Our Powerhouse Administration Team

Victoria Gichuhi

Principal

Victoria is a graduate of Moi University with a Bachelors degree in Education and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration from Kenyatta University. At Daraja, Victoria serves at the school Principal but also teaches Business studies and WISH (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) class. Victoria loves working at Daraja because it has enabled her to be an agent of girls’ empowerment. With each student in admiration of Victoria, she finds inspiration in each day teaching and working with Daraja students.

Charles Mbuto

Dean of Academics

Charles attended the University of Nairobi where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. At Daraja, Charles started out as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry, and now serves on the Administrative team as the Dean of Academics. Because of the fulfillment he gains from teaching, Charles still teaches Biology, Physics, and Geography to the first and second year classes. Currently, Charles is taking classes with Mount Kenya University to earn a post-graduate certificate in Education. He loves Daraja because it is a school where the students, staff, and teachers each have a voice.

Hellen M. Ngunjiri

Business Manager

Hellen received her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Barkatullah University in India. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Diploma in Personal Management. Hellen joined Daraja in March 2014 after working for a financial management consulting firm for many years. She is happy to be a part of the beautiful vision that is Daraja, where the school is a bridge to help the girls reach their dreams and support them to be women with visions.

Carol Wanjiku Mwangi

Transition Program Manager

Until 2012, Carol taught English and Literature at Daraja before becoming the Transition Program Manager. Carol holds a certification in Education and is pursuing a Bachelors Degree at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Carol says that Daraja Academy is her home by extension; it has given her a platform for growth and holds a special place in her heart. The positive attitude that Daraja students have about changing themselves and their communities adds joy to Carol’s life and profession. She loves teaching because she has a great passion for it.

Jason Doherty

Founder

After graduating from the University of San Diego, Jason moved to Maicambako, Tanzania where he lived and worked at a secondary school. Before starting Daraja in 2008, Jason returned to California to earn his teaching credentials, met his wife, and began his teaching career with Terra Linda High School in San Rafael and Hogan High School in Vallejo.

Jason’s duties change on a daily basis, ranging from project development and implementation, fundraising, substitute teaching in History class, to chasing a mongoose out of the girl’s bathroom. To Jason, Daraja is a dream come true where each day he can witness individuals making the world a better place.

Jenni Doherty

Founder

Jenni graduated from Sonoma State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. From there she used her education as a Research Associate for WestEd, an educational consulting firm in San Francisco, California. In 2008, Jenni moved to Kenya with her husband, Jason, to start Daraja Academy. As the first woman in her family to graduate from university, she values her education and wants to share that opportunity with all the women that she encounters. This project is truly her life’s work and she looks forward to each day that she gets to work with the incredible Daraja girls, dedicated staff, and passionate supporters of this program.

Our Phenomenal Support Team

Sarah Muthoni

Administrative Assistant

Sarah was born and raised in Nyeri, Central Kenya, where she attended both primary and secondary school. After attending Othaya Girls High School, she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2011 from Kenyatta University. At Kenyatta, Sarah focused on subjects in Finance. She joined the Daraja family in September 2012 and works as the Administrative Assistant. Sarah has learned a lot since she joined Daraja and says the Daraja girls are a source of inspiration for her.

Stephen Stems

Program Development Officer

Stephen is pro-development and women’s empowerment, with a great emphasis on quality education. His background is on International Development and economics. His is passionate about promoting cross-cultural sharing as a means of sustainable development, specifically through volunteerism. He believes girls’ empowerment will not only change regional communities, but also transform the world.

Our Incredible Teachers & Faculty

Samuel Wainaina

Chemistry & Mathematics

Samuel joined Daraja in January 2014 as a Chemistry and Mathematics teacher. He holds a Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Math from University of Nairobi as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. Samuel enjoys working at Daraja because he has an active role in creating better tomorrow for the young ladies. Mr. Wainaina served as the class teacher for the Class of 2015.

Mercy Gichohi

Head of Mathematics & Science Departments; Biology

Before joining the Daraja faculty, Mercy graduated from Mombasa Polytechnic University College. She pursued teaching with the intention of changing the destinies of many generations and she sees each day as an adventure where she gets to interact with young girls who aspire to impact others. At Daraja, Mercy teaches Biology and Chemistry and has authored a Division book in Biology to prepare students in Kenya for the National Examinations. Mercy also served as the class teacher for the Class of 2014.

Gladys Kaari Joesph

Mathematics, Chemistry, and Business

Gladys holds a Bachelors of Education Science with an emphasis in Mathematics and Chemistry from Maseno University. She joined Daraja in January 2014 as Mathematics, Chemistry, and Business teacher. She also is the class teacher for the Class of 2017 and teaches WISH (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) class. She will be pursuing her Masters degree in September 2014. Daraja is Gladys’s dream place of work. She loves Daraja because of the love the girls have for education and the wonderful environment for learning.

Celestine Jerotich

C.R.E., Kiswahili & W.I.S.H.

Celestine graduated University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Education (Arts), specializing in C.R.E. and Kiswahili. She joined Daraja in 2016. Celestine admires Daraja’s unique model, and appreciates the holistic approach of Daraja, versus exam-centered. She believes when girls are taught all aspects of life, they will become holistic people who can change the world.

Nicholas Bii

Business, Geography & Economics

Mr. Bii received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Economics from Egerton University in 2012. Mr. Bii is Class Teacher for Class of 2018. He considers Daraja his second home and enjoys working with girls to achieve their dreams.

Gladys Kerubo

Agriculture, C.R.E., Kiswahili

Gladys is a graduate of Mount Kenya University with a Bachelor of Education in special needs secondary option (Agriculture and Biology). Gladys loves teaching and has a passion for games.

Denis Murimi

Network Administrator & Computer Studies Teacher

Denis is from Kanja, Embu County. He graduated from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Joined the vibrant Daraja family in early 2015 as an IT specialist and computer studies teacher. He loves Daraja because the program transforms young girls’ talents into skill sets for future leaders.

Caroline Wachuka Muraya

Mathematics and Agriculture

Teacher Carol comes to us from Muranga County in the highlands of the Aberdares Mountain Range. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Education where she concentrated on Mathematics and Geography from Moi University. She joined the Daraja teaching team in January 2013 after developing a deep love for teaching in other schools. Carol loves Daraja because assisting the eager students always gives her great satisfaction. In addition to teaching during the school day, Carol serves as the class teacher for the Class of 2015, and oversees Daraja’s sports program.

James Maina

Physics and Mathematics

At Kenyatta University, James earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. Though he was not initially trained as a teacher, he searched for a teaching job after graduation in order to learn if he would enjoy the profession. After discovering his love for teaching, James earned a post-graduate degree in Education at Mount Kenya University. James especially loves working at Daraja because it has enabled him to challenge himself and provide what is best for his learners.

Marura Mashengu

English, History, W.I.S.H.

Marura completed her Bachelor’s degree program in Education, Linguistics and Literature from the University of Nairobi. She is excited to join Daraja because, “Daraja is a bridge, and I believe we are creating great change makers in our society.”

Elizabeth Njoki Njoroge

English

Elizabeth attended Makerere University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She has been teaching English and Literature at Daraja since January 2013 and serves as the class teacher for the Class of 2016. She says that teaching at Daraja Academy is an exciting learning experience and she loves that students come from communities all over Kenya. She is proud to report that she has grown in her profession and loves Daraja!

Peter Rutere

Facilities

The master fundi (craftsman) on campus, Rutere is the Director of Operations. Between fixing water leaks and solving generator issues, Rutere also runs errands in town and picks up foods like beans and maize that are not produced on campus in the farm. He is in charge of making sure all systems around Daraja are running smoothly.

Conso Mwavishi

Dorm Matron

Conso, known as “Mama” among many of the students, has lived on campus since pre-Daraja days when the campus was home to the Baraka School. In November 2012, Conso’s role on campus shifted from cook to Dorm Matron. As the Dorm Matron, Conso ensures sure that the needs of the girls are met, and they know to approach her with any issues they may encounter.

Christopher Letting

Head of Security

Like Conso, Chris has worked on campus since the pre-Daraja days and now serves as our head security. When he is not at the gate, Chris can be found reading novels, or coaching Daraja’s football (soccer) and volleyball teams. Chris thinks that girls’ education is extremely important and loves working with such happy people.

Teresa Muraya

Daraja Store

As the manager of the recently opened Daraja Vision Store, Teresa hails from nearby Nanyuki. She holds a certificate from Partners Computer College and Eagle College of Accounting and has a KAIC I accounting certification. Teresa loves working at Daraja because people live and work as one family.

Joseph Maina

Head of Farm

Maina is the head of the shamba (farm) on Daraja’s campus. From Naibor, the nearest settlement to Daraja, Maina joined the Daraja staff in March 2012. He is incredibly talented in and excited about farming and loves spending his time outside. When asked what his favorite part about Daraja is, Maina responded with two alliterative words without any hesitation: farming and family.

The farm staff also includes John, Joseph, Nicholas, and Stanley.