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ABOUT OUR TEAM

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Nikita Rika Pretorius

BE.d Foundation Phase

BE.d Honours Learning support

Nikita is a BE.d Foundation Phase graduate from the  NWU (Potchefstroom) and completed her Postgraduate studies in Learning support at the NWU (Potchefstroom).

 

She started her career as a preschool teacher and was fascinated by the development of preschool children. She also worked with learners who had different learning disabilities. After that, she left the mainstream teaching space to specialise in teaching learners on the Autism Spectrum. She formed part of a team of specialists who focussed on the development and educational outcomes for non-verbal Autistic learners. She was involved in numerous educational projects including curriculum development for Foundation Phase learners and in the Early Childhood development field.

 

She developed a specialised academic programme which is implemented at our schools called MiniGenius. This is a comprehensive early childhood curriculum that fosters holistic development, encompassing social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills through play-based, age-appropriate activities, nurturing a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Nikita is passionate about Education and holistic development of young minds.

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Dr J (Lieb) Liebenberg

PhD & MIT (Information Technology)

Owner & founder of Crayon Kinds & MiniGenius

Dr J (Lieb) Liebenberg holds a doctorate from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and MIT (Information Technology) from the University of Pretoria (both with distinction). He has a keen interest in how humans of all ages understand and learn and has delivered and published academic papers on learning and eLearning locally and abroad since 2006.

 

He is currently a Research Associate at the Dept of Informatics at the University of Pretoria and is on the review panel of the South African Journal of Childhood Education. Dr Liebenberg was also the organiser of the first Mind, Brain and Education Seminar in Africa (2018) as well as the follow-up in 2019. He has presented workshops on “Mind, Brain and Education” to educators all over South Africa and written a number of blogs and popular articles on “learning and the brain”.

Dr Liebenberg founded ITSI (which pioneered eLearning in South Africa) in 2006 and was the CEO until 2019. The ITSI platform is used by many of the top private and public schools in SA as well as by the University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria.  He has been involved in learning research and development since 2006 and has delivered academic papers on eLearning as well as published on the subject in peer-reviewed journals.

His current research focus is Mind, Brain and Education - specifically how foundation teaching and learning could benefit from the latest findings in neuroscience, cognitive science and pedagogy

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