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School Teaching Staff

get to know the people who teach your children

Mrs Ellen BorainSchool Principal


Ellen's Personal Profile

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 her daughter, Siobhan completed her honours degree at Stellenbosch University and is a jeweller.

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.

Ellen is looking forward to a new chapter in her teaching career at Settlers’ Park Pre-primary School.

Mrs Lyn KrielSchool secretary

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 Vicky von ReicheLadybird Group Teacher

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.

Mrs Tanya ValentineBee 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.

Ms Melissa WoodAnt Group Teacher

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 teaching the Ants group till the end of the current 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 Isa van heerdenButterfly Group Teacher

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 Carrie EriksonCaterpillar Group Teacher

Carrie's Personal Profile

Carrie initially studied for her B.Ed. Degree (Foundation Phase) through Varsity College in Pietermaritzburg. After spending a year at the college she decided to study directly through UNISA and work part-time in her chosen field. She completed her degree in 2011. During the course of her studies, Carrie had the opportunity to work in various schools: She ran an aftercare centre and later worked as a very successful teaching assistant to the Principal at Settlers’. It was no surprise therefore that Carrie was offered a full time teaching post at Settlers’ in 2013.

Carrie studied Psychomotor during 2012 and successfully completed her training at the end of that year. She runs the Psychomotor programme at Settlers’ with great dedication and enthusiasm.

Carrie is delighted to have had the opportunity to teach and nurture the children in the Caterpillar Class. She is excited at the prospect of assisting the children of the Caterpillar Group to mature and grow and watch friendships develop in a safe environment where the children are free to be themselves.

Carrie lives in Howick with her husband Tim. During the weekends, she loves to pursue her creative hobbies. She especially enjoys painting and photography.

Mrs Adele ButlerCricket Group Teacher

Adele's Personal Profile

Adele is teaching the Cricket group while their teacher Mrs Robyn Wicks is on maternity leave.

Adele grew up in Greytown and matriculated from Wembley College. She then obtained her Bachelors Degree in Education, specialising in Early Childhood Development through UKZN Edgewood campus. After completing her degree, she worked at Longmarket Girls School for ten years.

During this time, she taught Grade RR for seven years. She then resigned to start her own little play programme called "Messy Play." She is passionate about the importance of play in the younger years


She lives in Hilton with her husband Jody and her 2 beautiful daughters, Rylie and Jess. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach at Settlers' Park.

Mrs Heather TeichmannFirefly Group Teacher

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 Ubonrat "Som" PengmakFirefly 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 Marika WitthÖftAftercare Supervisor

Marika's Personal Profile

Marika was born and raised in Estcourt where she also completed her formal schooling. She qualified as a pre-primary school educator through TREE (TRAINING AND RESOURCES IN EARLY EDUCATION).

Marika then become the Principal of the Lions’ Crèche in Estcourt, a position she held for seven years. She then joined the Estcourt Christian Academy, where she taught for thirteen years.

Marika is also a music teacher and had her own music school in Estcourt.

Marika and her husband, Ronald have now relocated to Pietermaritzburg.

Marika is delighted to be a member of the Settlers’ staff. Children are her passion and she has their interests at heart.

Mrs Lisa GerberAftercare Assistant

Lisa's Personal Profile

Lisa is in her third 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 developments of a child, 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.


Ms Melissa MeiringIntern

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 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.

Ms Caenthe Thomson Intern

Caenthe's Personal Profile

Caenthe Thomson 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 Charlene Rautenbach Intern

Charlene's Personal Profile

Charlene has joined our staff as an Intern teacher. 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 Lillian NgubaneDomestic Staff

Ms Veronica NgcoboDomestic Staff

Ms Emmaculate NgcoboDomestic Staff

Ms Maureen NdlovuDomestic Staff

Ms Veronica BhenguPart-time Domestic Staff

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