Teacher of the Week
Teacher: Noël Venter
School: Andalusia Primary School, Jankempdorp, Northern Cape
SCHOOL teacher Noël Venter from Andalusia Primary School in the Northern Cape chose teaching as a career to help learners who are subjected to social issues such as drug abuse, alcoholism and violence at home.
He wanted to create a safe haven for them at school and during his 31 years of teaching has assisted many learners to overcome their challenges.
He enjoys the time he spends in class teaching and the interaction with them during coaching sessions.
He is also passionate about staff development.
His school, which is in a rural town, is challenged by poverty, crime, drug and alcohol abuse and severe sexual behaviour.
He has managed to get the community and other stakeholders involved.
Venter’s vast experience has led him to represent the district and province in several forums and has presented papers at provincial and international conferences.
His plans for the future entail developing his school as a centre of excellence.
(Compiled by Inside Education staff)