ACADEMIC HEAD 2020 - MRS VANESSA TARAZZA

Teacher Vanessa is the Academic Head of Hurlyvale Pre School and Hurlyvale Pre-Primary School.  Her journey into education began in 1987 when she graduated from the Johannesburg College of Education.  In 1991 she left teaching to be a full time mom.  In 1997 she joined the Hurlyvale Primary School Family, initially for a maternity post.  She ended up staying for 23 years.

In 2017 Teacher Vanessa was chosen to lead the Individual Education Programme department at Hurlyvale Primary School and she was promoted to joint Foundation Phase Head of Department from 2019.

During this period her interest in School Readiness, academic skills development and learning through play was re-ignited.

Teacher Vanessa has completed the required First Aid and Firefighting courses

TEACHING STAFF

TEACHER TAMLYN
Teacher Tamlyn

Teacher Tamlyn teaches the 3-4 year old learners in the Owl class.  She started her journey with Hurlyvale Aftercare Club as an Aftercare Facilitator.  She then progressed to becoming a teachers assistant at Hurlyvale Pre School in 2018 and started teaching the Owl class in 2019.  Teacher Tamlyn believes that kindness and compassion go a long way. Teacher Tamlyn has completed the required First Aid and Firefighting courses

TEACHER NICOLENE
Teacher Nicolene

Teacher Nicolene teaches the 1-2 year old learners in the Duckie class.  She has been teaching for 26 years, 21 years with Hurlyvale Pre School.

Teacher Nicolene completed her Child Care Diploma in 1996, and she believes that at this age teaching good life skills is very important.

Teacher Nicolene has completed the required First Aid and Firefighting courses

TEACHER TERESA
Teacher Teresa

Teacher Teresa teaches the 2-3 year old Winnie the Pooh class.  She has been teaching for 25 years, 21 years with Hurlyvale Pre School.

Teacher Teresa completed her Child Care Diploma in 1996.  She has 3 children and is a granny to 3 grandsons.  She loves seeing children grow and develop during their time in her class. 

Teacher Teresa has completed the required First Aid and Firefighting courses.

TEACHER HELEN
Teacher Helen

Teacher Helen teaches the 4-5 year old Dolphin Class.  She started her journey with Hurlyvale Pre School in February 2021, however, she has been teaching for 15 years.   Teacher Helen obtained her B Ed in 2005, and her BA degree in psychology in 2019.  She has a very supportive family that includes two children.  Teacher Helen loves watching children grow into thriving, independent children under her guidance. 

Teacher Helen has completed the required First Aid Courses.

TEACHER BETTY
Teacher Betty

Teacher Betty is the Class Assistant in the 4-5 year old Dolphin Class.  She started her journey with Hurlyvale Pre School in February 2021, and has been involved in educating small children for many years. 

She has the required Educare qualifications.  Teacher Betty is married with 4 children of her own.  She likes to use her initiative and offers help where needed.