passionately known as Doc U.J. was previously employed as a Post Level 1 teacher at Thuto Thebe and Borakanelo Secondary Schools, Deputy Principal at Obang High School and Kakatlela Primary School, Principal at Houtvolop Primary and Kelesedi High School.

Doc U.J. coordinated the North West University ACE (Advanced Certificate in Education Qualification) programme from 2007 to 2009. In addition he was Head of Division for Part time Studies (Business and Engineering Division) and Acting Campus Manager at Vuselela FET College.

He was also the District Teacher Development Institute Centre Manager in Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District in the North West Province.

In 2019 he was employed by SACE (South African Council for Educators) as a Provincial CPTD (Continuous Professional Teacher Development System) Coordinator for the Western Cape Province.

He obtained BA in 1991 at Vista University, BA Hons in 1995 at Potchefstroom University, and completed BED Hons at Stellenbosch University in 2007. In 2008; he obtained MA Degree in Development and Management at the North West University. In 2017 he graduated for a Doctoral Degree in Education Law and Policy at the Central University of Technology (Free State).


Currently principal of Laudium Secondary School and his been in the teaching profession for 34 years and has taught from grade 2 to grade 12.

Seconded to the Department of Basic Education from 1 October 2014 – 2016, by the Minister of Education, Ms. Angie Motshekga as the South African Principals Association designate for the Induction and Mentorship of Principals.

Daya Chetty was previously principal of Jacaranda Primary School and the Rosina Sedibane Sports school.

He is currently president of the South African Principal’s Association (SAPA) in Gauteng.

Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the United States Government to study at the University of Pennsylvania. (SETI) 2nd Position in the National Teacher’s Award in 2012 for Excellence in Secondary School Leadership.

Part-Time lecturer – Law in Education at University of Pretoria (Bed) honours group.

First South African principal to have an article published in the International Confederation of principal’s Journal in August 2011 topic “Is Cyberbullying Prevalent in our schools.”


Yandiswa is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Pretoria’s Business School, GIBS. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the University of  Witwatersrand. She also holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the same university. She is currently a Head of School at Arrow Academy, Centurion & is an avid Educationalist, having taught English for a few years at Rosebank Primary School in Johannesburg. She’s passionate about high-quality education for all children and advocates for consistent provision of quality education at scale.

Yandiswa is married to Mduduzi Radebe and is a mother of three beautiful children, Nqaba, Qhawe & Qhama.


Francois Moll is principal of York High School in George. He has been principal long enough to make several mistakes which he is sharing at this conference – frankly why they keep him on is anybody’s guess! He has lectured at Conferences in the US, the UK, Mexico and Poland on topics ranging from thinking skills to writing logical academic essays. He believes in the Arts, the power of children and the love of animals. Francois is on the Western Cape Exco of SAPA and writes weekly on various matters for principals. He is a musician who loves the fire in children’s eyes but hates liver, bullies and the snakepit of school politics – not necessarily in that order. He is married to a Counselling Psychologist, has two amazing children and three unruly dogs.


Dr Melodie de Jager is the founder of the Mind Moves Institute and author of ground breaking programmes and books on preconceptual care, birth, child development, learning, leadership and quality of life – irrespective of age.

Melodie regularly hosts workshops, is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and much in demand as a keynote speaker. Her true passion is the empowerment of disadvantaged communities through quality education.

B.Prim.Ed / B.Ed Psych / M.Ed Psych / D.Phil
Mother / Author/ Developmental Specialist/ Keynote Speaker



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