Staff


Our teachers (called Directresses or Directors) are all qualified  to teach in the environments in which they have been placed and are all registered with SACE (South African Council for Educators). Our staff are aware that learning never ends and are always refreshing and updating their knowledge through on-going courses. In-house Montessori training does take place, but traditionally qualified teachers are encouraged to complete training and practical experience in Montessori Methodology through accredited training institutions.

The head directress (principal) of Preschool and Junior School is Sonia Heaton, the head director (principal) of Middle and High School is Gerhard Claassen and the Management Team consists of Sonia Heaton,  Gerhard Claassen, Leighann Campbell (Business Manager), and Taddy Beyleveld, Educational Consultant and Founder.

MANAGEMENT

Sonia Heaton

Principal Preschool and Junior School

Gerhard Claassen

Principal Middle and High School

Leighann Campbell

Business Manager

Taddy Beyleveld

– Founder
– Curriculum and Training Directress

ADMIN STAFF

Patricia Qakamfana

Reception
Uniform Shop

Liezel Brazier

Office Administrator
Admissions
Principals Secretary

Ilse Claassen

Financial Administrator

Leighann Campbell

Business Manager

PRESCHOOL STAFF

Joey Keyser

Directress
2-3 Year Phase

Joy Diedericks

Directress
3-6 Year Phase

Tatu Smurfit

Directress
3-6 Year Phase

Marlene Jantjies

Assistant – Joey
2-3 Year Phase

Modie Mbonde

Assistant – Joy
3-6 Year Phase

Hilda Jantjies

Assistant – Tatu
3-6 Year Phase

JUNIOR SCHOOL STAFF

Sonia Heaton

Principal Preschool and Junior School

Directress
6-9 Year Phase

Nakkie Lategan

Directress
6-9 Year Phase

Lindi Leve

Assistant – Sonia
6-9 Year Phase

Hannah Phillips

Assistant – Nakkie
6-9 Year Phase

Bradley Clack

Intern
6-9 Year Phase

Bianca Botha

Directress
9-12 Year Phase

Lusanda Mhlakaza

Director
9-12 Year Phase

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STAFF

Gerhard Claassen

Middle & High School Principal

High School
-Physical Science

Del Dearmer

Middle School Hub Directress
– Social Science
– EMS & Entrepreneurship

Claire McCarthy

Middle School
– English HL
– Social Science
– Science & Technology

Hennie Nigrini

Middle School
– Afrikaans FAL
– Social Science
– Science & Technology

Chris Viljoen

Middle School
– Mathematics
– Life Orientation

James Stead

Middle School (Part time)
– Creative Arts

Taddy Beyleveld

Middle School
– Founder
– EMS & Entrepreneurship guide

Max Campbell

Middle School
– Student teacher

Alison Knox

Middle School
– Creative Arts
High School
– Visual Art
– Design

Dana Miles

High School
– Life Science
– CAT
– Life Orientation

Nadia Ballan

High School
– English HL

Marne Nigrini

High School
– Afrikaans FAL
– Mathematic Literacy

Yvonne van Wyk

High School
– Geography
– Accounting
– Business Study

Peter Vieyra

High School
– Mathematics
– CAT

SPORTS STAFF

Tarryn Edkins

Sports Coordinator
Junior School
– Swimming
-Netball
– Hockey
Middle & High School
– Swimming
-Hockey

Marlett Watson

Junior School
– Athletics
– Hockey
Middle & High School
– Athletics
– Soccer
– MARS

Lusanda Mhlakaza

Junior School
– Cricket
– Soccer

Nakkie Lategan

Junior School
– Netball

Max Campbell

Junior School
– Mountain Biking
Middle & High School
– Mars

Marne Nigrini

Middle & High School
– Netball

Hennie Nigrini

Middle & High School
– Soccer

CATERING AND HOUSEKEEPING

Taddy Beyleveld

Catering Manager

Monica Mqolombeni

Caterer

Leonie Phillips

Catering

Portia Booi

Housekeeping

Tosh Tame

Housekeeping

Gladys Matthews

Housekeeping

Thobeka Teke

Housekeeping

GROUNDS AND MAINTENANCE

September Baliso

Grounds and Maintenance

Amos Nyirenda

Grounds & Maintenance

Raphael Nyirenda

Grounds & Maintenance

TURACO BOARDING HOUSE

Marlett Watson

Hostel Parent

Brent Ingel

Resident Staff

Max Campbell

Support Staff

Bradley Clack

Support Staff

Monica Mqolombeni

Caterer

Portia Booi

Housekeeping

REGISTRATION:

The Knysna Montessori School is registered as an Independent School with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

The school is registered as a non-profit organization (NPO005-940).

Grade 12’s are externally assessed by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

OWNERSHIP:

Broadly speaking, through the Debenture System, all parents share the ownership of the school. The Debentures form “roll-over” capital which is used to improve and develop school facilities.

The school is managed by the BMS Trust (BMS Trust No IT5321/97).

TEACHERS:

As a leader in the South African Montessori Community, the teachers are encouraged to register with the South African Montessori Association (SAMA). Teachers are also required to register with the South African Council for Educators (SACE).

TRUSTEES:

The Trustees serve on a voluntary basis, and are elected from the Parent and Staff bodies at the Annual General Meeting, or at a special meeting called for such an election.

There are always more parents than staff on the Board of Trustees.