From the early days of playing Maths24 and making number patterns out of the speedometer reading on his mom’s Opel Kadett, Andrew has been passionate about numbers. He founded Numeric in October 2011 when he set up his first Khan Academy pilot program in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. He spends most of his time thinking about how to make Khan Academy useful, accessible and relevant to South African learners.
While some of you enjoy a good book before going to sleep, Mariam prefers to challenge herself to a Sudoku puzzle before heading off to la-la land. She believes that every baking and cooking experience is a science experiment and her love for maths and science is evident from the enthusiasm she exudes when explaining the inner workings of the kettle and geyser to her mum. Perfecting her culinary skills, getting her fix of endorphins from road running and most recently, playing maths games with Grade 8s are some of her favourite pastimes.
With her big smile and make-the-circle-bigger attitude, Kristen will do almost anything to make learning fun! Singing out of tune, dancing slightly off beat, and stumbling over clicks while practicing Xhosa are just a few of the things she does to connect with learners. Although she loves teaching in the classroom, she now uses her passion for education to support and encourage our coaches. She is also fond of high-fives, hugs, and hand-written notes.
Aziza has personally experienced how education can unlock opportunities, and make a difference in the lives of ordinary people. When she first heard about Khan Academy, and then Numeric, her first reaction was: "@#$!! why didn't I think of that?", followed by the kind of excitement that she vaguely recalled from waiting for the delivery of the family's first television. Her dream is to have Khan Academy freely and effectively, available to every student in South Africa."
Designing computer games for his mother at the age of 15, Jared has always been into computers. His passion in education, however, came more as a result of teenage revolt to formal pedagogy and its mixed signals. He spends his time studying Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, Tutoring, working with Numeric, and thinking about how to make learning feel as empowering and positive as it should be.
Manyanani (or Mayo as he is affectionately known) is a fully qualified cricket coach, is mad about touch rugby, and is fond of wearing checked blazers and a scarf. Which just goes to show, anyone can be a Khan Academy coach! Jokes aside, Mayo is a passionate maths teacher who has taken a year out of his studies to join the Axium team in Zithulele (Eastern Cape) and to run their Khan Academy program there.
Yanga hails from the Eastern Cape and is a passionate maths educator. He has been volunteering at Ikamva Youth since 2011 and has been involved with Numeric almost from the start, first as a volunteer, then as a translator, and now as a coach. When he’s not being eccentric (who still uses a handkerchief?!) or working hard at school, he’s out in Khayelitsha working Khan Academy with a burgeoning group of grade nines learners.
Nick is defined by two things: A huge, goofy smile, and an uncanny ability to teach maths. Nick has been a volunteer at Ikamva Youth for several years and runs their Education without Borders (EWB) programme. He recently started coaching Khan Academy sessions with Grade 10s. Nick takes pride in out-mathing Harvard graduates on the puzzle boards, and is most fond of the following maths problem: 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = ?
Busi is taking a year out of her Bsc to give back to her community, and is pioneering the Khan Academy programme in Nyanga. She is passionate about biology and chemistry, but has taken on her role as a Khan Academy coach with consummate ease. She has a particular knack for getting young, uppity teens to do their times-tables quickly and accurately. No small feat as any maths teacher will attest!