October, 2016 Newsletter
Since you last heard from us, we have been consistently building on the exciting work at the African School for Excellence, both in South Africa and in the United States. We cannot thank you enough for your donations and steadfast support in reimagining how the world educates.
Each donation helps ASE build on its mission to reimagine education, providing a world-class education to students from the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in South Africa.
Our work to reimagine education was recently featured in a video from the Ashoka Changemaker Schools network, highlighting our innovative education model broadly, and our scholar’s’ perspective on how the ASE model has worked for them. This is one way we hope to spread the word about our work. We encourage you to share this video with your networks, or anyone interested in innovating education.
Introducing ASE’s U.S. Executive Director
Here in the U.S., we’re excited to announce that we’ve achieved one of our central objectives for 2016: we’ve hired a new executive director, Autumn Williams! In this role, Autumn will lead and be responsible for executing the organization’s fundraising and partnership efforts. Autumn also sits on ASE U.S.’s Board of Directors.
Before joining the ASE team, Autumn was Senior Entrepreneur for Changemaker Schools at Ashoka, leading the identification and advisement of innovative schools and educational leaders around the world. While in this role, she identified ASE as an Ashoka Changemaker School.
Autumn is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied Aeronautics and Astronautics and researched aeronautical astrobiology applications for NASA. As the only woman in her cohort, Autumn started exploring the root cause of under-representation in her field. When she learned that many students lose academic interest and access to supplementary support in middle school, she founded STEMgineers Shifting Gears, a STEM-focused after school, tutoring, and summer program based in Watts, CA that encourages students’ intellectual curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through project-based learning. She has worked to further the dialogue on education equity in southern India and Haiti.
Autumn brings a wealth of experience and expertise to ASE. Please expect to hear from her in the coming months about the many ways you can continue your support of our revolutionary work to reshape education and empower communities across South Africa.
We are aware that our communication with international supporters has not always matched the quality of what takes place in our classrooms. With Autumn on board, we now are confident that the excellence we expect in the classroom will be felt in our outreach efforts as well.
ASE prides itself on a commitment to steadfast innovation. In our efforts to share our affordable and world class model with more communities, we are thrilled to announce our efforts to open our second school site. Take a virtual tour of the school on our new website here.