A COMMUNITY OF PASSIONATE EDUCATORS AND LEARNERS
At The British Academy, we are committed to spirited learning, growth, development and fun.
We empower our students to ask insightful questions, explore disciplinary boundaries, and confront conventional ways of thinking.
We are extremely proud of our highly experienced and dynamic teaching corps.
Our teachers have been handpicked and most of them have been teaching international curricula for many years and with great success.
Our Phase Heads ensure consistency of quality across specific CiE courses, including Secondary 2, IGCSE and A-LEVELS.
Together with the subject teachers they plan and review to ensure that the Cambridge curriculum is correctly planned and implemented for each subject within a phase.
Head of Faculties
At TBA each broad area of study has its own Faculty to ensure teacher co-operation, development and planning. We have three Faculties including Humanities, Sciences and Business.
Faculty of Humanities
Humanities are academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture. In the renaissance, the term contrasted with divinity and referred to what is now called classics, the main area of secular study in universities at the time.
Faculty of Science
Science is related to research, and is normally organized by a university, a college or a research institute.
Contemporary science is typically subdivided into the natural sciences which study the material world, the social sciences which study people and societies, and the formal sciences like mathematics.
At TBA this faculty focuses on Natural and Formal sciences.
Faculty of Business
Commerce related subject taught at TBA is excellent preparation for entry into the world’s top business schools.
Our Principal, Mrs Marilís Pieters, is a visionary leader with a real passion for education and students. Marilís is especially keen to further establish the reputation of TBA’s excellent academic track record which has gone from strength to strength. Her focus for 2015 is to grow and expand what is the best academic programme in Pretoria.
She has taught Biology, Life Sciences and Food Sciences for more than 25 years at both Secondary and Tertiary level of education.
Marilis completed her studies and teaching qualification at The University of the North West (Potchefstroom Campus).
Most recently she has taught at Cornwall Hill College, as well as the Technical University of Tshwane, where she has been involved in teacher training.
Marilis has an interest and compassion in the holistic development of a young adult. She believes education involves more than just conveying subject knowledge, it also involves the responsibility of educators to mould and guide the students in their care towards well balanced young adults.
She has been involved in numerous social awareness projects such as Rhino poaching programs and has assisted Rotary International in fund raising projects.
Marilis served on syllabus task committees throughout her teaching career and was also involved in compiling new course material which was used at various Technical Colleges.
DR PETER FARRANDS
HEAD OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Lecturer of English Literature
Dr Peter Farrands has achieved exceptional results in A Level Literature and History examinations over the last five years with no less than 6 students achieving a top ten world result in their disciplines.
Peter began teaching in Zimbabwe back in 1984 working for one of the new rural secondary schools teaching Literature under the Cambridge system. Since then he has worked on three continents at all levels including; Sixth Form college, University and a Teaching College.
He returned to England in 1986 where he attended Westminster, Oxford to earn his Post Graduate Certificate in Education before completing a year’s probation in an inner city school outside Portsmouth, England.
Around this time he began work on his doctoral thesis on Southern African Literature and Politics, which he completed in Botswana in 1994 during South Africa’s first democratic elections. The early nineties were spent teaching Literature and running a new Media Studies department at The Sixth Form College Farnborough before the pull of Africa became too much and he returned, ending up taking a position in the English department at Molepolole Teachers College, near Gaberone, Botswana.
In 1997 he moved to Nicaragua in Central America where he worked for the University of Mobile’s Central American campus and from there to Peru. It was during this period that his two sons Samuel and Oliver were born.
He returned to South Africa in 2001 and has worked for both the English department of the University of the Witwatersrand and for UNISA.
His results include a catalogue of top ten students in the world for both A’ Level Literature and A’ Level History.
LECTURER OF GEOGRAPHY, FRENCH AND SPANISH
Carolina obtained a Bachelors’ degree in International Relations at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador. She also obtained an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria. She speaks six languages.
She is passionate about children and has always loved working with them. She strives to integrate Occupational Therapy principles in her teaching and to transform learning into a multisensory experience so that all learning styles are catered for. By including all, she endeavours to make the subject meaningful and relevant for every child.
She also has great interest in the psychiatric field and attempts to help her students with the usual psychiatric issues of adolescence by means of activities and informal groups as teaching time allows.
LECTURER OF ART AND GERMAN
Andrea completed her Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts at UNISA.
She has taught Art and Design and German second language IGCSE and A-Level according to the Cambridge system for about 7 years.
Andrea exhibits Art at Galleries around Pretoria and she plays the flute in the orchestra PYPO.
Stéfan Smit (PHM)
LECTURER OF ENGLISH AND PHILOSOPHY
Mr Stéfan Smit is a native Pretorian, born and raised. In 2006, he began studying English at the University of Pretoria. It was during this time that he first discovered his love of teaching, after being engaged to privately tutor primary school children struggling with language development.
He completed his BA English Studies degree 2008, but discovered a passion for philosophy which he pursued in his postgraduate studies. He attained his Honours degree in philosophy in 2009, and his Masters in philosophy in 2014, both with distinction. Over the course of his postgraduate studies, Stéfan began accumulating extensive teaching experience acting first as a tutor and then lecturer for the University of Pretoria’s Department of Philosophy.
From 2011, he also began teaching English at the St. John Vianney Seminary in Pretoria, teaching English Language on second-year level and Academic Literacy on third-year level. In addition, for the latter half of 2014, he worked as a Language Skills Tutor on the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus, as part of a bridging initiative aimed at aiding students from educationally underprivileged backgrounds to acquire the linguistic aptitudes necessary to cope with tertiary education.
CLEMENT MAHLANGU (BTECH)
LECTURER OF SCIENCE
Clement has a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in analytical chemistry obtained from The Vaal University of Technology. Clement was a tutor for first year students in chemistry theory and practical. Clement worked as a laboratory analyst and also as a research and development technician. His hobbies are reading and soccer. His goal is to make sure that every learner has a better understanding of physics, chemistry and biology and how to apply it in our daily lives.
carina van der dussen
LECTURER OF ACCOUNTING, BUSINESS STUDIES AND ECONOMICS
Carina van der Dussen is an experienced teacher in Cambridge with 8 years experience in Economics, Accounting and Business Studies. She has done her honours in Economics and loves reading newspapers. She was a teacher at Alma Mater international school in Krugersdorp as well as Village Montessori School in Centurion.
She has had some excellent results in Business AS (the best in Africa) and Economics as well as A level Accounting. She loves reading and photography.
Shazna le Grange (BA HONS)
LECTURER OF ENGLISH, HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
Shazna le Grange, an English major, has just completed the coursework for her Honours in English. Following the submission of her dissertation early this year, she will be awarded her BA Honours by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, her home university. She also holds a Diploma in International Relations and a Diploma in Human Rights.
Shazna has a passion for teaching and has taught History, Geography and English for several years in Sri Lanka. She has also been involved in an English teaching project among underprivileged children in Colombo.
Shazna’s desire is to convey the enthusiasm she feels for her subjects to her students, that they may come to enjoy them too. She strives to give each student the attention and the assistance he or she needs to excel. One aspect that she has enjoyed in her career as a teacher has been the opportunity she has had to mentor students. It is her desire to help her students grow to be well-rounded individuals and to encourage them to reach their full potential.
Shazna enjoys debating and drama. She has participated extensively in debating tournaments at university level and in several drama productions.
LECTURER OF PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS
Joanie Erasmus studied at the University of Pretoria, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education: Sciences for the FET phase. She is currently busy with a Youth Development Diploma at UNISA.
She also attended an International course on Health Care Issues (Gent – Belgium – Europe) with the University of Pretoria in her final year of her studies.
This year will be her eighth year teaching science. She started her teaching career at Generaal Hertzog High School, teaching Physical Sciences and Life Sciences to ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students, she also taught Science to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students at Reyno Riff Primary for the past two years.
Her philosophy for teaching and learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. One of the functions of a teacher is to help a child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it. She believes in hands-on experience, learning creatively, and learning though interaction. Her goal is to help students leave a classroom feeling confident that they can apply what they’ve learned in school to real life situations.
LECTURER OF TEXTUAL ANALYSIS, FRENCH, DRAMA AND GEOGRAPHY
Miss Caitlin Brown was born in Kwazulu Natal, grew up in the Free State and then moved to Pretoria in 2002. She began studying English at the University of Pretoria in 2007, where she also took up History and French as part of her English Studies degree. This was also where she was exposed to the Inklings – a group of English Literature lovers who performed plays like Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters and Mort and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, which she had the good fortune to take part in. This led her to performing in other plays from time to time and her love for Drama grew.
After completing her English Studies degree in 2009, she decided to pursue her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2010, also at the University of Pretoria. This will be her seventh year of teaching. She has taught English Home Language to learners from grade eight to eleven for four years and then taught grade three for two years.
Apart from reading and singing, her main hobby is Ballroom and Latin dancing which she has been doing since 2014.
Caitlin’s teaching philosophy is to try and instill a love of reading and love of languages in our learners. She believes that in reading lies the key to a better understanding of different peoples, ideas and of the world in general. Caitlin sees language as a bridge between people and that having more than one language is not only good for a child’s brain development but also opens the world’s doors to our learners. She hopes that the passion she has for her subjects will be conveyed to the learners and will inspire them to be passionate about their subjects and learning in general.
Sunay van der List
LECTURER OF EMS, BUSINESS STUDIES AND LIFE SKILLS
Miss Sunay van der List has always had a love for children. In 2013 she started her Bed: FET (EMS) degree at the University of Pretoria. While studying she was in the residence ‘Lilium’, and even accomplished becoming the Reach and Give House Committee member of the residence. Her duties involved organizing RAG, being involved with multiple community service outreaches and raising money for donations.
As much as she has a love for helping those in need, her passion is teaching learners. While discovering her love for teaching, she also discovered her love for Business and Economics. She therefore decided to major in Economics and Business Studies. Even though her interests are in Economics and Business Studies, she also takes it as her goal to teach relevant life skills, guide the learners and to give advice when needed.
Her hobbies include fishing, going to the beach and teaching!
MARENÉ CRONJE (BCOM HONS)
Business Studies, Economics and Statistics
Marené Cronje completed her BCom Statistics studies in 2015 and took on a Teaching Assistant position for third years in her final year. She was selected to do Honours in the same field and obtained BCom (Hons) Statistics at the end of 2016. She pursued a possible career in the corporate environment but soon found that she missed interaction with people. She resigned and started to tutor third year students at Tertiary level, part- time, whilst studying towards a postgraduate degree in Education at Unisa.
Marené has a passion for teaching and aims to provoke and encourage potential in students. She believes that one of the most valuable things in life is relationships. She aims to influence others and to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
Apart from her academic life, Marené also believes it is important to establish a healthy body, together with a healthy mind. She’s involved in gym instructing and coaches group fitness classes after hours.
andrea vermaak (BA HONS)
LECTURER OF HISTORY AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Andrea Vermaak completed a BA (Journalism) Languages and a BA (Honours) English degree at the University of Pretoria. She was appointed the position of Creative Writing Director of The Inklings, the university’s literary society, during her third year of studies. She was appointed Chair during her Honours year.
She then completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Intermediate and Senior Phase) at the University of South Africa, while working as a contract lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy at The University of Pretoria, and as a part-time publishing assistant at BK Publishing.
Andrea later pursued a full-time career as the editor of a general interest children’s magazine at BK Publishing. Her aim as the magazine’s editor was, first and foremost, to encourage reluctant readers to engage with non-fiction text to broaden their knowledge in a wide range of subjects.
The classroom, however, called Andrea back to teach at grassroots level. Her teaching philosophy is to engage learners of all learning styles during activities to ensure that every learner in her classroom reaches their full potential.
Andrea is currently an active member of The Pretoria Writers’ Group, and is the public relations officer of The Pretoria Writers’ Circle.
Simba Mhishi (MSC)
LECTURER OF SCIENCE
Mr Simba Mhishi is a science enthusiast who holds a BSc in (put the name of the degree here) and a BSc Honours in Haematology from the University of Pretoria. He is currently completing his MSc in Epidemiology at the same university.
His time at the University of Pretoria introduced him to teaching through an outreach initiative coordinated by a student society, Weavers of Integrity, around 2012. The teaching experience he gained through interacting with students in disadvantaged communities inspired him to invest time in the academic field. He has been involved in other teaching activities at the university, including being a teaching assistant. His teaching career now spans over five years with vast academic experience within various learning institutions in South Africa.
As a former A level student himself, his understanding of the academic challenges faced by students in the global south has seen him gravitate towards a career in the sciences and teaching science. In the past five years, he has taught mathematics and physics at A level, gaining invaluable experience, goaded on by the successes of students and a passion for science.
As an avid runner, his second passion is healthcare, particularly providing and improving access to quality healthcare, which has inspired him to set his eyes on pursuing doctoral studies in this area.
LECTURER OF AFRIKAANS AND DRAMA
Mrs Carina Coetzee was born in Auckland Park and raised in Kempton Park. She has always been involved in art, national play festivals, East Rand Youth Choir, public speaking and eisteddfods.After she matriculated, she completed her degree in Afrikaans and psychology at the Rand Afrikaans University. After her degree, she decided to continue her studies and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. She specialised in schoolguidance and Afrikaans, and was awarded the FAK prize for the best didactic student in Afrikaans.
During her studies, she was involved in national residence voice competitions and coached all cultural events at hostel.She started teaching Afrikaans, and arts and culture in 2000. She also decided to study speech and drama in 2011, and has been teaching drama since then. She also created her own drama studio for pre-primary learners, and coaches them for a number of drama competitions in Pretoria.
Carina is well known for coaching and directing musicals and plays at the Unisa Little Theatre. She also adjudicates talentshows, playfestivals, etc.
Carina enjoys new knowledge and continuously enrolls in courses for academic or educational purposes.
Carina believes that every learner has the gift and need to be creative and to be heard.It is very important to her to give every learner the tools to express themselves within their personal, uniquecomfort zone.She also sees teaching as a sacred opportunity to influence young minds to reach their full potential and reach beyond the boundaries they set for themselves.
The British Academy has a number of excellent and helpful support staff.
Financial and HR Manager
Diane has been working for The British Academy as their Bookkeeper since 2012 and is committed to the accurate recording of all financial data. She has gained valuable work experience during the last 25 years, working for various companies.
She has worked for Deloitte & Touche in Nelspruit in the 1990’s as Head of their computer department and processed the books for some of their major clients, like Cybele Forest Lodge and Malelane Toyota. She also reported directly to the Senior Partner Douglas James Gordon and enjoyed the benefits of extensive internal training.
She joined StratsInc in Johannesburg in 2002 until 2011 (a well known Marketing, Brand Architecture and Strategy Company) and was employed as their Office Manager and Bookkeeper, where she worked with corporate clients like ABSA, Standard Bank, Peregrine, Old Mutual, Netcare and Hertz to name a few.
She went to school at Pretoria Girls High in the 1970’s and then spent a year at the Technickon. She completed a bookkeeping course through Liefs College while working and taking care of her two children.
She is also passionate about Latin and ballroom dancing, which has become her weekly exercise and therapy for the body and the mind. For quiet time she likes to read and paint or just to go for long walks.
Firdaus Ali Jaffer
NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS OFFICER
Firdaus obtained her degree in psychology at Unisa with a double major in psychology.
She previously worked at the Central Islamic School as Bursar where she gained invaluable experience in student administration and Cambridge exam management.
She regularly assists in community outreach programmes for the Islamic Institute and enjoys volunteering in their children’s literacy programme
Her hobbies are reading, swimming and has a great love for the outdoors and frequently participates in parkrun events.
She is currently completing her honours in psychological counselling at Unisa and has goals of working within the adult literacy project
Facility; Health and Safety coordinator and Administrative facilitator
Receptionist Brooklyn Campus
Marié Venter completed her B-Ed degree and her Honours in Educational Psychology at the University of the North-West (Potchefstroom Campus). She completed her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. She completed all her degrees with distinction and received the reward for the best Honours student at the University of the North-West. She was also a member of the Golden Key Society. At University she was part of the student council where she was the head of Student Community Service in which she was involved in numerous community projects.
Marié worked in the UK for 4 years where she worked as a teacher, reading specialist and therapist. She also has experience working with learners in Thailand and The Netherlands. She worked as a psychologist at Via Nova School and Duo Edu Independent School. Her philosophy as psychologist is to ensure that all learners reach their full potential while focusing on their assets and strengths.
BIOLINK CONCENTRATION SPECIALIST
SUBJECT TEACHER: MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS
Ms. Lindy Hartman was born and raised in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. In 2013 she took a gap year in which she was a fulltime youth leader. It was during this time that she decided to become a teacher because of her passion for students and Mathematics and Physical science. In 2014, she began studying Baccalaureus Educations – Intermediate and senior phase at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She completed her B.Ed. degree in 2017 with Mathematics and Physical Science as her core subjects. She believes in a student centered approach where students learn through hands-on experiences and self-discovery. She hopes to cultivate a love for Mathematics and Physics in her students.
SUBJECT TEACHER: MATHEMATICS
Miss Nikki Burger resides in Pretoria, she was born and raised in Mpumalanga. In 2005 she began studying at the North West-University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa where she obtained a Bachelor of Human Movement and Psychology. She later went on to receive a Graduate Diploma in PGCE and a Higher Certificate in Mathematics. During her practical’s for her PGCE she realised that being a teacher was what she wanted to do, it was her calling in life.
Miss Nikki Burger has 8 years teaching experience and strives to ensure her learners excel. She would like her learners to cultivate a culture of excitement towards Mathematics and that she will make the difference needed.
As an educator, she believes that each person is entitled to good education. This is the fundamental requirements, to become a vital part of society. Her goal as educator is to provide all her learners with the necessary skills required to impact positively on youth development nationally and where possible internationally.
Her personal teaching strategy is to interact with her learners, thus enabling and ensuring that they understand what is being taught. Learners must be able to apply and evaluate the knowledge gained.