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Cape Town – Former Ajax Cape Town youth coach and UWC Football head coach Stanton Smith has been appointed principal of Dryden Street Primary School in Salt River.
This follows the retirement of Bayar Laattoe and the passing of acting principal Cedric Joubert, and after Soraya Khan has been at the helm as acting principal for almost a year.
Stanton, an avid athlete, attended Settlers High School and competed in many sporting codes.
With football being his passion, he had the opportunity to play and study in the United States, where he won numerous awards in football.
Academically, he received the “Who’s Who Among American Students” – an award given only to top college / university sportspeople.
“I have a bachelor’s degree in administration from the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
“It gave me the opportunity to continue my academic development by earning a Masters of Education from Marshall University in the United States,” Smith said.
In 2008 he was appointed Ajax Cape Town youth coach.
He enrolled for a graduate degree at UWC where he became the university’s head football coach.
“It improved my leadership, organizational and management skills,” Smith said.
In 2012, his teaching career began at Meadowridge Elementary School in Mitchells Plain.
He went on to be a Level 1 educator at Eastridge Primary and in 2019 he got a post of Department Head at Caravelle Primary.
In 2020, Smith was appointed Deputy Principal of Cedar Elementary School.
“Now I have been given the leadership of Dryden… a historic learning institution… rich in tradition and character.
“I am ready to share my knowledge to give my team of educators… GBS learners… and the entire Dryden community my unique life skills which are grounded in foundational management qualities.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Ms.
“Soraya Khan, who had to put herself in the place of the main ones in no time with the sudden disappearance of Cédric Joubert. She did a great job at the helm, ”said Smith.