The Capstone School Teaching Team

Primary School

Grade 1

Leonora Stephens

Leonora completed her BEd Foundation Phase Degree through Unisa and has seven years teaching experience.  She has a background in ACE and State Curriculum.  Her passion and belief in the Reggio teaching methods is what drew her to The Capstone School. Leonora is someone who believes that
teaching is all heart.  She considers it a blessing to be part of a child’s educational journey and assisting them reaching their full potential through creative teaching and tons of love.


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

Janelle Brits

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.


Grade 4

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 5

Simone Wright

Simone has a BEd Intermediate and Senior Phase degree from the University of South Africa. She
strongly believes that there is more than one way to teach. Simone is guided by the notion that
every child has the ability to succeed when provided with the appropriate guidance and learning
opportunities.  Her teaching philosophy is: “Every child is unique; therefore, their education should
cater for that uniqueness.” Simone teaches Grade 5 and 6 English and Afrikaans and has a passion
for the Arts.


Grade 6

Sara Thackwray

Sara holds a BA Hons degree in English from the University of Cape Town, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from UNISA and an MA in English Literature from Nelson Mandela University. In previous years, she has taught high school English and History, worked in administration and events management and, most recently, as a writer and editor.  She is thrilled to be back in the teaching field! Sara loves people and books...and getting people to love books. She believes that every moment is a learning opportunity and is passionate about cultivating creativity and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. Sara teaches Grade 5-7 English and Social Science. She is married with four children and is a dedicated lover of Jesus.


Grade 7

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

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 0

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

Bianca Mitchell

Biancé completed her BCOM Industrial and Organisational psychology degree in 2013. She has also
furthered her studies in Integrated Learning Therapy that focuses on the neural development of
children. Her teaching philosophy is that children learn through experiences and experiencing and

that the more a child uses their whole body, the more learning will take place. She strives to provide
opportunities for children to explore, discover, create and imagine.

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