Geography and Environmental Management:
Daniel Landi (BSc, PGCE, MEd)
The founder and Principal of the Academy, Daniel Landi, has been teaching and learning for 20 years in Government and independent schools, in the UK, the Middle East and South Africa. The Academy has been his dream for over a decade. A place where students are free to learn, where teachers are free to teach and as as a community they can grow together to create the most effective learning environment. He has gone to great lengths to ensure that the Academy is at the forefront of progressive education, embodying both the Montessori ethic and his own approaches to teaching and learning, supported by motivated and expertly qualified staff and a cutting-edge technology. He remains fully immersed in the classroom teaching his favourite subjects, Geography and Environmental Management. Daniel grew up in Johannesburg and returned to South Africa with his family in 2011.
Administrator Director and the Examinations Officer:
Jacqui Brown (BA Hons Psy, PRISA)
Jacqui Brown is the Administrator Director and the Examinations Officer for The Academy, a demanding position which requires both a good grasp of the Cambridge Educational examination system as well as an in-depth knowledge of
the Academy’s financial and HR functions. She is well qualified for this position as she holds a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology and an additional qualification gained from the Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA). Jacqui lives in Hout Bay and is married with two children.
French and Spanish:
Dr Ana Garcia (PhD, DTM)
Dr Ana is a Communications Specialist with a Master’s degree in Education and Languages from her native Bilbao Teaching University (Spain), with qualifications in 4 languages (Spanish, English, Basque and French) and more than 10 years’ experience as a Languages Teacher in Spain (Basque Government) and South Africa (Lycée Français du Cap). Dr Ana has a Doctoral Degree in Metaphysical Sciences (PhD) specializing in Transpersonal Counselling (integration of higher consciousness in the counselling process). She is also a Reiki Master and a Coach U CTP graduated Life and Business Coach.
Garric Freeze (BSc, PGCE)
Garric is the Senior Mathematics tutor and tutors the AS Level and A Level Mathematics course. He has been teaching High school Mathematics (NSC, IEB and Cambridge) since 2008. His interests range from crunching numbers and statistics, to music and film collection. His personal approach to teaching stem from Albert Einstein’s philosophy: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”, hence he strives to remain in touch with his learner’s needs and learning styles, in addition, he encourages his learners to continuously extend themselves in the subject, as he still extends his Math repertoire to this day.
Chemistry and Biology:
Jodi Moore (BSc, PGCE)
Jodi Moore, is the Academy tutor for Biology and Chemistry. She grew up in Cape Town and then moved to Stellenbosch to study a BSc majoring in Physiology and Sport Science, followed by a PGCE. Science, sport and teaching were always a personal passion. While at university her love for all things living and connected grew, which only made her that much more passionate about teaching. In school, and in life in general, I try live by a simple quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. She believes it all starts with a single individual making the change within themselves and affecting the world through all the little ways that usually seem insignificant.
Markus Kruger (MSc)
Paul Maneveld (BA, PGCE)
Paul Maneveld does not always dress as well as this picture suggests. With a BA degree from the University of Cape Town, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the same, Paul’s majors were English and History, but he considers himself a student of many other fields, and is fascinated with the minutiae of daily living. Driven by his motto of “There is no such thing as useless information”, Paul attempts in his teaching to convey this pedagogical outlook, and encourage his students to see relevance, and draw connections between, everything that they learn and experience, as well as cultivate a love for English in all its forms. He prides himself on his lighthearted outlook and sense of humour, considering these essential to the profession.
Middle Years Coordinator:
Angelica Moller (BA, PGCE)
Angelica graduated from Stellenbosch University with a Bachelor’s degree, after which she spent a year studying progressive teaching methodologies, tutoring and looking after children, finding her passion for teaching. She went on to Study a PGCE at UNISA and started teaching in 2015 as an assistant teacher. She began teaching at Capella House in Cape Town and joined the Academy Hout Bay in 2018. She is responsible for the implementation of Montessori methodology and Project Based Learning in the Middle Years.