Our Team in Tanzania

Our Team in Tanzania has been instrumental in leading and supporting Precious Project's mission to uplift a village. Their significant contributions include providing the highest quality education and care for its youngest citizens to offer them a brighter future. Precious success stories are the results of their leadership, professionalism, work ethics and passions.

Founders and Directors

William and Sarah are the cornerstone of Precious.

Day to day management of all the major and minor projects are a never ending chore and they tirelessly work through every issue and still have time and love for all the children,

William Modest

Co-Founder/Director

In 2010, William Modest, a school teacher, founded Precious Orphans Children's Home, leaving a secure job to pursue his life's mission. William had watched his mother die of AIDS when he was a teenager and has since dedicated himself to AIDS prevention and care of its casualties. He has successfully overseen Precious amazing growth and expansion since its founding, including the development of a model family-style children's home to care for the most vulnerable and the Precious English Medium School, which is educating over 230 children.

Sarah Modest

Co-Founder/Director

Sarah Modest, a school teacher, had the vision to open a kindergarten for the children of Nshupu whose families were too poor to pay the fees required to attend a public school. Today Precious English Medium School offers a Preschool Program that includes 'baby', pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten classes. Under the Preschool Program, approximately 90 village children are being taught and fed two nutritious meals per school day.

School Administration

Managing a school of 275 children is no easy task. However, our diligent school administration lead by Madame Debora is making every child and parent feel like they are the only ones that matter. From setting standards around new student acceptance to assisting when children are displaying problem, this team could handle a school twice the size.

Debora Kileo

Headmistress & Teacher English

Mme Debora has led the Precious School since 2017 and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience as a early childhood and secondary school teacher since 2011. She received her teaching diploma from Mt Meru University and earned multiple post-graduate certificates in counseling, primary health and education from colleges in Uganda and Tanzania. Mme Debora is originally from the Kilimanjaro region in eastern Tanzania.

Telesphory Bahati Kafuba

Assist. Head Teacher; Geography & Kiswahili

Mr Telesphory joined the Precious School in 2017 and is responsible for the school’s instructional program including strengthening its academics. He has over four years of teaching experience, and instructs upper grade students in Kiswahili and Geography. Mr. Telesphore received a bachelor in education from Tumaini University Makumira and is originally from Kagera, Tanzania. He ‘appreciates the Precious organization for supporting the young children, women, and the community at large’.

Boaz Ngilisho

ASSISTANT ACADEMICS; Math and Science

Mr Boaz has been teaching at the Precious School since 2017 and has been an educator since 2014. He teaches mathematics and science to the upper grade students and has been instrumental in preparing them for the National Exams, resulting in a 100% student pass rate. Mr Boaz was raised on Masai land in Arusha region, and discovered teaching was his calling when he ‘wanted to prepare children to participate in the technological and scientific world’.

Peniel L. Mbise

ACADEMICS; Math and Civics

Mr Peniel joined Precious English Medium School in 2017. He earned a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting with Education (BBAED) from the University of Arusha, and is from the city of Arusha, Tanzania. What he loves about teaching at Precious is that he has the freedom and is entrusted to deliver the best education to his students without interference by the administration. He feels what makes the School special is the quality education it offers, teamwork, and the help it provides to the community.

Lightness Obedi Ayo

Pre-primary Academics; Kindergarten

Mme Lightness has been a teacher since 2010 and at the Precious English Medium School since its founding in 2016. She was born and raised in Usa River, Tanzania and holds a college certificate in education. Teaching is her passion in and out of the classroom, Mme Lightness enjoys working with preschool children and watching them learn and grow. She appreciates’ ‘the School’s administration for establishing Precious’ close community and ensuring the faculty have the teaching materials they need’.

Faculty

Our faculty is diverse and ready to give our 275 students an education which builds confidence and desire for excellence. Whether it is Math, Science, English or any of the other subject, they attack it with vigor and dedication.

Restituta Damas Mkenda

PreK

Mme Restituta brings over 15 years of experience in early childhood education and has been a teacher at Precious since the School opened in 2016. She received a certificate in Early Childhood Education and Development from Pilgrim Vission College in Tanzania and is originally from Kilimanjaro. Mme Restituta attributes Precious’ success to the advance education the school offers, its modern teaching equipment to advance learning, the care of children who are in special need, and the administration and staff teamwork.

Sarah Gidion Mkwawa

Preschool

Mme Sarah has been a member of the Precious Faculty since 2017. She is originally from Iringa, Tanzania and received her diploma in education from Arusha Teacher’s College. What she particularly enjoys about being a teacher at Precious is the faculty’s strong collaboration, its excellent administration, and most significantly her ‘precious’ students. Mme Sarah believes ‘education helps eradicate poverty in society and appreciates Precious help in educating disadvantaged children and widows’.

Sarah Joseph Shehemba

English and Kiswahili

Mme Sarah joined the Precious English Medium School in 2016 and has over 13 years teaching experience. She is from Tanga, Tanzania and holds a certificate of education. One aspect of Precious she appreciates are the educational opportunities provided to the faculty. She feels they have benefited the faculty in improving their teaching methods and helping students with different learning challenges to make them feel equal with their peers.’Precious gives hope for those

Gabriel Williams Mwanga

Math and Health Care

Hailing from Arusha, Tanzania, Mr Williams brings extensive teaching experience to the Precious School. He began teaching in 2010 and joined Precious in 2017. He earned his diploma in education from Precious Teachers College (not affiliated with Precious Project). Besides teaching academics in the lower school, Mr Gabriel loves sharing his passion and teaching Precious students to play percussion instruments. What he finds particularly special about teaching at Precious ‘is the humanity and caring the institution has…for everyone’.

Ezekiel Mkwizu

Kiswahili

Mr Ezekiel has been a member of the Precious Faculty since 2017 and a teacher since 2016. He is from Arusha and received a bachelor of arts degree in education. What he particularly appreciates about the Precious English Medium School is that the entire staff works so well as a team. ‘The school administration has created a conducive environment for all workers to have peace.’ In addition to teaching. Mr Ezekiel enjoys gospel music.

Msafiri M Songoro

French and ICT Project Co-Lead

Mr Songoro began teaching in 2010 and joined the Precious Faculty in 2017. He is from Kigoma, a town in the northeastern shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, and received his diploma from Alliance Française. In addition to teaching French, Mr. Songoro teaches ICT to upper and lower grade students, assists with the schools music program, and co-leads Precious ICT Project. Mr Songoro attributes Precious success to the School’s ‘strong administration and care for all without segregation’.

Christian Wilson

Science and History

Mr. Wilson began teaching in 2013, and joined Precious in 2017. Along with teaching science and history in the upper school, Mr Wilson is a valuable supporter of the ICT and music programs. What he appreciates about Precious is the ‘support given to all people without considering their race, gender, tribe, religion or status and the learning opportunities it provides’. Mr Wilson earned his diploma from Benjamin William Mkapa Teachers’ Training College in Pemba and is originally from Arusha.

Janeth Alexander Kiiza

English and History

Mme Janeth has been a teacher since 2012 and a member of the Precious Faculty since 2017. Originally from Kagera, located on the western side of Lake Victoria in northwest Tanzania, she attained her diploma in education from Brockyline Institute College. What she enjoys about her role as a Precious teacher is the interactive exchange with her pupils and learning new things and how the school ‘cares for its pupils and all workers’.

Happyness K David

English

Mme Happyness joined the School in 2018 and has been a teacher since 2015. She received a certificate in education from Arusha Teachers College and is originally from Musoma, in the northwestern part Tanzania on the eastern edge of Lake Victoria. What she particularly enjoys about teaching at Precious is the ‘first priority given to educate special groups such as orphans and widows (and) the cooperation of all its staff’. Among her passions, she loves reading story books to her students.

Asela Kankebula

Math & Science

Mme Asela joined the Precious Faculty in 2018. Prior to joining the team, she taught at Bukoba Jaffery Secondary School. She attended the University of Dar es Salaam, where she earned a BS degree in Education. Mme Asela is originally from the Kagera region in the northwestern part of Tanzania. What she loves about the Precious Community s that it ‘places a priority to helping the people in need including orphans, widows, and those who live in difficult conditions’.

Richard Sululu

Math and Science

Mr Sululu joined Precious English Medium School in 2018. He earned a Certificate in Teaching Primary Schools from Monduli Teacher’s College and is from Ilburo, a village on the slopes of Mt Meru in Arusha, Tanzania. Mr Sululu is delighted to be part of Precious as the school offers a ‘good learning environment (and) a lot of teaching aids like iPads, computers and science equipment...for reinforcing the teaching and learning process’.

Ediltruda Pius

Kiswahili & Civics

Mme Ediltruda joined Precious in 2017 and has been teaching since 2013. She particularly enjoys teaching at Precious as ‘it cares for its pupils with diverse needs and values all its employees (no matter their position)’. Mme Ediltruda earned a diploma in education from Arusha Teacher’s College and is originally from Karatu, Tanzania. She loves teaching and one of her favorite quotes: ‘Hold onto instructions. Do not let it go. Guard it well. For it is your life.’

Home and School Staff

No home is complete without a Mama or two. The mamas are kind, stern when needed but always caring for all the children in the home.

Also, every team needs a supporting staff. Our team makes everything happen like magic, whether it is beautiful grounds, nutritious meals or fetching kids from neighboring villages.

Vick John

Cook

Mama Ester

Childcare Provider

James Ally

Gardener

Ibrahim Ramadhan

School Bus Driver

Lewis Erick

School Bus Driver

Mama Eva

Childcare Provider

Prisca Mbise

Cook

Mary Lukas

Librarian

Baraka Emanuel

Accountant

Diana Gerald

Secretary