View the contributors that will be working on the Grade 4-6 Natural Sciences and Technology Workbooks.
Mark Horner is the director of Siyavula. He has a fellowship from the Shuttleworth Foundation where he works in the area of Open and Collaborative Resources. He has a PhD in physics from the University of Cape Town.
Megan Beckett is the Content Coordinator for Life Sciences at Siyavula. Megan finished her Masters in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town and is now interested in applying her knowledge and skills in education and technology.
Bridget Nash is the community coordinator for Siyavula, and has a BA(Hons) in Psychology from Rhodes University. She is proud to be part of such an exciting project that is making a real difference to education in South Africa.
Hélène Smit is a group facilitator who helps groups in a variety of contexts to achieve their ordinary and extraordinary goals, by easing them through the psychological dynamics that so often prevent successful human outcomes.
René Toerien is a former science and maths teacher and currently doing her Masters in Science Education at UCT. She has a passion for science education in South Africa, teacher capacity building and curriculum development and implementation.
Colleen Henning is the Head of the Science Department at St John's College
Brett Nicolson has been the Head of Natural Sciences at St John’s Prep School in Johannesburg for 7 years. He also teaches Maths and oversees the school’s outdoor education programmes.
Wetsie Visser is a non-retiring, retired ex-teacher and lecturer currently involved in upgrading the skills and knowledge of teachers and learners in the Northern Cape.
Rose Thomas is from the Primary Science Programme, and here she facilitated as a curriculum consultant. She has a BSc from Wits, a Teaching Diploma from the University of London, and a Masters in Teaching from UCT.
Isabel Tarling has created curriculum material and assessment guides for subjects including Maths, Science, IT and English. She edits and authors school textbooks and will start her PhD in September 2012, investigating Ways of Saving Failing Schools in South Africa.
Wayne Jones is a freelance illustrator based in Cape Town. He has contributed artwork to numerous textbooks and specialises in biological illustrations.
Graphic designer and illustrator Brandt Botes is the owner of Studio Botes – a design shop that specialises in corporate identities, packaging design and illustration. He has a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Stellenbosch.
Rufus Wesi is a Senior Research Analyst at Sasol Inzalo Foundation. He has a PhD in Science Education. In his previous responsibilities he served as science teacher, university lecturer and science centre manager.
Busisiwe Mosiuoa is a Curriculum Advisor for Technology at Tshwane South District Office.
Dawn Crawford is a Curriculum Advisor for Technology at Tshwane South District Office. She taught Science and Technology for Grades 5-7 for ten years, and is currently finalising her BEd(Hons) in Computer Integrated Education at the University of Pretoria.
Kristi Jooste studied a BSc in Genetics and Physiology, and subsequently a PGCE from UCT. She teaches Gr 5 at Pinelands North Primary School, Cape Town. She is excited about being in the classroom and hearing children ask inquisitive questions about their world around them.
Dhevan Marimandi is the Natural Sciences HOD at Redhill Prep, where he also teaches Grade 7 Maths.
Michaela Carr is from Roedean, where she teaches Social Science to Grades 4 - 7.
Mawethu Nocanda teaches Natural Science, English and Economics Management Sciences to Grades 5 and 6 at Sonwabo Primary School.
Erica Makings is an educator at Brescia House. She teaches Natural Sciences and Life Sciences, and formerly taught Physical Sciences to Grades 10-12. She is involved in Grade 12 marking and assists in the Department of Basic Intervention Programmes for learners and educators for Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.
Godwell Nhema is from Blairgowrie Primary School, where he teaches Natural Sciences, Maths and Life Orientation to Grades 5, 6 and 7.
Shamin Garib is from Fordsburg Primary School where she teaches Science to Grade 7.
Dowelani Mashuvhamele is from Blairgowrie Primary School where he teaches Natural Sciences, Computer Lit, Social Science, Culture to Grades 4 - 7.
Darryl Bimray is from Dominican Convent School where he teaches Grade 4 and 5 in Maths and Science.
Swasthi Pillay has been teaching Natural Science at Crawford Prep, Lonehill since 2003 and is currently the head of the Science Department. Each year she trains the pupils to find and carry out investigations of their own for their annual Science Expo. She is passionate about recycling and being energy efficient.
Mervin Naik teaches Natural Sciences and Technology, and Economic and Management Sciences to Grade 7 at Wendywood Primary School.
Nicole Gillanders is from Reddam House, where she teaches Science, Geography, Biology and Ecology to Grades 4–7.
Thaneshree Singh teaches Natural Sciences and Technology, and Economic and Management Sciences to Grade 4, and provides academic support for Maths and English at Wendywood Primary School.
Ruth-Anne Holm is a Science teacher from St Teresa's
Mthuthuzeli Ngqongqo is a Natural Sciences educator at Sonwabo Primary in Gugulethu. He was a Natural Sciences workshops facilitator during the advocacy of OBE. It has been his dream to get involved in a project such as this - compiling resources for our learners.
Karen Stewart teaches Computers and Technology to Grades 4-7 at Reddam House.
Lee-Ann Harding is from Reddam House, where she teaches English, Geography and Technology to Grades 5–7.
Karen du Plessis is from Woodhill College where she teaches Grade 4 (all subjects) and Gr 5 and 6 Science.
Adam Hyde is a fan of Siyavula and founder of FLOSS Manuals, Booktype, and Book Sprints.
Antonette Tonkie is from Covenant College and teaches Natural Sciences and Technology to Grades 5-7, and Maths to Grade 4, with 30 years experience. Her passion is to provide learners with the best education and hands on experience.
Paul van Koersveld is a Physics teacher at the Ukuqonda Institute university-preparedness program in Rustenburg.