Ellen qualified as a Foundation Phase teacher from Natal Training College in 1982. She has taught in the Pre-Primary and Junior Primary School grades. She was instrumental in setting up two Pre-Primary Schools in Donnybrook and Ixopo. She also started the Grade R section at Merchiston Preparatory School. Ellen has taught remedial classes and has been a school counsellor.
In 2004, Ellen won a national teaching award in the Early Childhood category. She is a passionate teacher with a love for children. She enjoys close interaction with the parents of pupils in her care.
On a personal level, Ellen is married to Richard. Her son, Kyle is a doctor and living with his with his fiancée Andrea in Dublin, Ireland. Her daughter, Siobhan completed her honours degree at Stellenbosch University and is a jeweller, she and her husband, Nicholas live in Durban.
In her spare time, Ellen enjoys relaxing at a game reserve or the beach. She is an avid reader and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Mrs Lyn KrielSchool
Lyn's Personal Profile
Lyn was born and educated in Pietermaritzburg, and has lived here all her life!
Lyn obtained a B. Com. Degree, majoring in Marketing and Business Finance from the University of Natal. After working for the Head Office of the Provincial Hospital Services Department for three years, she became a full-time housewife and mother for sixteen years, returning to work in a part-time capacity when her children had all begun to attend school. She has three children who all attended Settlers’. Her son still lives and works in Pietermaritzburg, whilst her one daughter is working abroad and the other is studying at Stellenbosch University.
Lyn has been our School Secretary since 2002, and her association with the school spans a period of more than 30 years!
Lyn has always adored children, and feels privileged to work with these precious young people. It is certainly a unique environment as not many bookkeepers get to balance their books to the background strains of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", or to regularly have cup-cakes decorated with Jelly Tots and Smarties with their morning tea!!
Mrs Tanya ValentineBees Group Teacher
Tanya's Personal Profile
Tanya has lived in Pietermaritzburg since she was 3 years old. After working in the travel trade for seven years, she decided that she needed to do something more fulfilling. She had already completed a degree in Child Development Psychology and decided to enter the teaching profession. Tanya studied through UNISA and at the end of 2013, she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Foundation Phase).
Tanya was thrilled to become part of the Settlers’ team in 2014. She adores working with children and is continuously amazed by their rapid development.
Tanya is an avid reader: she enjoys reading for pleasure as well as conducting research in the field of Education.
Tanya is an enthusiastic photographer and enjoys spending weekends in the bush with her husband, Glen and their son, Rory.
Mrs Isa van heerdenAnts
Isa's Personal Profile
Isa began teaching at Settlers' in 2011. She is married to Johann and has two children: Jennifer and Peter.
Isa studied at Edgewood Training College of Education where she qualified as a Pre-Primary and Junior Primary Teacher. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Montessori Education.
Isa is passionate about the development of children, and strives to see them reach their full potential. She recognises the uniqueness and individuality of each child and regards every one as very special.
Isa feels privileged to be part of the Settlers’ family.
Mrs Vicky von ReicheLadybirds
Vicky's Personal Profile
Vicky has grown up in Pietermaritzburg, and completed her Bachelor of Education Degree through UNISA in 2008. Whilst studying she ran a holiday care at New England Pre-Primary. She was also an assistant teacher at Kingsway Educentre. During this period she was a boarder mistress at Merchiston. Once Vicky had completed her degree, she taught Grade 3 for four years at Maritzburg Prep. Vicky then was a full-time mum for 4 years to her two boys, Carl and Liam. For the past year she has been a locum teacher at Laddsworth and Hilton Pre-Primary schools.
Vicky is passionate about children and teaching. She enjoys using different approaches for individual children. She finds it rewarding to see a child come to an understanding of a new concept.
She is married to Egbert, and together with their boys they enjoy the simple things in life, such as family picnics and fishing.
Ms Caenthe Thomson Butterfly Group Teacher
Caenthe's Personal Profile
Mrs Carrie Erikson is on maternity leave until January 2019. Caenthe Thomson is teaching the Butterfly class. Caenthe
matriculated in 2013 from Howick High School. In 2014 she volunteered as a teaching assistant at Hilltops Pre School in Hilton. She is studying at
Varsity College towards her Foundation Phase degree through UNISA.
Caenthe has dreamed about being a pre-school teacher since she was a little girl. She is so grateful to be able to fulfil her passion.
In her spare time Caenthe enjoys dancing, baking and babysitting. Caenthe is very interested in conservation and loves visiting nature reserves
and spending time outdoors.
Ms Melissa WoodCaterpillars
Melissa's Personal Profile
Melissa was born in Pietermaritzburg and has lived here her entire life. Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology from Varsity College and UNISA. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Foundation Phase) through UKZN in 2011. Melissa is now teaching the Caterpillars group for the 2018 school year.
Melissa loves working with children and has a keen interest in their development as individuals. She is passionate about teaching and has known since a young age that it is what she wanted to do. She enjoys literature, cooking and baking, and spends her spare time doing arts and crafts.
Mrs Robyn WicksCrickets
Robyn's Personal Profile
Robyn has been teaching at Settlers’ since 2008. She is currently studying towards a B. Ed. (Foundation Phase) degree.
Robyn thoroughly enjoys teaching the three-year-old Cricket Group because the children’s development is so rapid and it is rewarding to watch them grasp concepts on a daily basis.
Robyn is married to Theo (an environmental consultant) and they have a young daughter, Hannah and two sons, Luke and Callum.
Mrs Heather TeichmannFireflies
Heather's Personal Profile
Heather grew up in Zululand and matriculated at Eshowe High. She studied in Durban and obtained a Diploma in Pre- Primary School Teaching. She taught Grade RR in Eshowe at Noah’s Ark Pre-Primary before going overseas to America as an Au pair. Heather then went to the UK where she travelled and helped out as an assistant at various schools with special needs. On her return she worked at New England Pre-Primary for 6 years as a Grade R & RR teacher. In 2010 she started teaching at Settlers’ Park Pre-Primary as the Butterfly teacher.
After a year and a half, Heather then left to be a full-time mom, but still continued to help out with locums at Settlers’ Park. Now that her children are both in Primary School, Heather feels privileged to be the teacher of our youngest class, the Fireflies. Her motto is to teach children the way she would like her children to be taught: that is with love, encouragement and building up their self- confidence so that the children can blossom to their full potential.
Heather is married to Brett Teichmann who is an accountant at Unilever and is blessed with two beautiful girls: Jenna and Kayla.
Mrs Siobhan RedingerAftercare
Siobhan's Personal Profile
Siobhan was employed as the fulltime Aftercare Supervisor at Settlers' Park Pre -Primary in April 2018.
She is currently studying towards a B. Ed. (Foundation Phase) degree.
Siobhan was born in Australia, grew up in Johannesburg and has lived in Pietermaritzburg since 2011.
Siobhan loves working with children and watching them blossom and grow into unique individuals. She has many years of experience, including au pairing and working overseas
Siobhan is married to Selwin – they enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their family and friends.
Ms Melissa MeiringAftercare Assistant
Melissa's Personal Profile
Melissa was appointed as our Aftercare Assistant in April 2015, after making a wonderful impression as a voluntary Teachers’ Assistant for the first few months of the year.
Melissa was an intern teacher during the mornings last year, but this year she will be back in her position as the Aftercare assistant.
Melissa was born in Pietermaritzburg and has lived here her whole life. She matriculated from Epworth High School in 2013, and will be studying for a B. Ed (Foundation Phase) Degree at Varsity College from 2016.
Melissa loves children of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys ballet, music, singing and the outdoor life.
Mrs Lisa GerberPart time Aftercare Assistant
Lisa's Personal Profile
Lisa is now in her final year of studying Foundation Phase Education through UNISA. She grew up in Port Elizabeth and has relocated to Pietermaritzburg with her husband, Jaco.
Lisa worked as a Grade R assistant teacher and Aftercare invigilator at Olke Bolke in Port Elizabeth for two years. She has a desire to be part of the foundational development of children, assisting them to grow into the best person they can be.
Lisa enjoys the outdoor life of camping and picnics as well as baking and was actively involved in her home church in Port Elizabeth.
Mrs Ubonrat "Som" PengmakFireflies
Group Assistant Teacher and Aftercare Asistant
Som's Personal Profile
Som completed her Bachelor of Education Degree in Pre-Primary School teaching in 2011. Thereafter she taught Kindergarten for the next 4 years at Wat Changlek School in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2015 she immigrated to South Africa with her husband, Jamie. She began helping out in various classes at Settlers’ Park Pre-Primary School. In 2016 she joined the staff as a full time assistant teacher in the Firefly class. Som is also an Aftercare assistant.
Som enjoys exercising, cooking, crochet and has a passion for educating children.
Mrs Charlene Dinkelman Intern
Charlene's Personal Profile
Charlene is an intern teacher and is married to Simon Dinkelman. She relocated to the Midlands from Cape Town three years ago. She has been working with Kerry's Flowers and Decor. She is currently studying towards her B.Ed. degree in Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phase Teaching through UNISA.
She adores spending time with children, baking, riding, running, and being around people.
Ms Megan Marshall Intern
Megan's Personal Profile
Megan has lived in Pietermaritzburg for 21 years and she enjoys everything this little town has to offer. She matriculated from The Wykeham Collegiate in 2011 and started studying at UKZN towards a degree in Psychology and Marketing. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she worked towards her honours degree in Psychology which is where her passion lies.
She has a special interest in children and their psychological well-being and development. She has been volunteering at Joseph Baynes Home teaching children basic education and a foundation for them to grow on.
In her spare time she enjoys creative activities, volunteering at LifeLine, being outdoors and surrounded by family, as well as cooking.
Ms Destiny VosTeaching Assistant
Destiny's Personal Profile
Destiny was born in Tzaneen (Limpopo) but she grew up and completed her school career in Pietermaritzburg. Destiny excelled in hockey and was appointed the 1st team's captain in 2016. In 2017 she had the honour of being appointed as the Head Girl of Newton Pre-Vocational School. She completed her High School career in 2017.
Modelling is one of her interests, but her passion lies with children and this is where she will build her career. She has a soft spot in her heart for children with special needs. Destiny is a fun loving, kind hearted person who likes music, reading, camping and spending time with family and friends.