Our Staff

Our Teachers


Theresa Minne

BA: Philosophy and English (UCT), PGCE with distinction (UNISA). Multiple meta-cognition workshops under Estelle Brettenny; O.T. and Consultant in Thinking and Learning Health. SACE registered.

“Shifting paradigms have always motivated me as a teacher and as a lifelong learner. I desire to inspire confidence, critical thinking and the love of learning in young people. This is what I believe is my life’s purpose. As the former principal of an independent school, an educational consultant and a private tutor, I have worked closely with students, parents and teachers and observed the regular disparity between the existing system and the actual needs of learners- a deep desire to bridge this gap was ignited and the concept of The HOOT Institute was born.”

Kimara Smith

Hons Psych, Life Coach diploma, NLP dip, Psychological First Aid certification is our resident Life Coach and her heart for students makes her an invaluable asset to our team. Directly helps with learner goals as well as their emotional well-being.

Sherry-Ann Ruthven Young

Qualified BED Foundation Phase teacher with experience in alternative curricula and homeschooling. Her passion  and patience allows each child to learn in an environment where they feel secure and confident.

Petra Thorson

Petra’s career path was inspired by the overlapping of her love of art and her desire to share that with children. She is a qualified Visual Arts Educator with 15 years of experience teaching art to students of all ages. Petra holds a BA Fine Arts Honours Degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. For 10 years, she worked as the Subject Head at a local high school where she taught Grade 8-12 Visual Arts. She believes that art has a therapeutic value and that it can play a critical role in our fast-paced modern lives to develop soft skills through experiential and tactile learning. At Hoot, students are introduced to examples from art history and encouraged to experiment with a wide range of fine art techniques and materials.

Petra Thorsen
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Courtney Speechly

Bachelor of Education: Intermediate and Senior Phase: English and Creative Art (CPUT) Counselling for Children and Adolescents (UNISA). Courtney has a passion for working with children, nurturing their own critical thinking, and encouraging a love for learning. From experience as a Speech and Drama teacher, puppeteer, Art teacher, and Homeschool teacher, she incorporates creativity and fun into the classroom. She is knowledgeable in a variety of teaching methodologies and personalizes each child’s learning experience at HOOT according to their individual needs.

Contact Us:

14 Montague Rd, Monte Vista, Cape Town, 7441

+27 71 883 8283


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.