In the run-up to the close of registration for our #ispasuperteachers competition, we will be featuring quite a few of our winners as well as finalists and their experiences of being part of this competition. It is therefore only apt to start with Mokhudu Machaba who not only has won this competition 3 times, but who has also gone on to win quite a few other accolades and competitions featuring ICT in Education!
She has been participating in this competition since 2009 and always made sure that she goes from strength to strength, never giving up, learning along the way. Every year we get a plethora of registrations from Limpopo and we suspect that it can be contributed in part to Mokhudu's caring and mentorship of her colleagues. She has used what she has learned, not just to engage her learners, but also to teach and support other teachers in getting familiar with the use of ICT in the classroom.
To illustrate her commitment to supporting her colleagues, she has trained more than 600 of her peers across the country at various conferences. She has presented workshops and done presentations at the SchoolNet, E-schools Network, Microsoft, South African Basic Education and EdTech conferences. She has trained principals at Bojanala district in the North West in 2015 and at the SAPA Conference in 2016. She was also chosen to represent us in 2015 at the E2 global conference, in Redmond, USA.
Her journey with technology has included working towards her Microsoft Certification and she has been a Microsoft Master Trainer since 2015. She has also extended her love for technology to her community where she has helped youth and women to become computer literate.
After entering and winning the #Ispasuperteachers competition, there was no stopping her and she has conquered quite a few competitions since. She was a finalist of the EDUWEEK 2016 Awards, the GESS 2017 awards, and this year she was a Winner of the 18th Annual teaching awards for Excellence in primary school teaching. She was also chosen as one of 50 most influencuel tech woman in South Africa last year.
The IPSAsuperteachers competition has, in a way been the original catalyst for Makhudu and she in turn has been mentored and supported to enter by previous ISPASuperteacher winners, Phuti Ragophala, Mabore Lekalakala as well as the first #ispasuperteacher winner Mmipe Mokgehle better known as Uncle George. We are therefore looking forward to getting many more teachers to follow in her footsteps!!!