Sonette Schwartz was educated in South Africa and completed her education at the University of Pretoria. She spent the first ten years of her teaching career working in Africa in a variety of schools.
After immigrating to England in 1993 Sonette initially worked as an English teacher in Kent.
In September 2000 Sonette moved to The Cornwallis School in Maidstone where she remained till 2008. In her time at Cornwallis she was Head of English, Assistant Headteacher and Head of School.
In September 2008 Sonette became the Principal at Brockhill Park Performing Arts College in Hythe; she took the school through 4 successful OFSTED inspections and became Executive Principal in 2021. During her tenure she was a member of the Supervisory Directorate of the KMPF (Kent and Medway Progression Forum) and a founding member of the Ashford Teaching Alliance where she led on Initial Teacher Training. Furthermore, she served on the Senior Operational Group for the Pixl Organisation, an educational organisation interested in raising outcomes for all.
Sonette retired from education in September 2022. She has been a Trustee at CXK for 6 years and took up the Chair position on 1 January 2023.