New Staff Members

Union Preparatory School recently welcomed four new staff members to its team.
“We are very excited to welcome these exceptional individuals to our team of educators and look forward to a successful school year,” said Principal Mrs Belinda Botha.
The new appointments are Miss Sandia Barnard, Miss Michaela Harris, Mrs Gweny van Deventer and Mrs Katie Kotzé.
? Mrs ????? ????é has already ingrained herself onto the hearts of all those at Union, having started at the school last year. Mrs Kotzé joined the UPS team as a substitute Grade 2 teacher in August of 2021 and subsequently accepted a permanent teaching position at UPS. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Foundation Phase education and a Honours Degree in special needs/ learning support. Prior to relocating to Graaff-Reinet, she taught in KwaZulu-Natal for 14 years. Mrs. Kotzé is joining the Grade 3 team this year and she looks forward to becoming more involved in cultural activities at UPS. She believes in holistic, inclusive and interactive teaching and learning and is passionate about finding ways to reach each and every child.
? Miss ???????? ?????? is well-known in the Graaff-Reinet community, having grown up on a farm just outside of town. After matriculating from Union in 2014, Miss Harris completed a Gap Year at Hurstpierpoint College in the UK after which she attended Stellenbosh University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Intermediate Phase education, majoring in Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Miss Harris, who has been appointed as a Grade 4 teacher, has an innate passion for teaching that is truly infectious.
? Miss ?????? ??????? is joining Union Preparatory School as a Grade 1 teacher this year. Originally from De Aar, Miss Barnard was employed in Britstown before relocating to Graaff-Reinet. Miss Barnard is looking forward to guiding, inspiring, motivating and encouraging Union’s young learners to make a positive impact in the world around them.
? Mrs ????? ??? ???????? will also be teaching our Grade 4s this year. Mrs van Deventer is very excited to start her journey at Union Preparatory School. “Going to Grade 4 is a big milestone for the learners at UPS. I’m looking forward to sharing it with them and their parents,” says Mrs van Deventer.
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