About Us

Silverleaf Academy believes high-quality affordable education should be available for all.

What is Silverleaf Academy?

Silverleaf Academy provides a high quality affordable education through various schools in our school network.  We believe that high quality affordable education should be available for all children.  Schools in developing countries often lack the teaching resources, teachers lack training, and parents cannot afford expensive alternatives.

We have developed a learning model that utilizes highly trained teachers, student centred learning approaches, integrated technology and increased parent involvement.

It is our goal that all Silverleaf schools lead to a greater level of success for students in academics, talent development, leadership and critical thinking skills.  We are working to create a future filled with opportunities for all. 

Our Company Values

Taking Big Leaps

Silverleaf Academy students, staff, and parents are encouraged to be excited to try new things, encouraged to take risks and taught to be comfortable making mistakes, learning and finding ways to improve.

Speaking, Listening And Learning

All those involved in Silverleaf Academy schools are motivated to clearly  share ideas, listen to others and work together looking at things from different perspectives and angles to identify the best ways forward in all tasks given.

Asking Why?And Why Not?

The Silverleaf experience teaches all to question things, to search for evidence and  facts to support decisions and push to make change in areas that have the potential to improve.

Leading The Way

Supporting others, innovating and leading in a honest, kind and loving way is  the expectation of all that engage in Silverleaf programs.

Living It

After encountering Silverleaf activities those who participate will show their determination in words and actions by believing in what they say and what they do.


Samwel Yonah­ Head Teacher

- Samwel Yonah -
Head Teacher

Samwel holds a Diploma in Education from Bishop Durning Teaching College. He has 6 years of teaching experience working within Tanzanian English Medium Private Schools. He is the Head of Silverleaf Mkombozi

Grace Makirita­ Classroom Teacher

- Grace Makirita­ -
Classroom Teacher

Grace holds a Certificate in Education from Intergrity Montessori Training Centre. She has 6 years experience working within Tanzanian English Medium Private schools. She is currently enrolled in Open University working toward a Bachelors of Education. Grace is the Head of Silverleaf Kiwawa

Kerri Elliott­ Education Lead

- Kerri Elliott­ -
Education Lead & CEO

With over a decade of classroom teaching behind her, and eight years working in Tanzania on Education projects, Kerri brings a wealth of expertise to her leadership of the company. She holds a B.S. in special education from Illinois State University, a Masters of Education in interdisciplinary Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and a General Educational Administration Certificate from Aurora University.

Christian Linda Business Development

- Christian Massawe -
Marketing and Operations Manager

Christian was born and raised in Moshi. He attended J.K Nyerere primary school, Mawenzi Secondary for ordinary level and Longido High School. He continued on to study at Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies to pursue a bachelor of Art in Community Economic Development and worked with Anza as a BDA.

- Elingaya Massawe -

Elingaya is certified public accountant graduated from the Institute of Finance Management (IFM). He brings a wealth of experience in group operations, group finance and administration. Eli is from Hai Kilimanjaro, and is thrilled to have this opportunity to see education transformed in his home. 

- Raphael Mboya -
Chief Operations Officer 

Raphael is a graduate from Mzumbe University, and joins us from the MFI Opportunity International. Raphael is responsible for all our operations, including our school buildings, equipment, transport – in short everything necessary to allow our teachers and pupils to focus upon learning.


Christian Linda Business Development

- Gordon Carver-

Gordon has worked on education projects in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Tanazania in the past eight years. Gordon designed, set up and led the successful MGCubed girls' education project and the Train For Tomorrow teacher training projects in Ghana. Gordon is passionate about raising the quality of education available to all Tanzanian families. Gordon was born in Kenya, went to school in the UK, and is a graduate of Cambridge and Yale Universities.

- James Wood -

James is the Managing Director of Schools Plus, a UK company, and has nearly twenty years’ experience working in the education sector. He has been a director of the Silverleaf since its foundation, and was elected to chair the Board in 2017. He has a BA in Law from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD business school.

- Tayeb Noorbhai -

Tayeb is a Tanzanian development professional with a decade of experience driving impact within the social business sector. His specialisation has been established in starting and scaling solutions to development in Tanzania. Tayeb contributes his impressive track record in delivering transformational change through business solutions.

Christian Linda Business Development

- Krupa Patel -

Krupa is the inspirational founder of Anza Entrepreneurs, a leading Tanzanian Incubator, and has a life-long passion for education. She believes that many of the major social can be addressed through social businesses, and brings her extensive experience in training and coaching in leadership, civic commitment and social entrepreneurship.

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