I have had a passion for the outdoors since being a young boy. It was this passion that drove me to study Botany and Zoology (plants and animals) at Stellenbosch University. A love for children and a sense of doing something towards creating a better world made teaching a logical career choice.
I taught Biology (natural and life sciences) for 12 years in the classroom at schools in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. During this time I organised annual Grade 9 science hikes up Table Mountain. The Grade 10s would go to Dalebrooke every year for marine ecology studies and the Grade 11s would go to Kirstenbosch. Once a year I would take the Christian Union group to Rocklands for a camp.
To be able to combine all these experiences into an everyday job was a wonderful opportunity. So when the promotion post at School in the Wilds opened, I could not believe my luck.
I have been part of School in the Wilds now since 2001 and it has truly been a blessed time in my life. Annually we receive some 150 schools; about 400 educators and about 8000 learners. It has been a huge privilege to be able to share my love for the outdoors and my knowledge of plants and animals with the learners that pass through our hands.