Our Founders

Ms. Dawn R. Burks-Magara


Dawn R. Burks-Magara is an American educator with fifteen years experience as a teacher and administrator. She holds a Master's degree in Education from the University of Maryland College Park, in the state of Maryland, USA. Her undergraduate studies were in Political Science and Spanish from Ithaca College in New York, USA.


As a true global citizen, Dawn has studied and worked in the USA, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. She began her teaching career as a pre-school teacher and has also added elementary education certification to her portfolio, coupled with valuable experience teaching in a public community school, as well as a private special education school in the USA. Dawn has been noted within education circles for her high standards, commitment and expertise within child development. She has been sought after for her expertise in integrating real life situations within the classroom, child motivation and child behaviour management. 


Upon her arrival to Uganda in 2014, Dawn saw a need for high quality pre-school and elementary education for children in Entebbe. She envisioned a school with children from diverse backgrounds that would foster a love for learning, as well as develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Today, she draws on her extensive experience of interacting with children from multiple cultures, social and cognitive backgrounds, and has made it her mission to lead Muvule Academy as the prime early childhood learning centre in Entebbe. She strives to help children to develop the critical skills to navigate the world around them, become knowledgeable, curious, reflective and empathetic global citizens. Dawn’s own daughter attends the Academy, as she feels that the school is truly the best start that can be given to her young child.

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