MEET THE TEAM
BA: Philosophy and English (UCT), PGCE with distinction (UNISA). SACE registered. Multiple meta-cognition workshops under Estelle Brettenny; O.T. and Consultant in Thinking and Learning Health.
“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.”
Qualified with an Honors in Psychology degree, Life Coach diploma, NLP diploma and Psychological First Aid certification.
Our resident Life Coach is an invaluable asset to our team. She directly helps with student goal setting as well as their emotional well-being. In addition to her management of our online programmes she offers individualized Tertiary Support Packages which include; career coaching, identifying individual strengths and interests as well as applications to tertiary institutions.
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.
Levi Daniels (he/him) is an educator (maths, physics, biology, chemistry, English) from Cape Town. He holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences (2018, Chicago, IL) and has over 8 years of teaching experience. He is passionate about equipping students with the knowledge and skills to become independent, holistic learners and purpose-filled people.
With an early background and training in Patisserie, Food Preparation and cooking, Nikki then worked for 10 years as a consultant and tutor with REACH Autism and completed her Bachelor of Education in 2018.
For the next 7 years she was the Head of Foundation Phase at an independent school before joining the HOOT family in 2021.
Nikki’s strengths lie in her ability to create a secure and consistent classroom environment where her students feel safe and regulated because of her calm and loving demeanour with clear boundaries. Every child is guided and assisted as an individual, with a strong emphasis on developing academic optimisation. Her many years of experience with special needs make her a wonderful asset to our Institute.
BA: Applied English Language Studies and Psychology (Stellenbosch University), PGCE with distinction (Cornerstone University), BEd Honours in Inclusive Education, Montessori Elementary Specialisation
“I am passionate about Inclusive Education and enabling a love for learning in children from a young age. I aim to make my classroom a safe place for all children and harness the natural curiosity they possess. Play, exploration and inquiry are the guiding philosophies of my teaching. My Montessori background has shown me the value of following the child and shifting my teaching for the individual.”
ATCL Speech and Drama Trinity College
LAMDA Performing Arts Grade 7
200hr RYT Yoga Alliance Certificate
2013 ECD Facilitator of the year awarded by Western Cape Education Department.
“The love of the Performing Arts and Drama Teaching took me on a fulfilling and exciting life journey. I embarked on a journey of self-healing and healing opportunities for those on my path. I have been very fortunate to be facilitating and teaching within the disability sector for over 14 years, creating learning opportunities for those needing a safe space in education that is not available in our mainstream education system. I am also passionate about sharing with teachers and parents on how to assist children and youth with learning barriers.
My desire is to create a loving and inclusive safe space for all, no matter what the challenges are!”