Meet Our Team

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Lieze Puren


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


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 37 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 7 & 8 class.

Cathy Sheridan

Head of Junior Hub

Cathy comes with 18 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.

Roelene Smuts

Grade 1 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 currently teaches Grade 1. Roelene is a talented musician and puts these skills to good use with her little Grade 1’s. She always has a welcoming smile for our visitors.

Taryn Roos

Grade 3 Teacher

Taryn completed her Bachelor of Commerce in 2010 and obtained a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in 2012. Her majors were Mathematics, Economics and Mathematical Statistics. In 2013 Taryn took up a post at Holy Cross Primary School, where she taught Grade 7 for 5 years. Taryn is a highly organised teacher with the ability to lead a team of teachers. She has devised, written and produced new and innovative teaching materials, including audio and visual resources. Taryn joined CKLH in January 2018 and taught our Grade 6 class. She moved to take over our Grade 3 class in Term 2 of 2018.

Jennifer Foster

Grade 4 & 5 Teacher

Jennifer obtained her B.Ed in Foundation Phase in 2007 and has 10 years of teaching experience. She taught at Kraaifontein A.M.E. Primary for 10 years, where she gained a vast amount of experience in teaching Grade 1 and Grade 3. Jennifer joined CKLH in January 2017 and is currently teaching our Grade 4 & 5 class. She is thoroughly enjoying the transition of bringing the kids from Foundation Phase into Middle Phase of learning.

Esmarie Carstens

Grade 9 Teacher

Esmarie has completed her BA Psychology degree and has worked with Nikki and Lieze for 5 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 cooking programme at the Senior Hub, and teaching our Grade 9 class.

Joubert Gildenhuys

Grade 10/11 Facilitator & French- and 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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Contact Info

1 Basson St, Durbanville, Cape Town, 7550

Phone: 021 975 4295


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