Our Team

Leadership/Administration

Timo Lehmann

Timo is our School Principal. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Environmental & Geographical Science, and completed his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Stellenbosch. He has a MasterTrack Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Illinois and a Certificate of School Management and Leadership from Harvard Business School & Harvard Graduate School of Education.

His interests include camping, playing sports, gardening, and upcycling junk into art. Timo loves trail-running, being on safari and doing the odd prank or two!

Jeffery Hennessy

Jeff is our Assistant Principal and teaches Science and Social Sciences in our Middle Grades. He holds an Educational Specialist Degree in School Leadership from Furman University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Clemson University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Political Science from Furman University. Jeff has experience teaching Science, Social Sciences, Literacy, and Math across the K-12 range, and his specialty lies with middle schoolers. He has taught in Burundi, Kenya, South Africa, and the USA. He is driven to help students find their passions and tap into their full potential. On weekends and school holidays, Jeff enjoys photography, hiking, traveling to as many places as possible in Kenya, and sharing meals with his wife and friends.

Dorinah Koli Osabinyi

Dorinah is our Euphorbia Village Homeroom Teacher and Head of Early Years. She also serves on the school’s leadership team. Her genuine love for children starts at home as a wife and a mother of 3 children. Dorinah has spent more than 20 years in the classroom, has a Degree in Education (E.C.E) and is about to complete her master’s in early childhood education.

In her free time Dorinah likes spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, travelling and reading.

Kelvin Wangara

Kelvin is our Learning Support Coordinator and is part of the school’s leadership team. He has a Degree in Special Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Functional Assessment and Evaluation. He is passionate about inclusion and loves working with learners with different abilities. Kelvin is almost done with his journey towards becoming an Orton Gillingham Practitioner.

Away from school, golfing, cycling, long drives through beautiful scenery and watching spectacular sunsets are his go-to activities. During cold days up here in Tigoni, he holds on to his cup of coffee dearly.

Micki Kariuki

Micki serves in Admin Support and as the Government Compliance Administrator for the school. She has an International Montessori Diploma from MCI in London, a Bachelor’s of Education in Early Childhood Development, and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Education.

Micki has been involved with the school in various capacities since its inception.

Amy McKelvey

Woodland Star was founded by Amy. She graduated with a Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Mobile and a Masters in Gifted Education from William Carey University. She has taught in both the American system and the British system in the areas of early childhood and elementary education, visual arts, middle and high school literacy and history, gifted education, and performing arts.

Amy loves to create, travel, be with family, laugh, and experience theatre and dance.

Siala Village

Taylor Omondi

Taylor is the Homeroom Teacher in the Siala Village, and teaches mathematics in the middle years and art to the primary and middle years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades and High School Mathematics and Social Studies from the University of North Carolina.

She is passionate about mathematics, girls education, Deaf empowerment, carpentry, Zumba, Kenyan history, graphic design, and her dog, Muthaka.

Sylvia Mugoyia

Sylvia is the Co-teacher in the Siala Village. She has worked in various international schools in Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya for close to a decade. Sylvia loves the challenge of being in the classroom and the satisfaction of watching children make progress. She has a passion for Inquiry Based Learning. Sylvia instills the love for learning through encouraging learners to take risks, make mistakes, and develop a sense of determination and independence.

Other than teaching, Sylvia enjoys coaching netball. She is passionate about languages and learning about different cultures.

Isaac Kuuli

Isaac is one of our 1:1 Learning Support Teachers. Isaac graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Special Needs Education), and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology. Isaac has several years experience in various institutions supporting learners with varying special needs and disabilities. He is adept at motivating, instructing and supporting learners with special needs.

In his spare time, he loves new adventures, playing and watching football, playing monopoly, cards and watching movies.

John Mungai

John is a 1:1 Learning Support teacher in the Siala village. He studied Special Needs Education from Kenyatta University, counseling psychology from Amani counseling center and training Institute, Teaching Methods and Curriculum Development from Coursera and British Council Partner Schools. John has experience with different Curricula including International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Curriculum. He specializes in Special Needs Education and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Muna Village

Emily Hall

Emily is the Homeroom Teacher for the Muna Village. She teaches for the joy factor! Emily studied Middle Grades Education at the University of Georgia, and is a literacy specialist. She loves using kinesthetic learning in her lessons, and enjoys running and biking, camping and cooking for her friends!

David Mungoma

David is the Co-teacher in the Muna Village, and is a Special Education graduate with extensive teaching experience. He has worked as classroom teacher in both Middle Years and High School, a learning support teacher and a head of department in various international schools. David is a very passionate teacher who enjoys helping students find their potential and inspiring them to give new things a try. He enjoys working in a multicultural, inclusive environment and believes that every child has unique abilities and talents. Besides teaching, David can also perform Ed-psych assessments and can teach and interpret sign language.

In his free time, David enjoys cycling and working on the farm.

Angela Gatimu

Angela (Angie) is a 1:1 learning support teacher. She is skilled in speech and language development, and social, emotional, and sensory function development. Angela specializes in articulation and literacy acquisition. She is Montessori certified, and has training in Pediatric Neurodevelopment, Diagnostic Techniques and treatment for children with developmental disabilities. Angela has a Certificate of Training for Special Educational Needs in speech, language and communication needs (OLI-UK.)
Angela is passionate about early intervention and all-inclusive education. Angela loves traveling and swimming.

Silas Olendo

Silas is a Learning Support Teacher with over 14 years working with children with learning difficulties. He is also a 1:1 teacher, ABA Therapist and a trained coach with the Special Olympics Kenya. Silas is passionate about inclusion and loves building social skills and communication in learners with special needs through play and peer-manding sessions.

Silas loves dancing (he uses it as a brain gym tool for kids), listening to music, bike riding, playing and coaching soccer and taking nature walks.

Muhuti Village

Pooja Sanghrajka

Pooja is our Homeroom Teacher for the Muhuti Village. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, a Diploma in Psychology and a Postgraduate Degree in Education. She started off with a career in market research, then transitioned into teaching and has never looked back! She has taught in various international schools in East Africa and lives in Lavington with her husband, baby Elayna and two dogs (Pato and Marley). She loves travelling and the outdoors, dancing and music.

Purity Bilali

Purity is the Co-teacher in the Muhuti Village. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kenyatta University. Purity is passionate about inclusion, and has been working in different international schools since 2016. She volunteers to work with women and teenage girls in the special needs field. Purity loves exploring artwork, reading, travelling to warm beaches, being in outdoor spaces with friends and spending time with family.

Beryl Achieng

Beryl is one of our Learning Support Teachers in the Primary Years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs Education through Kenyatta University, as well as a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
Beryl is passionate about learning new things, travelling, and camping.

Nandi Flame Village

Pauline Grey

Pauline (Polly) is the Homeroom Teacher for the Nandi Flame Village. She holds a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Studio Art from Keene State College. Recently, Polly took a year off to travel North America and learn more about its history!

She loves to design lessons based on student interest and form collaborative classroom environments where students learn from one another.

Polly loves hiking, camping, sunrise, baking and spending time with friends!

Esther Ngugi

Esther is the Co-teacher in the Nandi Flame Village. She was born and raised in Western Kenya, and graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Special Needs Education). She also has a Certificate in Kenya Sign Language from the Kenya Institute of Special Education. Esther started off as a learning support teacher in a special school for four years before joining an international school as a teaching assistant and later becoming the lead teacher.

During her free time Esther enjoys riding her bike, trying out new recipes, listening to music and exploring new and exciting places.

Azinet Mondi

Azinet is one of our 1:1 Learning Support Teachers. She studied Special Needs Education at Kenyatta University, has a Certificate in Redefining Inclusion and Supporting Children with Learnining Difficulties through Coursera. She has worked in international schools as an inclusion assistant, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapist, and a classroom teacher. She is passionate about inclusive education for all, and using technology to support learning.

She loves gardening and going for nature walks.

Podo Village

Jenny Halton

Jenny is the Homeroom Teacher for the Podo Village. She studied Anthropology at Durham University before taking her Post Graduate Degree in Primary Education at Bath Spa. She is passionate about providing children with a positive environment in which they can find their voice and thrive.

Jenny loves drinking tea, exploring new places and dancing like no one’s watching.

Beldine Atieno

Beldine is the Co-teacher in the Podo Village. She has a Bachelor of Education (Arts) from the University of Nairobi, as well as a Certificate in Redefining Inclusion and social emotional learning. She is passionate about inclusion and working with learners with different abilities. she loves using games in her lessons and helping learners develop reading skills. She is also a certified Orton Gillingham practitioner.
Beldine loves learning new things, listening to music and playing board games.

Mugumo Village

Priyanka Wadhwa

Priyanka is the Homeroom Teacher for the Mugumo Village. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Graduate Degree in Education from the University of Toronto.

She is passionate about creating a nurturing and fun classroom environment for all her learners through love, community building, and individualized learning.

In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, travelling, and hiking. She loves to go on adventures and explore Kenya with her husband and two dogs – Oreo and Morocco!

Rosebella Owino

Rosebella (Bella) is the Co-teacher in the Mugumo Village. She has spent many years teaching in different international schools and has worked with children with different special needs since 2009. Bella has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nairobi and a Certificate of Educational Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Bella is passionate about nurturing and finding solutions for emotional and mental-health challenges for growing children.

When she is not teaching, Bella likes spending time with her family, reading new books, going on outdoor adventures and learning more about healthcare.

Lucy Wangari

Lucy Wangari is a quiet, friendly lady who was born and bred in Nairobi city. She is one of our 1:1 Learning Support Teachers.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs Education, and has vast experience working with children with varying learning needs. Lucy loves working with children!

Lucy enjoys reading, writing and sharing hearty laughs with friends and family.

Moringa Village

Sarah Mukundi

Sarah is the Homeroom Teacher for our Moringa Village. She studied in Australia, receiving her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood, and a Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development. Before settling and teaching in Kenya, she taught for several years in Australia.

Sarah enjoys spending time exploring beautiful places with her husband and two sons, and experimenting with her new hobby, ‘ecoprinting’.

Evah Njuguna

Evah is the Co-teacher in the Moringa Village. She has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education from Daystar University as well as a Certificate in Teaching International Curriculum (CTIC) from Riara University. She is passionate about her career and has been working with children since 2010. Evah enjoys creative arts activities, learning new skills, trying out new recipes and listening to music.

Martha Gathoni

Martha joins WSS as a 1:1 Learning Support Teacher in the Primary Years. Martha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs Education from Kenyatta University, and has been working in the field of Special Needs Education since 2016. Martha believes that proper placement, adequate support, guidance and a conducive environment according to a child’s individual needs will assist them to thrive in every sphere of life. She loves travelling, listening to music, spending time with family and friends and participating in community service projects.

Euphorbia Village

Dorinah Koli Osabinyi

Dorinah is our Euphorbia Village Homeroom Teacher and Head of Early Years. She also serves on the school’s leadership team. Her genuine love for children starts at home as a wife and a mother of 3 children. Dorinah has spent more than 20 years in the classroom, has a Degree in Education (E.C.E) and is about to complete her Masters in Early Childhood Education.

In her free time Dorinah likes spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, travelling and reading.

Mercy Muturi

Mercy is the Co-teacher in our Euphorbia Village. She has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and a Certificate in Early Years Learning, Special Needs Education and Child Psychology from Alisons. She has been an Early Years teacher for close to a decade. Mercy is currently pursuing Diploma in Social Sciences and Counselling at IRLT Netherlands. Mercy is passionate about nurturing young children. She enjoys spending time with family, singing and trying out new recipes.

Veronica Kiarie

Veronica is one of our 1:1 Learning Support Teachers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs Education from Moi University. She is an experienced learning support teacher with a history of working across both British and American curricula. She believes that being a teacher is a very special gift and she always looks forward to utilizing her gift to the maximum.

In her spare time, Veronica likes traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Baobab Village

Anastacia Muya

Anastacia is our Baobab Homeroom Teacher (2-4 years olds). She graduated from Africa Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s of Education in Early Childhood Education, and also holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. She has taught in both Kenyan and international school settings and loves creating child-centered learning environments for young children.

Anastacia is passionate about dancing, listening to music and spending time with her friends.

Anita Mbithi

Anita is our Baobab Co-teacher. She has a certificate in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Diploma in the same. She has been a teacher for the past one year. Anita is passionate about helping children achieve their full potential. She enjoys learning new things.

Special Teachers Village

Joseph Ndare

Joseph is our P.E. Coordinator and one of our Green Focus teachers. He studied Physical Education and Guidance and Counselling at the University of Nairobi and University of Cambridge. He is an enthusiastic and caring educator who believes that all children can learn and thrive in a stimulating and comforting environment that is appropriate for their abilities. He views teaching and learning as a dynamic and interactive process. Joseph loves motivating children through fun games, technology, art and recreation.

Maureen Nyambura

Maureen is our teacher-librarian. Her love for children and reading from a very early age motivated her to train as a Teacher-Librarian, having attained a Montessori Diploma from MCI (London), a Diploma in Library and Information Science (UoN) and a Bachelor’s of Education in Early Childhood Development (Africa Nazarene University). Maureen’s passion for her career led her to work at several international schools for over a decade.

During her leisure time, Maureen enjoys traveling and sightseeing with her family, mentoring teenage girls, visiting children’s homes, as well as reading, dancing, watching documentaries and gardening.

Megan Lehmann

Megan is a part-time Maths and Art teacher. Megan has a Bachelors in Education, and has always been passionate about using the outdoors to create engaging lessons and memorable learning experiences. Megan loves it most when her students go home messy, happy and curious!

In her spare time Megan loves reading, getting lost in the Tigoni tea fields with her friends and being on holiday with her husband and four beautiful children.

Ruth Karatsi

Ruth is our Performing Arts Teacher. Ruth earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. Ruth is certified as an Orff Schulwerk Music Teacher from Southern Methodist University. Music and drama have led Ruth across East Africa, having taught in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya!

When she is not teaching, Ruth loves to explore Kenya, discover new reading material, enjoy live theatre and hit the running trails.

Departmental Learning Support

Ian Mulima

Ian is a Departmental Learning Support Teacher and one of the Green Focus teachers. Ian has a wealth of teaching experience, having taught at across East Africa since 2013 in the field of Special Needs. Ian has taught from Early Years through 6th grade. Ian graduated from Maseno University with a BA in Special Needs Education. He also holds a Certificate in Early Childhood and Special Education, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Special Education at Kenyatta University (KU). Ian is one of the Green Focus teachers. Ian loves traveling, swimming, learning new skills and listening to music.

Macrine Odero

Macrine is a Departmental Learning Support Teacher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kenyatta University and a Certificate in the same field. Before starting to work with with special needs learners, Macrine has taught from early years to Grade 4 for over a decade.

She is passionate about teaching, learning and reading with young children. When not teaching, Macrine runs a small home library for neighbourhood children. She also loves cooking for her family and taking nature walks.

Counselors

Tesni Anderson

Tesni is our school counsellor. She has a Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play skills from Play Therapy International. She is passionate about holistically supporting children who have experienced trauma, challenging circumstances, or have special needs. She has been part of the management team at a children’s home for over a decade, where she worked therapeutically with many of the children.

She was born and raised in South Africa and has lived in Kenya since 2007 with her husband and four children. She absolutely loves trail running and is in her happy place when adventuring outdoors, whether at the beach or in the bush, or in the Tigoni teafields.