The History of Clever Kids
Nikki began her tertiary education with a Montessori diploma and taught in London at The Kindergartens. During her break from working, Nikki had 4 children and studied for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. She went back to teaching at The Kindergartens and headed up Crescent III Kindergarten, London. The family then moved to South Africa where Nikki spent time raising her children before embarking on the venture of Clever Kids Learning Hub. Her passion has always been children with special needs in education and she has experienced it first hand, as her eldest son has dyslexia.
During the last 20 years, Nikki’s journey in education has been an informative and varied one. Her belief is that every child can learn if each child’s needs are fulfilled and their interests are ignited. All children need to believe in themselves and to find a passion of their own to motivate them to strive for their best. Responsibility and self-discipline go hand-in-hand with their needs being provided for, so that a confident, motivated and aspiring young adult goes out into the world, ready for all that lies ahead.
Lieze started her teaching journey in London after obtaining her teaching degree in 1998 at the University of Potchefstroom in the Northwest province. During her time in the United Kingdom, she completed her Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which gave her the opportunity to be internationally qualified. This qualification has given Lieze an extra dimension to the educational needs of children globally. After six years of teaching and travelling the globe, she returned to the shores of South Africa and settled in Cape Town. Lieze accepted a post at the International School of Hout Bay, where she worked for two years, co-ordinating the SAT’s programme and managing the sports programme for the Preparatory School.
In 2006, Lieze started her tenure at Chesterhouse School in Durbanville. In 2013, she was promoted as Head of the Preparatory School where she gained a vast amount of experience in all aspects of education. It was here that Lieze realised that all children learn in different ways and a unique approach to education is the way forward. This inspired Lieze to complete her B Ed Honours degree in Educational Management and use her experience to embark on a new journey. Lieze’s belief in the importance of the holistic development of the child was paramount to the birth of Clever Kids Learning Hub. When there is order in the environment, there is order in the mind.