Mrs. Priscilla Were is an educational system reformer. She heads Butere School in the western part of Kenya where she is pioneering a unique model of raising aspirations and attainment levels in students from underprivileged communities. In her first job as a volunteer untrained teacher after her A levels (high school) at 22 years of age, she was tasked with starting a school that is still thriving. Her teaching career spanned a period of 31 years took her through deputy principal for 2 years and principal 29 years during which she transformed the two schools in character and academic achievement in both schools. Successively she moved the schools to top ten ranking nationally. Her current school, Butere High School, has moved from a grade point average in the 2+ range to an average of 7.4 (on a 12 point scale) in four years. But more importantly for many, is her vision of building a school on values. The school has no rules, no prefects (supervisors, overseers, reminders and custodians of rules)… the girls are coached, mentored and encouraged to live the values such as honesty and integrity on a daily basis.

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