The Capstone School Teaching Team

Grade 1

Michelle Grimbeek

Michelle completed her BEd Foundation Phase degree at the Nelson Mandela University in 2016. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Education. Michelle’s teaching philosophy is that she firmly believes in the image of the child - “a teacher's purpose is not to create students in his/her own image, but to develop students who can create their own image." A favourite reminder of Michelle is that children must be taught HOW to think, not what to think.

Grade 2

Tania Allanson

Tania holds a B.Prim Ed degree from the Nelson Mandela University and an Advanced Certificate in Education (Barriers to Learning) from the University of South Africa. Tania has a passion for remedial education and taught at a private school for the past 10 years as a remedial therapist. Tania believes that every child is special and unique and has to be treated and learn accordingly. Being a teacher is far more than just imparting knowledge and I believe that “ To teach is to touch a life forever.”

Grade 3

Taryn Yorke- Arnold 

Tarryn graduated with a BA degree at Rhodes University majoring in Organisational Psychology and Classical Civilization. She continued to complete her PGCE (cum laude) through Unisa. She attained a private pilot’s license and in her spare time she enjoys aviation and traveling. Tarryn applies the precision and problem solving techniques that flying has taught her in her teaching. She is a firm believer that every child is capable and that teachers need to assist them in discovering their own individual learning approach.

Grade 4

Joseph Chakonda

Joseph holds a diploma in Education and is in his final year of study towards a BA (Forensic Science and Technology) from the University of South Africa. Joseph has 11 years mainstream teaching experience, of which the last five years was spent at a private school. Joseph teaches maths and science at the senior primary level and believes that the classroom is a place where the teacher is not the host source of information, but where information flows from all directions. The teacher assumes the role of facilitator who ignites enthusiasm and watch genius grow.


Grade 00

Nici Daly

Nici holds a BA (Ed) degree from Rhodes University and spend the most part of her teaching career teaching at two top private schools in Johannesburg. Later she was appointed as the headmistress at a large Pre School in Johannesburg, Nici is passionate about developing children to their individual, full potential in a happy, thought-provoking and creative environment. She believes that the Reggio Emillo teaching philosophy adopted at The Capstone School lends itself to this in the most amazing way.  

Grade 00

Sue Craven

Sue has 25 years experience teaching at junior primary and pre-primary level.

Sue is passionate about nature and love tapping into the children’s natural curiosity, She enjoys the setting of The Capstone School Campus, where the children can observe the horses, cows and a myriad of little creatures. A quote that resonates well with Sue’s teaching philosophy is: “The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.” – Anonymous

Grade R

Tayla Everett

Tayla graduated from the  Nelson Mandela University in 2018 with a BEd Foundation Phase degree (Cum laude). Tayla is is inspired by a quote by Louis Pasteur “When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments - tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become “.  This impacted on her deeply as she truly believe that every child has the potential to shine and therefore, she always strive to motivate and encourage each and every learner in her care to be the best they possibly can be. In the words of Loris Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Emilia schools: “Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains,as high as possible.No one can do more”.

Grade R

Janell Britz

Janelle completed her BEd Foundation Phase degree at the Nelson Mandela University. Presently she is in her final year of studies towards an Advanced Diploma in Remedial Education. Janelle believes that everyone in the class contributes as a learner, teacher and thinker. Her teaching is centered around the five W and H questions: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW. She is committed to love and nurture her learners with discipline as she leads and guides them to unlock their potential in the fun, happy Capstone School environment. Janelle has a strong Christian Foundation which she lives out in her classroom.

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