iDr Girlie Shadaya is Zimbabwean by birth but now lives permanently South Africa. She completed her initial teacher training in Zimbabwe. She holds a Certificate in Education, Bachelor of Education (Special Needs Education and Mathematics), Honours in Education, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy. All her higher qualifications’ focus of interest has been on children with special educational needs.
She worked as a teacher in Zimbabwe from 1993 to 2008. She then moved to South Africa and taught at Nombulelo Senior Secondary School in Grahamstown. After a brief spell in Cape Town she came back to teach in Grahamstown at Amasango Career School in October 2014. She was appointed deputy principal in June 2018 and has now taken over as acting principal on the retirement of LInda Ngamlana.