Founder and Principal:
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.
Vice Principal and Examinations Officer:
Jacqui Brown (BA Hons Psy, PRISA)
Jacqui Brown is the Vice Principal and the Examinations Officer for The Academy, a demanding position which requires both a good grasp of the Edexcel examination systems as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Academy’s financial and HR functions. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology and an additional qualification gained from the Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA). Jacqui is the firm hand that steers The Academy to safe financial waters. Jacqui lives in Hout Bay and is married with two children.
Biology and Chemistry:
Siko Mhizha (BSc, PGCE)
An accomplished, energetic and reliable Educator with a solid history of achievement in teaching. Siko is a seasoned and responsible Educator with a track record of achieving exceptional results in the teaching of Biology and Chemistry. With 15 years of teaching experience in schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe she leads Science Department at the Academy. She describes herself as passionate and self motivated, with a drive for excellence.
Physics and Computor Science:
Markus Kruger (MSc)
Markus Kruger grew up in Cape Town and graduated from Stellenbosch University with a M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics. As well as teaching all the way from Grade 1 through to first year university in combinations of either mathematics or physics, he spent two years as the head tutor at the African Institute for Mathematical Science. He is passionate about cultivating scientific thinking in his students which will prepare them for any scientific direction they may wish to continue, including physics. His teaching philosophy is comprised of giving his students the tools that they need to solve problems and, perhaps more importantly, to check if those solution are sensible and consistent. This requires a mental shift from trying to memorise known solutions to really understanding the guiding principles, and then systematically applying them to the given problem. This approach applies to problems far outside the realm of physics, creating critical thinkers in our society. This is worth even more than a good mark in the exams.
Justine Jade Pearce (BA (English and Psychology), PGCE)
Justine is a a passionate English educator with a mission is to instil empathy and develop life skills through literature, while equipping learners to become efficient communicators so preparing them for their future.
With four years of teaching experience she bring the combined benefit of both experience and youthful energy to The Academy. “I hope to use my life experiences to encourage students to see that we can face any challenge head on and come away victorious. “
New Staff for 2020
Watch this space for information of new staff joining the Academy for January 2020