Ms Rees has extensive and in-depth experience as a Principal, Executive Principal and as the Managing Director of the National Schools’ Group, with a track record of delivering excellent outcomes in the premium education sector. She has a particular interest and experience in instructional leadership and academic innovation.
Having completed her BA in Fine Arts (Education) (Honours) degree, Mrs Rees then attained a Bachelor of Education (PG) followed by a Masters degree in Education, with an emphasis on Curriculum Evaluation and Design, Teacher Education and Curriculum Theory and Development. In addition, Ms Rees seeks to develop her knowledge on an ongoing basis by attending various development programmes and personal self-development courses, including a Leadership Development Programme (GIBS, University of Pretoria).
Ms Rees’s career in the educational sector spans some 35 years, including in excess of ten years as a Principal. She began her career as a teacher, and then served as a Head of Department and later advanced to the positions of Principal and Managing Director in various capacities within the Crawford Schools Group, gaining experience in many aspects of the management of private schools.
Ms Rees is well-known as a passionate educator and places the well-being of the child at the forefront of her belief system. She is known for building high-performance schools with educators who put children first and in her recent role as Campus Executive Principal – Crawford International Sandton Campus, she led three top performing co-educational schools (Grade 000 to Grade 12). In her time here, she led the teaching team to deliver consistent improvement and outstanding achievements in the academic, cultural and extramural spheres.
Ms Rees firmly believes that in a globally competitive environment, an innovative approach to all-round scholastic development is vital. She has been integrally involved in driving successful cultural, extramural, diversity, leadership and technology programmes, as well as in the management of sports and sport teams.
She is a strong believer in blending proven and progressive educational practices, recognising the benefits of exposing students to the most effective teaching methods available, as well as the most relevant technological opportunities. Staff welfare and development is a cornerstone of her managerial approach and she is a skilled mentor and staff coach.