The Team

Heather Miller


I have been teaching for over thirty years in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and now the Western Cape. I live in the heart of Pringle Bay with my partner, Raymond and my 84 year old mother, Ruth, as well as my cats- Padme, Irish and Zeppelin and Petal my Yorkie.

I am passionate about teaching and children. I love the realisation that when teaching with honesty and integrity, I will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the students entrusted to me.

I have two wonderful children, Declan Thomas and Callen Jade. I relocated to Pringle Bay at the end of 2016 to take up the exciting leadership position at Pringle House Eco School. I am blessed with wonderful teachers, supportive parents and delightful students. Together we are going to put PHES on the map!

I am a Christian and I am passionate about many things: art, the theatre, the beach, trees and mountains, History, IUOMA, creating Mandalas, making Altered Books, Collage work, Puppet work, storytelling, Afritwin and gardening.

Erika van Zyl


Erika is our administrative angel. Her empathy and caring personality coupled with a sharp brain makes her an excellent administrator.

She has an interesting past, which include her being the Model of the Year in Richard’s Bay in her early twenties! She is a published poet having one of her poems being given 4th place in a countrywide poetry competition.

Erika matriculated from Vereeniging High School and went on to do a Secretarial Diploma at Vaal Triangle College. She then did a Pastel accounting course, a three year Theological Diploma, took the Estate Agency exam and became a qualified Estate Agent.

She is artistic and loves painting and pottery.

Her family is her pride and joy. She has two sons, Francois and Ruan, a wonderful daughter-in-law, Kerry-Lee and two adorable grandchildren, Malachi and Ezekiel.

She loves her job at PHES and says that the children make every day an adventure for her.

Wilhelmina Nortje

Teacher: Grades 4 & 5

Wilhelmina Nortje is the teacher for the Grade 4 and 5 class this year.

She is passionate about teaching and making s difference in the developing of young minds. She presents an impressive CV and has loads of experience in some interesting and diverse fields. She served on the local Bronkhorstspruit Eisteddfod Committee, she writes monologues and speeches for students in both English and Afrikaans, she belongs to a Drama group and also served as a Senior Marker for the Department of Education, Mpumalanga.

Wilhelmina has a soft, loving approach towards her learners and has a cheerful manner that ingratiates her with both learners and teachers alike. Two characteristics we applaud at PHES.

She did her tertiary Education at Potchestroom Onderwys Kollege and taught, among other schools, at Ekangala Comprehensive High School for 22 years, where she was highly regarded by the learners, staff and parents.

She is experienced in teaching mixed grades as she taught at the Star of Hope Private School in Kwandebele.

We are delighted to have this creative spirit on our team.

Kim Steinmann

Teacher: Grades 2 & 3

Kim is a delightful, enthusiastic young woman who will bring great energy and ideas to PHES. She matriculated from Hermanus High in 2005. She did show jumping for Western Province and is passionate about photography, especially of nature and architecture.

Before returning to live once again in Kleinmond, she and her husband were globe-trotting. Kim taught in Bangkok, Thailand for two years. She married Cassie Steinmann in 2013. Their cat, Mika completes their family unit. She enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her family.

Before becoming a teacher, she was a horse riding instructor. It was while she was instructing and interacting with young people that she realised where her passion lay. She made the decision to pursue the teaching profession and hasn’t looked back. She taught at Kleinmond Primary school during 2017, and gained the love and respect of both the staff and the learners in her care.

Leslie van Zyl

Teacher: Grades R & 1

This delightful, innovative teacher has been working at Pringle House for almost a year.

She studied ECD NQF4, Foundation Phase. She is an accredited Evergreen Parenting and  Tall Trees Profiles Facilitator.

Leslie started off working in the corporate industry, and then decided to follow my passion- teaching children. She did some then did Au pairing and soon began her teaching career. She was at Buzzy Bugz Playschool in Brackenfell teaching 3 – 4  year olds, she was a surrogate mother for a friend, and carried twins. She then moved to Gordon’s Bay and started teaching Gr. RR – R at Somerstrand College. She rekindled her romance with Danie (after a 20 year gap) and moved to Kleinmond and started her own business. Between her and Danie they have three children. She missed teaching and then started working at PHES.

Binkie Lees

Teacher: Grades RRR & RR

After having completed my 4 year teaching diploma back in 1985 I have been blessed with working with children of all ages at various schools in South Africa and Botswana.

Originally teaching Physical Education in Primary/ High Schools, other disciplines were required of me and I have since then taught a variety of subjects to many different grades.

It is always daunting when you first start as a teacher, as you have a big responsibility in helping young children to make positive life choices; to be able to interact with people of all ages.  My passion is Nature Conservation and I devote much time educating the learners in my care to respect nature.  I believe in having fun whilst learning these essential skills and knowledge.

I have gained much experience during teaching at some of the top Primary Schools in Pretoria- Brooklyn Primary, St Paulus, and Robert Hicks. I was the Head at Dizneyland Nursery School for a few years. I taught at Westwood International and Northside International School in Botswana.

I have been involved with PHES since 2009 where I was the Head for a few years.  This year I have decided to teach the Grade RRR and RR and I am thoroughly loving the challenges afforded to me.

Andrea Botma

Teacher: 18 months – 3 Years

Andrea is a resourceful person who clearly adores the little ones in her care. Her passion for her work and the love for the children is evident in the way she interacts with them. She told me that she has always known that she would work with children.

She continually seeks ways to improve her knowledge in the education field and sourcing inspirational ways to interact and inspire her learners.

Andrea has been teaching for the past 20 years. This experience includes private tutoring, au paring, 2 years at a Montessori school, various play/preschools, and was the owner of her very own playschool.

She has done her Level 3 ECD (Intec), and Level 4 ECD (Boland College)

Her interests include reading, painting and craft work. Spending quality time with her family is hugely important to her.


Nursery School – Assistant

Maureen Reid

Xhosa Teacher

Maureen Reid has been teaching our learners for the past year. She is fluent in isiXhosa and teaches the learners using games, music, songs and oral work. This year the lessons will be slightly more structured to include the written word.

Maureen sums up her passion for the isiXhosa language,

“Learning a new language is not easy.  I have developed an easy non-threatening method of teaching isiXhosa by way of songs; actions; games and competitive interaction.

isiXhosa is a beautifully structured language.  Even though the learners have taken a while to grasp some of the concepts, their enthusiasm has been evident.  My passion for the language has driven me to spend much time in developing the material.  By no means anywhere near an expert, the basics are so important to grasp, that I am satisfied in developing my own skills and imparting them to all those who have a desire to be enriched.”

Galia Manicom

Drama Teacher

Galia Manicom came to drama teaching via a circuitous route, starting as an Electron Microscopist, moving to event management for a teacher-outreach programme, before finally qualifying as a drama teacher.   But throughout all of her working career, she has been involved, in some way, with the dramatic arts – acting; writing and directing plays; organising Eisteddfods and drama coaching.

Children are natural dramatists, but life has a way of curtailing that, so her ultimate aim is to develop self-confidence, which, in turn, can aid all facets of a child’s education and general life.  By tapping into their natural abilities, imagination and enthusiasm, drama can enhance learning without the children even being aware that they are ‘working’.

Galia was born in Egypt to Russian parents, is married to a South African and together, they have raised three beautiful children.  Her interests include geology, gardening, collecting books and, of course, any form of theatre.  She lived in Nelspruit for many years and is now finally living her dream of a home by the sea.

She is looking forward to introducing this year’s children to the many delights and benefits of drama.