They say the influence of a teacher can never be erased. Here we introduce you to a few of the wonderful teachers making their mark at some of our top North Coast schools …
TAMZYN NAIDOO – CURRO MOUNT RICHMORE
English teacher Tamzyn Naidoo has a Bachelors of Educators Intermediate Phase and teaches English at Curro Mount Richmore. Her role, she says is to enhance learners and create and develop their love for the English language. “I joined Curro Mount Richmore directly after college, first volunteering at the school, and then being offered a position. My favourite subject offering at Curro Mount Richmore is Robotics. Things my students might not know about me are that I have done a fufi slide over a lake and that I make the best milk tart! I love Curro Mount Richmore because the staff are the friendliest bunch of people I have ever met.” Details: 1 New Salt Rock Road, Salt Rock, 087 285 1671
DARYL CURRIN – CURRO MOUNT RICHMORE
Daryl Currin has a Bachelor of Education degree and teaches Grade 4 Mathematics as well as Afrikaans First Additional Language (FAL) for Grade 6 and 7. He is the subject head for Afrikaans FAL and Grade 6 subject specialist for Afrikaans FAL. He is responsible for the Grade 6 Afrikaans syllabus for the Curro group. He previously worked at Werda Skool. “Out of my classroom, you will find me mountain biking or hiking and occasionally seeking an adventure thrill! My most memorable to date was bungy jumping. I really enjoy working at Curro Mount Richmore because we are one big, diverse family and we stick together through thick and thin. We are always there for one another.”
Details: 1 New Salt Rock Road, Salt Rock, 087 285 1671
ALICIA FOX – CURRO MOUNT RICHMORE
With a Bachelor of Education degree, Alicia teaches Grade 2 English and Foundation Phase drama at Curro Mount Richmore. “I enjoy seeing the learners be creative and think fast on their feet. Previously I taught at Werda Skool and I was also a private tutor. I have to say that Drama is my favourite extra mural, but I’m definitely biased, as it is what I enjoy doing! I do however like the fact that our school has a balanced extra mural curriculum and all learners have something that they can take part in. I sing and dance for fun and love swimming in the ocean and going to the beach. I wish I could perform on a big stage one more time! I have been happier at Curro Mount Richmore than at any other school I’ve previously worked at.”
Details: 1 New Salt Rock Road, Salt Rock, 087 285 1671
JARRYD BYRON – CURRO MOUNT RICHMORE
With a Masters in Counselling Psychology, Jarryd’s role at Curro Mount Richmore is as the school psychologist. He previously worked in a private practice, lectured and supervised psychology honours students. “My favourite extra mural sport is Hockey. Something the students may not know about me, is that I cage dive with great white sharks for fun! I also collect different currencies from around the world. I enjoy the fact that I am able to perform my job to the best of my ability with the support of my superiors.”
Details: 1 New Salt Rock Road, Salt Rock,
087 285 1671
NICOLE VON BERG – OPEN MINDED LEARNING
Being a teacher allows you to instill life lessons that children will never forget and puts you in a position to influence their decisions, behaviours, strengths and imagination. “I have always had a passion for teaching children with learning difficulties. For the last four years, I have been dedicated to working with children on the Autism spectrum and now have the privilege of running my own learning centre, helping these children reach their academic and personal potential. Through my years of teaching, I have discovered the importance of incorporating creativity, fun and enthusiasm into lessons in order to grasp academic concepts. As an educator you never stop learning and adapting. Every child is unique and so is every teacher.
Details: [email protected], www.openmindedlearning.co.za
CLIFTON BARTHOLOMEW – REDDAM HOUSE BALLITO
Clifton has always been in love with academics, solving puzzles and critical thinking – the ideal combination to grow an Information Technology and Coding department at Reddam House Ballito. He believes knowing your way around computers and how to code is a super power. At Reddam there is a unique buzz around game development and coding and Clifton has been amazed at the technical ability of the students and has created spaces where they have the freedom to forge ahead. One of his goals is to get students creating software for local business; to show the world the power and creativity of young people given the right environment. Details: Reddam Ballito, Ballito Drive, 031 140 8808, [email protected]
WOUTER OELOFSE – REDDAM HOUSE BALLITO
Wouter (aka Monsieur O) brings his considerable experience and passion to Reddam House Ballito. With a degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Grenoble, he attended the Alliance Française de Paris, the CIEP de Sèvres and the CAVILAM de Vichy. Wouter has been a leader in the French teaching community in South Africa for more than 25 years and serves on the panel of matric French examiners. He enjoys growing his students to confidently hold their own when speaking with mother tongue French speakers and his long career allows him to follow the careers of his students as they succeed as lecturers, doctors and business executives in France. His greatest reward is discovering past students who remember how to speak French, decades after their matric year. Details: Reddam Ballito, Ballito Drive, 031 140 8808, [email protected]
ROBYN WIGGETT – REDDAM HOUSE UMHLANGA
Mrs Robyn Wiggett is the Director of Sport at Reddam House Umhlanga Preparatory School and leads the operational sporting events. Robyn’s passion for all forms of sport extends beyond her responsibility to deliver quality sporting opportunities – she also provides pathways for participation to high performance level training, ensuring that coaches of a high calibre are sourced to train the students. An accomplished sportswoman and avid hockey player, Robyn is fiercely competitive and keeps her pulse on all forms of development and progress in the sporting codes. Robyn instils this spirit in her students and has braved weather conditions and the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that students train safely and can participate in matches against other schools. Robyn is also a qualified teacher, with her subjects being Sports Science and Natural Science.
Details: Reddam Umhlanga, 21 Preston Drive Prestondale, 031 566 5736, [email protected]
HEIDI REA – DURBAN GIRLS’ COLLEGE
Durban Girls’ College takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Mrs Heidi Rea as the new Executive Head from 1 January 2022. Mrs Rea has 28 years of educational experience. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc Mathematics major and then completed an Honours Degree in Psychology. An energetic, high- performance leader with experience and expertise in primary and high school education, boarding, academic, cultural and sporting excellence, Mrs Rea marks a new chapter for DGC in their 145th year as they continue to embrace positive change through a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit that is the legacy of the DGC Founders.
Details: 031 268 7200, 586 Musgrave Rd, Durban.