Founder and Director
I am a BSc graduate, with a double major in Zoology and Botany, from the Nelson Mandela University in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I also spent a year in Scotland studying Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and three years working through the Game Ranging and Wildlife Management course while volunteering at a local private nature reserve. My key focuses include science communication and education, conservation biology and animal behaviour while my other interests include exploring, photography and writing.
“Conservation” and a “sustainable future” are more than just buzz words to me and as such I hope to be able to make an impact on how people perceive science and the environment. A key element to Guardians of the Deep is to attempt to bridge the gap between the scientific and global communities by using the wonder of the ocean to inspire. We aim to amplify the message of conservation to empower positive environmental changes.
I teach grade three and have twelve years of experience as a classroom teacher. I received a BEd for the Foundation Phase from UNISA and have had experience teaching abroad, in South Korea. Whilst I love being in the classroom, it has always been a dream of mine to be able to teach outside in the open air about a topic that is important to everyone – our environment! My older sister sparked my enthusiasm for all things nature from when I was little and continues to do so to this day. When she founded Guardians of the Deep, I could not wait to get involved in any way possible. Currently my position in Guardians is to help create activity books and give advice on curriculum requirements for the various programmes that we offer. I would ideally like to see Guardians become a part of every school in some small way. We are all responsible for our part that we play within our ecosystem and learning how we can make a positive impact is something that should be a part of every curriculum!