We have a core teacher corps at our school teaching face-to-face classes. This is supported by our unique LMS (Learning Management System).
Michiel Coetzee heads Keurbosh School's academic program. He leads by example as he is inter alia busy with his final year B.Ed. FET phase studies. He studied international courses to become an expert in study and learning skills after he realized that students are not equipped with effective study methods. He believes that students are not taught how to learn effectively and strives to assist every learner that passes through his hands to help them to discover and reach their full potential.
Michiel is passionate about education and believes that education brings freedom and a higher standard of living for people. He travelled to many countries and continents and is well known in international education circles. He lived for a period of time in Holland to investigate the Education Systems of several European countries and is a regular traveller to Asian countries where he has found that students are extremely motivated and disciplined. He is sensitive to students’ unique talents and learning styles and focuses on individual student development.
Michiel will shortly start his master’s degree in Teaching and Learning methods to ensure that Keurbosch students will reap the fruit of his expertise in this niche field.
He celebrates life with his wife of 30 years and children and granddaughter. He can always be found where he is busy assisting students in some or other way.
Yolande has been a language fundi from a young age. She studied at NMU, where she majored in both print and broadcast journalism. She passed her studies top of her class, Cum Laude and has won several awards for her work Yolande teaches both English and Afrikaans and cultivates a love for languages in her students. She is loved by her students and goes the extra mile to ensure they reach their full potential.
Yolande has been a language fundi from a young age. She could always be found with her nose in the books and already had her first work published at the age of 16. At this early age, she had already become involved with journalism within the newspaper industry and later gained experience working on magazines, in radio and other media platforms. Yolande wrote for several top regional publications in her first years and later became a senior reporter. She has won several awards for her work, including the prestigious Vodacom Journalist of the Year award as well as the Standard Bank Sikuvile Award. The latter she won twice, including for coverage of the devastating Knysna fires during 2017. Yolande excels in various fields with her writing and fine language skills. She is married and has a 7-year-old son. She likes competitive sports - a passion she developed later on in life. It is her passion to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others and she is at her happiest when she, as a serving leader, can be there for others. For Yolande, it is imperative that students receive comprehensive high-quality education from a young age so that academic gaps do not form as these are very difficult to fill in later years of study. She believes that a student should have the courage to try and dare. Even if you fail the first time, you will learn something valuable from it. Give your best to the finish line. “Finish what you have started”, is her motto.
Keurbosch School is privileged to have a seasoned teacher like Marius Potgieter. Marius not only has almost two decades of experience in education at major schools across the country but many more years in the business sector where he gained valuable skills as a leader. He is a registered Cambridge Exam Officer.
Marius spent his earlier years in labour relations in the private sector where he was responsible for thousands of employees, before moving into education. This, he believes, gave him insight into many different careers as he had to learn the inner workings of many positions to best serve his team. This showed him what is needed to be successful in various spheres in the workplace – knowledge that he now uses to guide learners along the road to success beyond the classroom. Marius then went on to study education and acquired a national professional diploma in education and an advanced certificate in education, which he passed cum laude, before working at several schools in Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
Marius is not only an ace in the classroom, but has a wealth of experience on the sports field, not only as a coach but also in his personal capacity. The former South African speed walking champion took these skills and subsequently led some of the country’s top athletes to great success. One of these athletes is ultra-marathon runner Thompson Magawana who, in 1988 under Marius’s guidance, set a course record on the Two Oceans Marathon with a time of 03:03:44. This record still stands.
He is now ploughing these skills back into the school after recently establishing the school’s first walking club.
Marius is also a passionate chess player – another field he excelled in during his career as an educator. In 2006 he was appointed as chairman of Gauteng School Sports and took over the role as curator of chess in the province. At the time, chess was in dire straits with only three out of 19 school districts participating. By the end of his reign, 18 of these districts, which included more than 3000 schools, participated and Gauteng became national chess champions for two consecutive years – from u/9 to u/19.
He believes that chess is a wonderful tool to develop young minds and is the motivation behind setting up the school’s chess club – an activity that has been embraced by the learners.
Marius is a born leader and effectively executes everything he puts his mind to.
Naomi is passionate about applied science and has strong skills in this domain. She has a B.Sc. degree in zoology and botany and has been in education for more than a decade. Five of those years were spent teaching overseas in Japan, which has one of the most successful education systems in the world.
Naomi Juyn – who currently teaches biology, chemistry, geography and environmental management at Keurbosch School – has a knack for the practical application of knowledge in these subjects as she practices what she preaches. When not in the classroom, Naomi is out in nature, applying these skills through research. One of the topics she is currently investigating as part of her master’s degree is the post fire recovery of food plants and habitat of Knysna’s Brenton Blue butterfly. She started her journey into education by teaching English as a foreign language in Japan. Here she gained interesting insight into, not only student psyche but how an education system functions efficiently. Spending time with these students taught Naomi how to break barriers like language. She also worked with children who suffered from learning and psychological issues. Over and above this, she worked with the Japanese education department on a variety of activities beyond the classroom – from debates to evening classes for adults. This experience has prepared her well and gave her the ability to assist youngsters through the challenges they face today. Naomi is not just a teacher, she is a true educator with a passion for the students and her subject fields. Sciences have become one of the main focuses at our school and we are fortunate to have somebody of the calibre of teacher Naomi as one of our science teachers.
Susan Donald will be joining Keurbosch from 18 January 2021 as Mathematics teacher. She is passionate about teaching Mathematics to awaken or deepen her students’ love of this subject. She believes that all it takes is discipline and practice in order to succeed. She uses their approach to Mathematics as a chance to equip them with the skillset and attitude that ensure success in whichever course they choose in life.
Susan has been teaching Cambridge and NSC Mathematics for 20 years and is regarded as probably one of the top 5 Cambridge Mathematics teachers in the world. Susan has incubated some number 1 Cambridge Mathematics students in the world, even an achiever who obtained 100% for Cambridge AS Mathematics. This is an unprecedented achievement. Keurbosch is extremely privileged to have Susan on board and she will be giving Mathematics to all grades.
Ramas – Our own SUPER TEACHER! - One of Keurbosch’s Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry teachers – is more than just a teacher. Originally from Zimbabwe, Ramas has obtained a B.Sc. degree in crop science and a Masters of Science degree in entomology before moving on to study mathematics through Unisa and statistics at the University of Kent, Canterbury in the United Kingdom. He is a very patient teacher and encourages his students to be open-minded, believe in themselves and be confident, critical thinkers.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Ramas started his tertiary academic journey by obtaining a B.Sc. degree in crop science in his home country. This was followed by a M.Sc. degree in entomology before moving into research where he spent 13 years and became an experienced and published agricultural and forestry research scientists. After great success in this field, Ramas went on to study mathematics through Unisa and statistics at the University of Kent, Canterbury in the United Kingdom. After settling in the Knysna area in 2007, Ramas started teaching mainly physics and mathematics in both government and IEB schools. He also became an active subject examiner for IEB mathematics. Ramas has always had a great love for learning and believes his life has now come full circle as he can now spark that passion in the young minds he teaches. When Ramas has a free moment at school, students tend to congregate around him to soak up his knowledge. Ramas is also well-travelled and has spent time in England, the Netherlands, France, Austria and Kenya.
Abraham is an experienced teacher who has been shaping young minds internationally over the past decade. He started his journey in education in Ghana where he studied teaching and subsequently taught in several schools before making South Africa his home. Abraham believes his biggest achievement is the success of his students.
He started his journey in education in Ghana where he studied teaching and subsequently taught in several schools before making South Africa his home. Since settling in the country in 2010 Abe, as he is fondly known among his peers, has taught in several schools in the Eastern and Western Cape. He joined Keurbosch in 2015 and has been teaching business, environmental management, geography, mathematics and physics. He is passionate about education and has become well-loved among those he teaches. This can be attributed to his gentle, yet firm nature. His diplomatic approach to solving problems has also contributed to students approaching him for assistance when they face challenges. He believes his endless patience is one of his strongest characteristics and has served him well in the classroom. Abraham is passionate and knowledgeable about sport and therefore coaches the school’s soccer teams and heads the recently introduced fitness classes.