Our Staff

Meet our Team

We have an incredible staff. We are a team of believers. We do not view ourselves as leaders who are in front of the children, or as following behind. Rather, we are WITH the children, exploring, discovering and learning together. For us, teaching and learning go hand-in-hand.

“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.”
– Loris Malaguzzi

Lindi Bell (BA HDE)
Lindi Bell is the head teacher for the 4-5 yr olds.  She has over 20 years experience teaching children of all ages and is a mother of three. As a born teacher, she has won many awards for her work with children and its no secret that teaching is her passion. She has conducted and attended courses on Multiple Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Imago relationship Theory, the Reggio Approach and many more.  She teaches full-time and is big on communication, spending a lot of time sharing the special moments of courage and competence of the children. She holds a very strong image of children, as she has seen what they can do, given a ‘Yes’ environment that supports the way that children learn.  She is the founder, head teacher, and director of Small World Playgroup.
Louisa Legadima (Assistant)
Louisa Legadima is motivated and warm-hearted . She is also a mother of three lovely boys and has a great love for children. She is free with her hugs and generous with her heart. She has 8 years experience working in a nursery school prior to being employed at Small World where she has been for over 7 years.  She knows all there is to know, and is the first and last word on ‘how your child was that day’.  You and your children will grow to love her very much. She is responsible for the safety and set-up of the outdoor environment.
Lynette Ncube (Assistant)
Lynette Ncube is your port of call when it comes to looking after the physical needs of the children especially.She chats away to them as she changes their nappies.
She offers snacks and water all day long, and it is not uncommon to see her with a sleeping child on her back or in her lap.  She is so gifted in settling the children and they really respond to her calm unflinching faith in them.  She is also in charge of lost property and termly supplies.She works a full day too, spending her afternoons cleaning and restoring the environment. She has an incredible work ethic and is responsible for the cleanliness and preparation of the indoor
Tessa Stobie (BA Phil, PGCE -FDP ECD)
Tessa Stobie is the Atelierista at Small World. After a career in marketing, Tessa found her true passion, working with children. As Atelierista, she guides our incredible children in using the beautiful tools and materials available in the atelier. She teaches them artistic techniques and skills, creating opportunities for them express their unique and profound ways of thinking. The rest is up to the phenomenal little beings of Small World who, in her eyes, make her job the best and most rewarding in the world. Her Atelier is an inspirational space where children are seen and heard.
Merle Grace(B.Prim Ed and BA Hons)
Merle became aware of the wonder world of children when she was a young student. She started volunteering at a kindergarten which were founded to tie together the different cultures in South Africa. She also did a lot of practical work at the Worcester School for the Blind. After graduating she worked as a remedial teacher, helping children , as well as adults to celebrate their unique potential. Her greatest passion is reading stories to children. She has been a well known face at the Emmarentia Library for several years and also read occasionally at primary schools and bookshops. She believes in love no matter what, creativity and creating community. She is a mother of two.
Karen Brink (Teacher B.Ed ECD Cum Laude)
Karen is the teacher for the 18-24 month class.She found her love for teaching and children soon after school. She’s been teaching yoga for about 9 years and started working with children about 10 years ago. After starting as a facilitator at a remedial school and au pair to a girl with autism, her love for children grew and she started teaching Grade 00 at a small independent school as well as being an au pair for many more families. Karen completed her B.Ed ECD and went on to teach Grade 1 and then Grade R, but something was missing. Not satisfied with the way the schooling system worked she took a year off. Luckily, Karen met Lindi Bell through a mutual friend and got excited about teaching again! She came to Small World with a full heart and hope for the future of education in South-Africa.
Karen also a certified yoga teacher and kids yoga teacher.