Mella Davis, PhD
Teaches French, English, social studies
Dr Mella Davis, originally from Richmond, Texas, has 25 years of experience in education, having taught everything from grade R to graduate school. She holds a doctorate in performance studies, a masters in folklore, a masters- level certification in education, and a dual bachelors degree in English and in French. With her interdisciplinary focus of theater, anthropology, literature, and languages, she approaches education through a multidisciplinary lens and teaches from a holistic perspective of how each subject impacts the other. She has seen her students accepted to top-tier universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Notre Dame. But her greatest blessing is seeing students walking in their faith and giving back to their communities. She is the director of a not-for-profit organization registered in the United States and South Africa: Teachers of the Nations, which provides after-school tutoring, discipleship, and skills training. In August 2017 she founded an English-medium school for girls, MasterPeace Academy, in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa. Her students are from poor families in Worcester townships whose parents are seeking superior education for their children. These parents realize that only through education can their children raise themselves out of the intergenerational poverty trap. Listen to Dr Mella Davis interviewed on CWCP Radio Feb 22, 2018
BA Degree ( 1979 – 1981) University of the Western Cape
Senior Teaching Diploma (1982) B Ed Degree ( Part-time : 1985 -1986)
Language Courses at the Goethe Institute in Germany: Mittelstufe 3 (1982 – 1983)
in Rothenburg o.d.Tauber Landeskundeseminar ( 1994)
in München Autonomes Lernen ( 2004)
in München MsPiL : ICT Skills for Teachers
Work Experience Full-time:
Secondary School Teacher (1983 -1984) at Portland High in Mitchells Plain.
Subjects taught : German Third Language HG and Geography.
Secondary School Teacher (1985 – 2016) at EsselenPark Secondary School in Worcester.
Subjects taught : German Second additional Language, Life Orientation and Geography.
Examiner for German Second Additional Language Standard Grade ( 2007 -2009)
Senior certificate marker for German Second Additional Language.WCED (1998 – 2008)
Senior certificate marker for German Second Additional Language. IEB (2009 – 2015)
Attended Helderberg high Somerset West to Grade 12 (Matric) Subjects: Afrikaans, English, maths, life orientation, business studies, accounting, Computer Application Studies Works as receptionist at Worcester Conference Centre 2013 – 2018. – Administration and reservations for meetings and events. Previous position: cashier at Clicks Store, Somerset West, and assisting with customer service.
Degree in psychological counselling Certified in Maths and Abacus Remedial teaching
New School of Art, Toronto, Canada – Fine Art, printmaking 1979-81.
Attended Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada – Art Fundamentals / film photography 1981-82.
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada – Experimental Arts, 1982-84.
Society of Canadian Artists, Lifetime Member, since 1989.
University of Toronto: Toronto, Canada – BA Religious Studies and Sociology 1994, with honours.
Tyndale Seminary: Toronto, Canada – Master of Divinity – Counseling Major 1999, with honours.
Algonquin College: Ottawa, Canada – Radio Broadcasting Diploma, with honours.
IRIS Global Harvest Mission School, Pemba, Mozambique 2016.
E M P L O Y M E N T –
Paid and volunteer positions Social Media, website design and maintenance.
Creative writing (radio, websites, newsletters, magazines).
Administration (word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoint, basic bookkeeping).
Pastoral care and counselling, inner healing. Radio broadcasting (voice, audio production) in Canadian public, community and commercial radio stations.
Alpha Course coach, trainer, lead cook in large interdenominational course.
Fine artist in liturgical art, illustration (drawing).
British GCE – Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Wellington College (UK) M.A. Mechanical Sciences Tripos (Engineering) St John’s College, Cambridge 1962 IRIS Global Harvest Mission School, Pemba, Mozambique 2016.
E M P L O Y M E N T
1959 – 1972 Royal Navy, retiring as Lieutenant Commander. Took post graduate courses in electronics, weapons, radar. In 1969 took Instructional Training course, and then delivered courses in guided missile radar systems. 1974 – 1985 Computer sales executive with Data General UK, ending as branch sales manager. 1985 – 1987 Life Insurance agent with Allied Dunbar. 1987 – 1993 Sales executive with Data General Canada. 1994 – 2016 Financial consultant with Investors Group. Became a Certified Financial Planner in 1999. Trained many colleagues mainly in computer systems for designing financial plans. Retired in March 2016 2008 – 2017 Worship leader in two successive churches weekly – voice, guitar, occasional keyboard.
Janey van Deventer
BA in Health Science and Social Services, specialising in psychological counselling, from the University of South Africa. Currently completing Postgraduate Certificate in Education through the same institution.
E X P E R I E N C E
Taught preschool for 10 years. Worked as a home schooler. Assisted in Grade 1 classrooms at Worcester Preparatory School. Now runs her own tutoring business, 5-Star Extra Lessons and Homework Assistance. She assists children after school with areas where they are struggling academically, and also with test and exam preparation. Also teach English second language as this is a huge need in South African schools. Assists children with learning problems.
P E R S O N A L
Born and raised on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Left there at age 42 to come to Worcester to marry. Enjoy cooking, baking, reading and brain games such as crossword puzzles and Sudoku.