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We are a close knit and loyal team, whose first reaction in any situation is to reach out and lend a helping hand.

We have the necessary certificates required by the Department of Health and Social Welfare, namely First Aid I and II and Basic Fire Fighting and Prevention.  

The numerous certificates for the seminars and workshops they regularly attend speak of their interest and passion to keep up with the latest developments in the Education of young children.

Zonkie Montessori Preschool / Kleuterskool - 3 to 6 year environment:

Ronel Viljoen (Owner and Directress)

It is Ronel’s passion to create an environment where children, being diligent little workers, can acquire all the necessary literacy, numeracy and life skills.

At the same time she and her staff nurture their interest in and respect for their surroundings, developing a sense of responsibility for it.

It is her ideal to encourage children to participate with confidence and integrity in the school environment as well as their community.  

Qualifications:

Ronel is a qualified Montessori Directress.  She holds a Montessori Diploma from St. Nicholas’ Training Centre for the Montessori Method of Education, 1991. In addition she holds a Baccalaureus Degree (University of Pretoria, 1970) and the Transvaal Teachers’ Higher Diploma (Pretoria Teachers’ Training College, 1971).

Ronel has more than 30 years’ experience and is a mother of 4 adult children.

Erica has been teaching locally and abroad since 2004. She has been teaching at Zonkie Montessori preschool for 7 years.  She believes in the Montessori Method and sees her work as a calling and a privilege rather than simply a vocation.  “You’ll be amazed at how much one can learn from children, if you take the time to listen to them.”

Qualifications:

Montessori Early Childhood Diploma, National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE), Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) specialising in Foundation Phase Studies, Currently studying Bachelors in Education Honours Degree (BedHons), specialising in Special Needs Education via North-West University.

 

Erica Burger (Principal and Directress)

Itumeleng, or Sarah as the kids know her, is a natural with children. She has five years of experience working as a teaching assistant and has four children of her own.

She holds various certificates in counselling, First Aid and computer skills - her passion still remains teaching. Her gentle nature and warm smile fits the Montessori environment like a glove. Sarah is a respected role model for all the learners and fellow employees.

Agreeneth Khahleli (Assistant)

Sarah Mokobaki (Assistant)

Agreeneth is an experienced and trustworthy person who has been with us since 2001.

She can always be seen on the playground with children trailing after her vying for her attention.  The sound of her clear laughter often rings out at the funny little stories they love to share with her.  Agreeneth has one adult daughter.

Agreeneth is an experienced and trustworthy person who has been with us since 2001.

She can always be seen on the playground with children trailing after her vying for her attention.  The sound of her clear laughter often rings out at the funny little stories they love to share with her.  Agreeneth has one adult daughter.

Agreeneth Khahleli (Assistant)

Baby Zonkies Preschool / Kleuterskool - 15 months to 3 year environment:

info@montessori-zonkie.co.za

babies@montessori-zonkie.co.za

Leanda Viljoen (Owner and Directress)

Leanda is the owner and principal of Baby Zonkies and the toddler class.  She is a qualified Montessori Directress (Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the Montessori Academy for Teacher Training).  Leanda worked in an academic financial environment for 9 years, during this time she discovered Montessori and was completely fascinated by the Montessori approach to early childhood education.  

Leanda decided to follow her dream of making a difference in educating little ones in a loving and caring environment. She holds a certificate by Spectrum Montessori UK for the Infant Toddler Workshop held by the Montessori Centre South Africa.  Leanda is a mother of two lovely young children.

"I believe that there is enormous potential in every single child, much more than we can EVER imagine. The immense joy of working with little children is to observe how they become independent human beings when being engaged in work and play, socializing and just being part of the everyday school routine, they surprise us every day!"

Poulinah has been working with and caring for children for more than seven years when she joined the Zonkie team in 2013 as an assistant in the toddler class and part of the aftercare team.  Poulinah has a gentle and lively spirit and is fun to be around.  

She is the favourite amongst the toddlers and she is adored by all the children in the school, the toddlers and the older Zonkies.  She has two children of her own.

Poulinah Mnguni (Assistant)

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