Meet Our Team

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Lieze Puren

Principal

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.

Nikki Puren

Director

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.

Charlotte Bruyns

Head of Senior Hub

Charlotte comes with 38 years of experience in the teaching profession. She started her career at Panorama Primary, where she taught a Grade 5 and 6 class and headed up the English and Maths department for 8 years. Charlotte then took some time off to raise her children, but went back into teaching in 2002. She took up a post at De Kuilen Primary School, where she was the Mathematics Lead teacher and acting Head of Department in the Intermediate and Senior Phase.

Charlotte has extensive experience in Public speaking and preparing children for the Tygerberg Eisteddfod in unprepared reading, creative writing and poetry. In her free time, Charlotte also taught Mathematics up to Grade 12, where she prepared the students for their end of year exams. In 2013 she took up a post at Reddam House Durbanville, previously known as Chesterhouse International School as the Grade 7 Head and taught Maths from Grade 5 to 7. Charlotte is our Senior Hub Head and teaches the Grade 9 class.

Cathy Sheridan

Head of Junior Hub

Cathy comes with 19 years of experience, starting her career at El Shaddai Christian School in Durbanville, where she taught Grade 2 and 3. She then took up a position at Chesterhouse International School, where she was a Grade 3 class teacher and the Head of Art and Culture. She did a phenomenal job and implemented an external Eisteddfod programme for Grade 1 to 7. Cathy was also very involved in the research and implementation of a school programme for gifted students. In 2009 Cathy was offered a position at Elkanah House, where she taught Grade 1 and 3 and was part of the Independent Schools of South Africa evaluation and accreditation team.

Since 2013 Cathy has been at Reddam House Durbanville, where she has been teaching Gr 1 and 3 respectively. Currently, she is heading up the Curriculum Development and Innovation portfolio that deals with keeping up with the latest trends in the Cambridge Curriculum. Cathy is in the process of finishing her PhD in Counselling, on the topic “The positive impact of animals and nature in the therapeutic process”. Cathy is our Junior Hub Head and teaches Grade 1 and 2.

Jenny Van Veyeren

Head of Clever Clogs

Jenny has been teaching in Early Years for 8 years. She grew up in Pretoria, before moving to Dubai in 2001, where she lived for 12 years. Jenny spent many years in commercial business before finding her passion for early childhood education in Dubai. She obtained a UK teaching qualification while working at the diverse cultural Repton International School in Dubai in the Early Years Department for 3 years.

Jenny returned to South Africa in July 2013 where she took up a position at Reddam House Durbanville, formerly known as Chesterhouse International School, in January 2014. Here she taught Nursery for 5 years, using the Reggio Emilia teaching approach for the last 2 ½ years. Jenny fell in love with the freedom of expression, curiosity-driven learning, focus on nature and the community of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy values.

In 2017, she completed a qualification in Adult Basic Education and Training through UNISA. Jenny joined CKLH in January 2019 as Pre-School Head and is teaching our Pre-School Nursery and Reception class.

She is dedicated to the social and emotional development of the children and makes it her goal to ensure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. Jenny loves the hands-on experience of learning through play with young students. With her patience, flexibility and love every unique child reaches their full potential.

Roelene Smuts

Grade 2 & 3 Teacher

Roelene obtained her B.Ed in Foundation Phase in 2016 and completed her Honours in Special Needs Education in 2017. Roelene began her qualified teaching career at CKLH in March 2017. She taught the Grade 2 & 3 class in 2017 and Grade 1 in 2018. She is currently teaching our Grade 2 and 3 class for 2019. Roelene is a talented musician and puts these skills to good use with her little Grade 2 and 3’s. She also always has a welcoming smile for our visitors.

Kay Pienaar

Grade 4 Teacher

Kay earned her B.Ed (Hons) in Educational Support at the end of 2018 and relocated to Cape Town from Uitenhage to join the CKLH Team. She began her teaching journey as a teacher’s assistant in Grade 5 at Caledon Preparatory School, Uitenhage, while studying for her B.Ed (Intermediate Phase) and then with Uitenhage Primary School for Grades 6 and 7, also as an assistant teacher. After qualifying for her B.Ed (Intermediate phase) she became the Grade 5 teacher at Uitenhage Primary School where she gained excellent teaching experience for this age group and also began to see the need for extra help for children with dyslexia. Kay began her own support school after hours for children with dyslexia. She ran this successful tutor school for two years before relocating to join CKLH in January 2019.

Connie de Jager

Grade 5 Teacher

Connie began her teaching journey in Thailand, where she taught English to a variety of grades. She returned to South Africa after a year in Thailand to teach at El Shaddai Christian Academy, Eastern Cape. Connie taught Grades 5 to 7 and gained great experience with children who have learning barriers within a mainstream system. This is where she saw the need for smaller environments for children with learning barriers or who suffer from anxiety. Connie’s next post took her to Kiddi Care Academy, where she worked with children with special needs. Connie was the HOD of the Senior Phase for this pre-school and gained valuable leadership experience. Connie joined CKLH in August 2018 after relocating to Cape Town and took over from Taryn in Grade 3. She is now our Grade 5 teacher.

Esmarie Carstens

Deputy Head – Senior Hub

Grade 7 Teacher

Esmarie has completed her BA Psychology degree and has worked with Nikki and Lieze for 6 and a half years as learning support, a private facilitator and was our first teacher at CKLH. Esmarie has a passion for teaching kids with learning barriers and has a wide range of experience with helping to overcome them.

Esmarie believes that incorporating the digital world within the school environment is the only way forward. She is currently working on digitising our curriculum to enable our pupils to learn in more interactive ways. Esmarie is also our in house photographer and social media co-ordinator, as well as heading up the science curriculum at the Senior Hub, and teaches our Grade 7 class.

Liezel Kohler

Grade 6 Teacher

Liezel has a colourful, culturally diverse and exciting teaching background. She spent 6 years teaching both locally and abroad in South Korea, Cambodia, and South Africa, and spent 2018 on the Africa Mercy Ship in Cameroon. These experiences have allowed for many learning opportunities and have enabled her to become an adaptable educator, who can reflect on her own teaching style and make improvements or changes where needed. In Cambodia, Liezel was employed at Asian Hope International School, a school where teachers were encouraged to differentiate learning activities and create interactive lessons. Students were actively involved and it was a priority to ensure that all students’ learning needs were met through various teaching and learning strategies. She used this experience to help gain her Masters in Education with the Torch Trinity University, Seoul, South Korea in 2015. Liezel has taught predominantly in the Intermediate Phase, along with a short period teaching Grade 1 at Croma Christian International School and at Kenridge Primary for a maternity cover post. Liezel joined CKLH in January 2019 as the Grade 6 teacher.

Debbie Spangenberg

Grade 8 Teacher

Debbie has returned to teaching from being a full-time Mom to two beautiful girls. She earned her B.A. (Hons) Psychology and a PGCE in 2005. She began her teaching career at Kenridge Primary School as an Intermediate Teacher, where she witnessed the rising epidemic of children becoming overwhelmed by the pressure in the mainstream system. Debbie has a passion for the emotional well-being of all her students and for the provision of individualised teaching for each learning style. She joins CKLH in January 2019 as the Grade 8 Teacher.

Joubert Gildenhuys

Grade 10 & 11 Facilitator

French & English Teacher

Our current French teacher, Joubert Gildenhuys, is a language expert holding both a BA (Hons) Degree in French, and a BA (Hons) Degree in German. Joubert taught English at Collège Paul Valéry, a French Primary School, as well as at Lycée Robert Schuman, a French High School for close to a year. He also taught French at the University of Stellenbosch for two years, and has now been teaching French to our CKLH students since early 2017. As of January 2019, Joubert is the Grade 10 & 11 International GCSE Facilitator, and also continues to teach French and English to CKLH’s students.

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1 Basson St, Durbanville, Cape Town, 7550

Phone: 021 975 4295

Web: cleverkids.school

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