Joeline Alexander, recently appointed as new principal of Credence Primary School in Heidedal, values servant leadership and will be focusing on further promoting a positive school culture at Credence.
“I hope to make a contribution by living out the vision of Credence and in doing so, improve the lives of learners; supporting the staff, investing in building their capacity and building respectful and trusting relationships. This school should become the best place for everyone to learn and grow. This is why I value the notion of servant leadership,” she explained.
Alexander said she intends to make a concerted effort by involving teachers, the school management teams, the school governing body, learners and the community to take the school into a new strategic direction. “As a leader I should attract, believe and connect with the Credence staff, parents and school community. Credence’s excellent reputation in the community should be maintained and improved.”
She explained she also wants to tap into the knowledge, skills and expertise of the teachers and support staff so that together they can reinforce their commitment towards learners’ success, welfare and safety and in the process, promote an inviting school climate and quality education at Credence.
Alexander said she developed a love for teaching because some of her extended family members and eldest brother, Edwin Crouch, had qualified as teachers. He encouraged her, which led to her also developing a passion for teaching.
“Having served at various schools in the Northern Cape and Free State provinces, I was exposed to several leadership positions as subject head, grade head, acting Head of Department and deputy principal. It was especially at Heide Primary School, under the leadership of former principal, Mr Marupen, and the current principal, Mr Page, where I served on the school governing body and was a member of the school’s financial committee, where I gained development skills and experience in school management and governance.”