Tinhiko Tsholofelo Mashaba Nkuna

South Africa

Deputy Dean

Tinhiko is the steward of student success and leads the Student Support team in ensuring that every student is appropriately challenged and supported.

Tinhiko leads the Student Support team in ensuring that students are supported throughout their journey at ALA. She leads the Year Heads in their roles and various tasks. This includes, but is not limited to, gathering and collating meaningful information about students that will direct their efforts (receiving feedback from the Year Heads and analysing various trackers to make certain that students are appropriately challenged), the effective and smooth running of the advisory programme, collaboration with the Wellness team in ensuring students all round wellbeing and collaboration with the University Guidance team in guiding students from their subject selection, to discovering and designing their mission and purpose and creating clear paths for their post ALA lives. Tinhiko also chairs the Disciplinary Council and also mentors and coaches the Honour Council, alongside Ms Anne. Tinhiko also explores and implements extracurricular opportunities for the student body.

Before coming to ALA, Tinhiko joined St Mary’s School, Waverley as an intern teacher in 2015. After qualifying as a teacher at the end of 2015, she taught History and also taught an integrated subject called e4. Tinhiko then took over as Head of Phelps House and worked closely with student leadership in creating an environment where members of Phelps House felt a sense of belonging and participated in various co-curricular activities. In 2017, Tinhiko joined the Deputies team by being appointed as Deputy: Innovation. Tinhiko led the school’s innovation strategic imperatives. She led St Mary’s admittance into the National Coalition of Girls School, oversaw the creation, design and implementation of an inquiry-based learning area, introduced a new examination schedule for juniors (grades 8-9), redesigned the professional development programme and implemented an isiZulu and Sesotho language lab for staff and senior girls who did not an indigenous South African during their High School career. She also thoroughly enjoyed teaching grade 8 and 9 French in her final year at St Mary’s.

Tinhiko has signed up to join the marimba group (or play a part in its creation) and also looks forward to working with ALApella.

Tinhiko Nkuna (4)