The core of our school, its beating heart, is the people that make up the Lighthouse community. All of these diverse groups working together make something beautiful.
Matthew Nissley - Dean of Students, Secondary School
Yogesh Caulleechurn - Dean of Curriculum, Secondary School
Caroline Shiu Koon Sien - Coordinator of Curriculum, Primary School
Ashley Jhurree – Coordinator of Students, Primary School
Lighthouse is governed by a group of directors who work on the strategic vision, infrastructure, fundraising and identification of talent to ensure integrity, relevance and viability. The directors contribute their time and skills on a voluntary basis.
Mrs Jessica Akehurst is the Interim Head of Primary at Lighthouse. Mrs Akehurst, a Canadian, has served most recently in leadership in a group of 5 international schools, comprising 4,000 students, in Qatar. Mrs Akehurst has also served in schools in China, Poland and Canada, and has a passion for inspiring and promoting excellence in teaching and learning. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Education as well as a B.A. in Music, along with a National Award (Canada) for coordination of Special Educational Needs. She believes healthy relationships are vital in our community and particularly enjoys supporting Lighthouse families. She lives in Mauritius with her husband and two sons.
Mr Pearce joins Lighthouse after serving in leadership at Cornerstone College in Adelaide, Australia for 15 years. He has also taken leadership of their digital learning framework implementation and technology in education is an area of special interest. Mr Pearce is also a Design and Technology specialist while enjoying curriculum development and instructional leadership in all areas. He is lives in Mauritius with his wife Kristen, who is also a teacher at Lighthouse, and they have two children in Australia. Mr Pearce enjoys getting to know students as individuals and believes a well-rounded education can be transformative in the lives of high school students.
Corinne Ah Yow brings a wealth of accounting and operational management experience to the Lighthouse board. Corinne was the COO of a leading company in the window covering and soft flooring industry for more than 20 years. She has been also an accountant in a manufacturing and a conglomerate of services. Corinne took an early retirement to use her talents, skills and time for God through the educational field. She is particularly driven by giving her personal best and professional experience to enterprises like Lighthouse which seek a social good.
Darnelle Pretorius has been teaching and leading in primary and secondary schools for over 30 years, including as Principal of Lighthouse for two years. She is currently the Principal of St Stephen’s School’s Carramar campus in Perth, Australia. Dr Pretorius is an educator, researcher, and proponent of education as the pathway to support young people to change the world. She is particularly interested in educational innovation and inclusion. She has completed a Masters of Education and a Doctoral Thesis at the University of Western Australia.
Stephen Andrews has loved Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands ever since he spent some years growing up in Kenya and was able to visit the Seychelles and Mauritius. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Business in his native Australia, majoring in Accounting, and after further study, was admitted as a Certified Practicing Accountant (with CPA Australia). Stephen has lived in Mauritius with his family for 10 years, managing a consulting and accounting business.
Marc Dalais is Chief Executive Officer of the Celero Group, a logistics and shipping agency group operating in Mauritius and Madagascar, which he founded in 2009. His career in logistics spans various companies in South Africa, France and Mauritius after university studies in Business and Commerce in South Africa. Marc has also been active in various trade associations and boards, and currently serves on the board of CIEL Ltd. Marc is passionate about social enterprises and education.
Susanna Dalais co-founded Lighthouse with Marc in 2009. Prior to starting the school, Susanna managed group strategy for a financial services and information technology group, Loita, focused on sub-Saharan Africa. Her areas of practice included capital markets transactions and bank management in various African countries. She holds a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University and was a Fulbright scholar. A dual US-Mauritian citizen, Susanna is interested in issues of social justice, politics and societal transformation.