A pioneer for generations to come

Dr Paula Gordon is the newly appointed head of school at Nova Pioneer School for Innovators. Photo: Supplied.

Nova Pioneer School for Innovators welcomed a new head of school recently.

Dr Paula Gordon is the newly appointed head and joined from her recent position as the elementary instructional coordinator at the International School of Monagas, Venezuela.

There she led teachers in their development, instructional design and execution. In her work, she guided the curriculum, co-led strategic planning, and specialised in transforming high-potential teachers into proven, outstanding educators for global learning.

Prior to her work in Venezuela, Gordon was an assistant principal at EL Haynes, one of the highest performing charter schools in Washington DC.

A passionate educator and experienced academic leader, Gordon stated, “It is my core belief that all children should be provided with a quality education regardless of their race or socioeconomic status,” she said.

“Children should be empowered and equipped with the skills to problem-solve, critically think, collaborate, innovate, effectively communicate, analyse systems, lead and become global citizens. As educators, we have the opportunity to empower the future generation of this nation to be innovative leaders who will transform our global society.”

One of Gordon’s prior roles includes that of Dean of Students at Uncommon Schools, another of the USA’s highest achieving charter school networks, renowned for its innovations in educator development. She started her career as a Teach for America Fellow and was nominated as the State Teacher of the Year in New Jersey.

Gordon is inspired to be part of the school because its mission and vision speak to the commitment of investing in children to successfully lead and transform the continent of Africa.

“Nova Pioneer’s mission to develop generations of innovative leaders who will shape the African century and its vision to transform the career paths of our students and equip them for success in the 21st century is incredibly exciting,” she said.

“Being part of Nova Pioneer and working with a group of committed individuals who are all invested in ensuring that all our students are successful is invigorating, exhilarating and inspiring.”

Gordon’s appointment is said to be an incredible opportunity to continue moving towards the school’s mission to offer African children a world-class education that will equip them to become the next generation of innovators and leaders who will shape the 21st century.

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