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Meet Yvonne de Vos our new Pre-Primary 2/3 teacher starting in August

Welcome to WIS! What would you like us to know about you?

I am excited to join the WIS community! I am a South African that fell in love with Namibia

ten years ago when I met my husband (then boyfriend) at university! I finally moved

permanently to Windhoek in 2019 and got married in 2022. I always surround myself with

positive, driven people and believe myself to be such a person too. I am inspired by people’s

accomplishments and what their dreams and goals are for their lives. I believe in supporting

one another to chase our dreams, improve ourselves and to bring motivation and

encouragement when the going gets tough. I have since made wonderful friends and

colleagues here in Namibia that does exactly that. I hope to widen that circle even more in

the coming years.

Could you tell us a little about your philosophy of education?

My view of education is that it has an ever-changing and never-ending character. Education

can be compared to the ocean: Just as the ocean has high tides and low tides, and just as

these tides are influenced by the moon and the universe, education is similarly influenced by

things that happen in communities, societies and even the world. There is always more to

learn, understand and master. I believe that education is a continuous search for balance in

passionate educators always improving and learning in a personal and professional capacity,

while getting to know their students and their communities at the same time in order to

create high standard, rich and hands-on learning experiences.

People often like to know their teacher’s academic background and professional

experiences. What and where have you studied? Where have you worked?

I am proud to say that I received honorary colours for my Bachelor of Education in the

Foundation Phase, and then continued to complete my Honors Bachelor of Education in

learner support at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa in 2015. I am

also a proud member of the Golden Key International Honour Society since 2013.

The benefit of studying teaching at above mentioned university, is that we got at least two

practical teaching experiences every year. I took this opportunity to gain teaching

experiences at different schools of different socio-economic statuses. This opened my eyes

not only to the ways that schools function, but also to the impact a community has on the

success and well-being of a school.

After completing my studies, I started teaching in Potchefstroom as a Grade 4 teacher for

three years. In 2019, I moved to Windhoek where I taught for the past six years.

During my professional journey, I’ve had the opportunity to teach students spanning from

Preschool to Grade 7. I have mainly been a Grade 4 teacher, teaching subjects Science,

Mathematics, English Home Language and Afrikaans as a second language. I am now

excited to embark on this journey at WIS as a Pre-Primary teacher. I am confident that I will

bring exciting and valuable learning experiences to the classroom.

What do you do when you are not teaching?

When I’m not teaching, you can find me in one of two places: Either curled up with a good

book, or outdoors enjoying nature or participating in team sports. I love reading thought-

provoking and inspirational stories, such as “Who moved my cheese” by Spencer Johnson

or “Sorry I’m Late: I didn’t want to come” by Jessica Pan.

Outdoors, I love hiking, camping, travelling especially in beautiful Namibia and South Africa

and spending quality time with my friends. I participate in some social sports such as

volleyball and squash and enjoy the team spirit that accompanies the experience.

Why did you choose WIS?

I was moved to apply for a position at Windhoek International School after following the

school on social media and attending a few events, such as their annual International Day.

The pure joy and authenticity of the WIS community was evident at each of these events.

I believe WIS to be an innovative school that embraces a comprehensive, student-centred

approach to education. The school exudes a welcoming and dynamic vibe, emphasizing

holistic education and fostering a sense of community. I am eager to become part of this

lively school community and contribute to the high-quality educational experiences WIS has

to offer.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you? 

I believe in creating and pursuing balance in life. To everything there is a season, and a time

to every purpose on earth. It is only in balance that we find deep and meaningful

relationships. Only with real, authentic connection comes true happiness in life. Balance is

the key.

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