Meet Letitia Kleynhans, Head of the Pre-school

December 7, 2022

How long have you been at SCS?


My name is Letitia Kleynhans and I have worked at SCS for six years. I taught the Gr 000s for 4 years and I have taught the Gr Rs for the last 2 years. I am also the HOD of the Pre-school.


What drew you to this school and what keeps you here?


Both my sisters matriculated from SCS and when it was time for my two boys to join a school, SCS was our first choice. I was thrilled to become part of the team myself in 2016 as SCS is not just any school, it’s a caring community that encourages individuality and compassion. I am extremely proud to be part of such an extraordinary school.


What makes SCS sodifferent from other schools or places of work?


SCS is unique and progressive in its approach to education. Children are encouraged to explore, grow ,and have fun while learning. Each child is seen as an individual and SCS teachers value and recognises each of them for their strengths. We guide and help them to improve in areas that they may struggle with. It is a remarkable feeling to go to work in the mornings and see children truly happy to be at school.


I love working at SCS as it is a positive space to work in. Respect and kindness are valued, and this is applicable to children, teachers and parents. This is what makes our community so special, the fact that we all work together to create a safe and secure environment for children to flourish within.


SCS also encourage us as teachers to grow and develop in our profession, providing many opportunities to build on our knowledge and stay current with teaching and educational strategies.Not only does this benefit us as teachers, but also the little ones in our care.

What is your lifetime dream or ambition?


It is rather difficult to give an answer when asked what my lifetime dream or ambition is. I love being a teacher and I am confident that this is what I was meant to do. I do want to further my studies in teaching and I am currently in the process of starting a Honours BEd degree and in time, I would like to complete a Master's degree in Educational Psychology.


My dream or ambition in life would be to make a difference wherever I can, to help little ones reach their potential and become the best that they can be.


If you could name one positive thing that SCS has taught you, what would it be?


When I started teaching at SCS, I wasn’t confident and definitely did not feel self-assured. In my time at SCS, I have grown in so many ways. I have been encouraged to step outside my comfort zone and in this very supportive environment, I have learnt that I am more capable than I ever thought I was. SCS has taught me that if you feel safe and cared for, nothing is impossible. That is a philosophy I use in my classroom. Children need to feel safe and cared for as this enables them to learn. SCS has been that for me, a safe haven and that is why I love being part of this amazing school.

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