The School of St Jude is proud to employ over 300 staff. Our strategic plan emphasises the importance of local leadership, and while St Jude’s employs a small number of international staff, our employees are largely Tanzanian.
Staff at St Jude’s can be broadly divided into academic and non-academic teams. St Jude’s academic staff include over 100 teachers, headmasters, deputy headmasters and heads of departments, all of whom are Tanzanian. It’s these people who work directly with students every day to fight poverty through education.
Non-academic staff also have an important part in the success of St Jude’s. These staff include Head Office employees in finance, fundraising, marketing, sponsorship, HR and facilities teams as well as cleaners, bus drivers, gardeners, guards and cooks.
St Jude’s Leadership team guides all of the school’s staff to achieve our mission. The Leadership team is overseen by Founder, Gemma Sisia, and comprises our Academic Manager, Nzinyangwa Mcharo, and eight Head Office managers.
With representation from every area of the school, our Leadership team is able to meet challenges with a diverse range of skills and experiences.
Vivian joined St Jude’s in 2015, from Dar-es-Salaam where she is born and bred. She has a Bachelor Degree in Laws from St Augustine University and recently completed her Master of International Trade Policy and Law from Lund University in Sweden, under auspices of TRAPCA and ESAMI in Arusha. Fittingly, Vivian’s favorite thing about St Jude’s is the opportunity for endless learning – both for staff and students. In her free time, Vivian likes to travel, read and swim.
Vivian oversees two teams:
Community and Social Impact
Community and Social Impact Manager
Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, Sarah has lived in many countries during her 10 year career in international development. She studied a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) at the Australian National University, followed by two different master’s degrees, first in development studies and then in public health. Sarah loves the variety her role at St Jude’s offers her - on any given day, she might find herself working at any of St Jude’s three campuses or out in the community.
Sarah oversees three teams:
Donor and Sponsor Relations
Donor and Sponsor Relations Manager
Following a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts at Australian National University, Rachael immediately decided to dedicate herself to a career at St Jude’s. She started at St Jude’s in 2012 as a photographer, and later moved into Supporter Relations. Rachael grew up in South Sydney and Singapore and is a mother of one daughter. She enjoys travelling, cooking and painting.
Rachael oversees three teams:
Laurian joined St Jude’s in 2017, following five years managing properties all over Tanzania for The Tanganyika Farmers’ Association. Arusha born and bred, Laurian likes to travel, read and listen to music. Now at St Jude’s, he enjoys the fulfillment of knowing he is contributing his skills to a good cause.
Laurian oversees three teams:
Johnbosco studied a Bachelor of Accountancy then became a certified public accountant in his home city of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He started working at St Jude’s in 2020 and enjoys being able to touch people’s lives through the mission and vision of the school. When he’s not at work, Johnbosco loves going on road-trips, reading and swimming.
Johnbosco oversees three teams:
Human Resources Manager
Happy grew up in Dar Es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania, then studied a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and HR Management at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She went on to complete a Master of Business Administration HR Management at ESAMI, before commencing a career in HR. Happy started at St Jude’s in 2017 and enjoys being part of recruiting talented, purpose-driven employees.
Marketing, People and Culture
Marketing, People and Culture Manager
Kate is from the Gold Coast, Australia, but studied to become a graphic designer at Shillington College, London. Following her graduation, she worked as a designer for businesses and events including the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In 2018, she started at St Jude’s as a graphic designer. Kate enjoys working at St Jude’s as it gives her the opportunity to grow while working for a cause she believes in.
Kate oversees two teams:
People and Culture
Mr. Mcharo grew up in Kilimanjaro before pursuing both a Diploma of Education, majoring in physics and chemistry, and a Diploma of Telecommunications. Prior to starting at St Jude’s as a teacher in 2009, he was a physics teacher and Head of Department at Moshono Secondary School. Mr. Mcharo has a love of science and is passionate about creating a conducive academic environment for our students.
Primary Head Teacher
Mr Ndaki grew up in the Simiyu region before completing a Diploma of Secondary Education at Monduli Teachers’ College. Following years spent teaching biology and agriculture, Mr Ndaki joined St Jude’s in 2012. In his spare time, he enjoys watching action movies and playing soccer. Mr Ndaki says that people describe him as strict but democratic.
St Jude's Girls' Secondary
St Jude's Girls' Secondary Headmaster (O Level)
Elimringi studied at Tumaini University Makumiri and spent many years teaching in secondary schools before joining St Jude’s in 2017. He has a strong belief in teamwork as the source of success and enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with others. During his evenings and weekends, Elimringi likes reading the bible and watching wrestling.
St Jude's Secondary
St Jude's Secondary Headmaster (O and A Level)
Erespidus joined St Jude’s in 2016, following five years as Headmaster of Mlama Secondary School. He grew up in Moshi, not far from Arusha, and studied a Bachelor of Science with Education at the University of Dar Es Salaam. Erespidus enjoys the opportunities St Jude’s offers for professional growth and development. When he’s not at work, Erespidus loves to watch and play football.
Sponsorship opens a world full of possibilities
Your sponsorship provides a student with educational materials, school and boarding uniforms, hot nutritious meals as well as a safe, clean living environment with reliable electricity and water – everything required for a successful education!
We provide a free, high-quality education that regularly ranks in the top 10% in Tanzania so students are equipped with the skills to become leaders in their communities. By sponsoring a student here at St Jude’s you can help break the cycle of poverty for them and their family through the gift of a high quality education!
Your generous donations keep us going, thank you!
Your gift enables The School of St Jude to continue our mission of fighting poverty through education. We aim to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha Region to become the future moral and intellectual leaders of Tanzania.
Your gift will help our deserving students reach the great height of their potential by providing a free, high-quality education, daily hot meals and much much more.