Our Team

Timo Lehmann

Timo is our School Producer (School Principal). He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental and Geographical Science. He completed his Postgraduate Degree in Education at the University of Stellenbosch. In South Africa, Timo spent five years teaching mathematics and natural sciences.

His interests include camping, playing sports, gardening, and upcycling junk into art. Timo has also completed several ultra-marathons.

Amy McKelvey

Woodland Star was founded by Amy. She graduated with degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Mobile and a Master’s in Gifted Education from William Carey University. She has taught in both the American system and the British system, and uses her understanding of personality types to engage with children.

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

Brandy Reese

Brandy is currently the Head of Early Years as well as a primary years homeroom teacher for Mugumo. Brandy graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition. Soon after, she completed her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas.

 

Brandy likes bringing creativity and exploration into the classroom. She enjoys running, baking, traveling and nature.

Casey Blaschke

Casey is our Muna Tree Village Homeroom Teacher. Casey earned a Master of Arts in Science Education from City University in New York, a Master of Arts in Development and Social Change from Clark University and a Bachelors in Science from Portland State University. She taught MYP Humanities Geography at the International School of Uganda.

She enjoys spending time with family, travelling, yoga and running.

Lydia Kwamboka

Lydia is one of our learning support teachers. She holds a degree in Special Needs Education through Kenyatta University, as well as a Certificate in Kenyan Sign Language.

Lydia is passionate about learning new things, hiking, singing and camping. 

Taylor Dietmeier

Taylor teaches mathematics in the upper 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 extremely passionate about mathematics, girls education, and Deaf empowerment. 

Jemima Nyairo

Jemima is one of our learning support teachers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Daystar University and a diploma in early childhood education from Amicus College. She has five years experience working with special needs children prior to joining Woodland Star International School.

She is passionate about special needs education, reading, music, watching movies, nature walks and traveling.  

Berit Lehmann

Berit is our homeroom teacher for Moringa. She has a Diploma in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Berit has been a teacher for 6 years, starting her journey at the German kindergarten in Cape Town, South Africa.

She loves travelling and has taught English in Mexico and au-paired in Germany. Berit enjoys being active.

Tony Mwangi

Tony is one of our learning support teachers. Prior to joining our team Tony worked for 4 years as a behavior technician for individuals with various neuro-developmental needs. He graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

He is passionate about  psychology, inclusion and fostering growth mindsets in learners. 

Martha Waithira

Martha teaches our early years Euphorbia Village. She received her Diploma in Earl Childhood Education at Kenyatta University. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood.

Martha is passionate about kids, hiking, exploring, and music. 

Moses Ndung’u

Moses is one of our learning support teachers. He obtained his degree in Special Needs Education from Maseno University.

He is passionate about having equal opportunities for all kids and he loves reading, listening and telling stories. 

Annika Sjoberg

Annika is our homeroom teacher for Nandi Flame. She received a degree in media and cultural studies from Nottingham Trent University. After University, Annika spent a year teaching in Japan before returning to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education. She also taught at Braeburn Garden Estate.

Annika enjoys cooking, dining out with friends, swimming, exploring the outdoors and traveling.

Jo DiGennaro

Jo is currently our upper years science teacher and Muna Tree music teacher. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She completed a postgraduate degree in international education and curriculum development.

She is passionate about women in science and astronomy. She enjoys travel and writing music.

Jennifer Correll

Jennifer is the homeroom teacher for the Muhuti Village (9-10 years). Graduating from Judson University in Chicago with a degree in Education, Jennifer has teaching experience in Kenya, China and Norway from Kindergarten to 9th grade as a classroom teacher for 3-7th grade, K-8 Computers, K-6 Art, 1-5 ESL, 9th grade English and Algebra.

 Jennifer is passionate about teaching and she loves creativity, learn new things, the outdoors and living internationally.

Sarah Mukundi

Sarah is our homeroom teacher for Euphorbia. She studied in Australia receiving her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood, and a graduate diploma of International and Community Development. She taught for four years Australia, followed by Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi. 

She enjoys photography, traveling, and meeting new people. 

Dorcas Njoki

Dorcas is one of our learning support teachers in the upper primary years.  She has extensive work experience covering speech-language therapy assistance and learning needs in both the 844 system and International schools for over 12 years. Dorcas has diploma in special needs in education and certificates in Sign Language, Guidance & Counselling.

She is very passionate about special educational needs and inclusion, enjoys listening to music and family.

Sally Kamau-Kiruri

Sally is a learning support teacher in the upper years. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Daystar University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Kenyatta University. Sally has been an Early Years Teacher/ESL teacher at the German School, Nairobi, worked as an EAL and SEN teacher at Braeburn for 5 years.

She is extremely passionate about dyslexia and dyscalculia and raising awareness on its incidence and effects in Kenya.

Faith Shahale

Faith is one of our learning support teachers. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Certificate in Special Needs Education from the college of Progressive Education in Ireland, and a Certificate from Kenya Headmistresses’ Association and Montessori. She has taught students including those with special needs in various schools in Kenya.

She is passionate about special needs education. She loves arts, enjoys listening to music, traveling and family.

John Wachira

John has been a part of the Woodland Star team since the inception of the school and teaches physical education for all of our students. He has a Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Nairobi, majoring in mathematics.

He likes developing talents and works as a national field hockey coach with budding hockey players in Kenya.

Dorinah Osabinyi

Dorinah is our homeroom teacher for Baobab Village. She has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Having taught for 18 years, Dorinah brings with her an immense wealth of experience.

Dorinah loves traveling, reading, and being part of the Woodland Star family.

Lucy Wangari

Lucy is a learning support teacher in the upper years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs and Swahili Education from Maseno University, and a Diploma in Human Resource Management. Lucy has taught at Braeburn High School (Gitanga), Gems Cambridge and KCCL.

She is extremely passionate about helping learners make connections in their learning. She loves books and music.

Lexy Ambani

Lexy is one of our learning support teachers. He had worked for 2 years as a Behavior Technician at an institution that offered Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapy to individuals with various neuro-developmental needs. He graduated from Moi University with a Bachelor in Psychology.

Lexy is passionate about psychology, special needs education, neuro-diversity and about neuro-developmental needs. 

Zarina Wafula

Zarina teaches STEM, Kiswahili and heads up our library. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Also graduated from Moi University with a Bachelors in Sociology and is certified to teach STEAM and Gifted Education.

 Zarina has a passion for working with children and is a proud aunt to 9 nieces and nephews. 

Esther Wanjiru

Esther our homeroom teacher for Acacia. Esther has taught in both Kenyan and international educational settings for the last 11 years. Her nurturing, energetic and caring nature complements her passion for child-centered learning with young children.

She is commited to providing a loving and developmentally sound foundation of learning. 

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 beginning.

Ondiso Madete

Ondi has been our art and music teacher since 2015. Graduating from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa with a Bachelor of Law she has been a journalist, event organizer and a national hockey player.

Ondi loves to write, read and perform regularly when she is not teaching.

Gillian Kemunto

Gillian is our language teacher and assists in the upper years. She graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor’s of Education in French language. She has a Diploma in French Language Studies from Alliance Française.   She speaks English, French, Kiswahili, and is studying Japanese.

Language is her passion as it is a tool towards understanding and connecting with people from different cultures. 

Racheal Muoria

Racheal has worked with our Early Years since its beginning in 2013 and is a co-teacher for Acacia. She has a certificate from the Kindergarten Headmistresses’ Association at the Aga Khan Nursery.

Her hobbies include being with children, traveling, singing, and reading.

Esther Mwangi

Esther is our co-teacher for Baobab. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Development, and has worked as an art teacher at the Nairobi Art Centre. For the last ten years Esther has worked with children of different age groups in various schools in Kenya.

Esther is outgoing, loves picnics, and has a great passion for art and creativity.

John McKelvey

John is one of our Directors. He graduated from the Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He became a Certified Public Accountant, and then graduated from the University of London with an MBA in International Business. John has worked for various companies and organizations across the continent of Africa.

He has contributed greatly to the establishment of Woodland Star School.

Sean Anderson

Sean is one of our Directors. He graduated with distinction from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental and Geographical Science. Sean is the managing director of Muna Tree Holdings, the umbrella organization of the school. He also serves as the Chairman of Mara Naboisho Conservancy.

Sean’s knowledge, direct experience with conservation efforts, and leadership skills are great assets to the school.

Mark Nicholson

Mark is a special advisor for the school’s environmental program, supervising activities such as tree-planting and providing resources. Mark is the director of Plants for Life International, and has a doctorate from Cambridge University, England.

Elie Pritz

Elie has developed our Peace Heroes curriculum, and we are proud to collaborate with her. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Literature, as well as two Master’s of Arts, one in Conflict and Reconciliation, one in Creative Writing and Literature. She has lived in Jordan, England, Northern Ireland and Canada.

She loves being outdoors, reading, spending time with family, and creative writing.