Manager: Ms Elaine Baxen
Ms Elaine Baxen graduated in 2013 with a B Ed Honours Degree from UNISA. She currently works as an Intersen Phase English Language coach at the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance.
Elaine reveals some insights below.
As a child, what I loved most about school was the friendships I established which still exist today.
The management role I played for Class Act involved supporting and managing between 15-20 GPLMS Coaches who each in turn were responsible for 30 teachers. I was responsible for the development of between 400-600 teachers.
Something I have learnt about management from Class Act is that being organised and structured as a leader is of vital importance.
Class Act practices that I continue to use are being able to work diligently and capably at all times and always willing to go the extra mile. I always remember that leadership is more art than science. The principals of leadership are constant, but the application changes with every leader and every situation.
I consider my greatest achievement to be staying true to who I am, no matter what challenges and adversities I may face.
One day I plan to share my experience and expertise with my children and all those who are willing to learn.
In order to transform I believe that one needs to be open to change and possess a teachable spirit.
I believe that Class Act has broadened my horizons in many ways and I feel enriched as a current and future leader.
I draw inspiration from my unfailing faith in my Creator. The One who has never failed me and who guides me day by day.
My personal motto is ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’, and the Titanic was built by professionals, but the Ark was built by an amateur.... think about that!