Meet the Team

At Tate we are a team of expert educators that focus on delivering the best teaching, guiding and educational experience and results for our students. Each of the team members below focus on a particular tuition unit and is the go-to person for any queries, advice and guidance.

Lieze Puren

Managing Director and 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, now Tate International School. When there is order in the environment, there is order in the mind.

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, now Tate International School. 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.

Nikki Puren

Operations Director

Charlotte Bruyns

Divisional Principal 

Snr School & College

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 School and College Head and teaches Maths in our Senior School and College.

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.

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.

Jenny joined CKLH in January 2019. She is the Head of our Junior School and teaches our Pre-School Nursery and Reception class.

Jenny Van Veyeren

Divisional Principal 

Pre-Primary School & Jnr School

Esmarie Carstens

Team Leader

Technology & Information

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 Tate International School. 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.

Maryanne earned her Bachelor Degree in Education for Foundation Phase at the Nelson Mandela University in 2005. She has taught in the Foundation Phase since then, focusing on Grade 1 from 2009 to date. Maryanne is a professional and driven English-speaking teacher with 13 years of teaching experience in the Foundation Phase.  She has a passion for assisting young children reach their full potential while realising their capabilities in a child-centred and engaging environment.

Maryanne McDonald

Team Leader

Grade 1

Carina Mouton

Team Leader

Grade 2

Carina earned her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development for the Foundation Phase and came to us from Kenridge Primary School having run the Aftercare for grade 1. Carina strives to make an impression on each student in her classroom. Her passion is to work with children with learning disabilities and believes in walking the extra mile to help each child. Carina enjoys finding new fun and exciting ways to teach children and believes that allowing children to make use of all their senses will help them, not only learn better, but actually remember what they have learnt and to pass on that knowledge.

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.

Roelene Wilkinson

Team Leader

Grade 3

Marike Eloff

Team Leader

Grade 4

Marike is an experienced, enthusiastic and focused teacher who is committed to safeguarding and promoting the education and well-being of children and young people at all times. She is passionate about giving young children the best possible education in life, and enjoys working in a busy environment and relishes the challenge of managing a diverse workload. Marike is able to establish a supportive relationship with not only students but also their parents and fellow teachers all with the aim of promoting and reinforcing a student’s independence and self-esteem. She is someone who is fundamentally committed to good practise and innovation and who is very much a team player. Marike is always engaged in continuous learning in order to broaden her knowledge and experience, she is confident, passionate and enthusiastic about working with children. She earned her Teaching B.Ed at North West University and she spent a year teaching Grade 2 at Al Ittihad Private School in Dubai and 18 months teaching Grade 1 at Cooper College.

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 Tate International School in August 2018 after relocating to Cape Town and took over from Taryn Roos in Grade 3. She is now our Grade 5 teacher.

Connie de Jager

Team Leader

Grade 5

Rita Eloff

Divisional Principal

Grade 6

Rita joined Tate International School as our Middle School Head. She will also be teaching the Grade 6 class. Rita has 30 years teaching experience and was the Academic Head at The Assembly of God in Rustenberg. She is passionate about giving young children the best possible education in life and is able to establish a supportive relationship with, not only students, but also their parents and fellow teachers, all with the aim of promoting and reinforcing a student’s independence and self-esteem. We are very fortunate to have Rita as part of our Tate Team.

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 Tate International School in January 2019 and currently teaches English, Geography and History in our Senior School.

Liezel Kohler

Deputy Head Senior School

Grade 7

Tasu Mhuruyengwe

Team Leader

Grade 10

In January 2020 we welcomed our new Science Teacher, Tasu, or Mr T as the students have affectionately named him. Tasu comes with an immense amount of knowledge and passion for all things science, including Computer Science. He holds a Bachelors Teaching Degree, specialising in Chemistry and Physics AND an Engineering Degree in Mechatronics. He is also in the process of completing his Honours in Special Needs Education. We are tremendously blessed to have Tasu on our team and look forward to all the science learning and experiments that are going to take place.

For 2020 we also welcomed Bernard Morris into our Senior School and College. Bernard specialises in all things business. He has a Higher Diploma in Education and focuses on Business Studies, Economics and Accounting. Bernard has 15 years teaching experience under his belt and has joined Tate International School with the view to modernise the way business is taught to our 21st Century students. He would love to witness our current students thrive in the entrepreneurship when they leave Tate at the end of their educational journey. 

Bernard Morris

Team Leader

Grade 10

Joubert Gildenhuys

Team Leader

Grade 11

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 11 International GCSE Facilitator, and also continues to teach French and English to Tate International School’s students.

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