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Craig Paxton - Executive Director
Michelle Paxton - Financial Director
Ruan Cilliers - Science teacher and study group support
Kirsty Paxton - LEAD and mathematics teacher
Sarah Caine - Science teacher
Nathalie Koenig - Literacy Coordinator
Sive Mbolekwa - Assistant Literacy Coordinator
Community Reading Team

Craig Paxton

Executive Director

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.

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