Craig Paxton is the co-Founder and Executive Director
of Axium Education Services. A six-week stint in a remote school in
KwaZulu-Natal in 2002 convinced him of the dire need for educational innovation
in rural South Africa. As a former chemical engineer with Sappi Southern Africa
and client manager for MBendi Information Services, Paxton's private-sector
background complements his passion for teaching excellence. He has taught in
Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom, bringing a wealth of science and
mathematics teaching experience and a unique perspective on how best practices
from the developed world can be adapted to work in the rural classroom.
Paxton received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from
the University of Cape Town in 1998 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education
from the same institution four years later. He was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar and
held a Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship at the Harvard
University Graduate School of Education, from which he graduated with a Masters
degree in school leadership.