Beulah Tertiens-Reeler completed her B.A. H.D.E at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) - then later a post graduate Bachelor's Degree in Education. She worked for eight years at a Senior Secondary school in Mitchell's Plain, teaching English to first and second-language English speakers, from Grades 8 - 12.
Following her work with children, Beulah then worked with adults at the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE), for three years as a Developmental Practitioner, doing in-service training and developmental work for teachers, principals and governing bodies on a project called Whole School Development and Renewal. In 1999, she spent six weeks in Ohio - USA on a Fulbright Scholarship, doing Outcomes-based education (OBE) with founder William Spady and others. Beulah completed Waldorf teacher training at the Centre for Creative Education, then taught a full cycle of classes 1 – 7 at Michael Oak Waldorf School from 2000 – 2006. She began lecturing and holding additional responsibilities at the Centre for Creative Education in 2007 and despite ending her full-time involvement in 2016 she has remained connected to our Centre, especially in her capacity of mentoring research students.
Professionally, Beulah enjoys:
- Teaching creatively
- Bringing and working with diversity in the classroom
- Working with humour in the classroom
- Using drama in schools
- Developing the school as a hub (of activity); using sport and extra-mural activities to build community
On a more personal level Beulah involves herself in:
- Reading inspiring work, poetry and cookery books.
- Handwork such as sewing and embroidery (has worked on a Michael Oak Waldorf School bursary raffle quilt every year since 1998!)
- Creative expression through art, mosaic work and other creative projects.
Howard Dobson has worked in the field of education throughout his adult life, and has nurtured a variety of imaginative and intellectual interests along the way. Born in England, first educated at Archbishop Holgate's Grammer School in York, he eventually received qualifications in Earth and Environmental Studies (University of London), state Teaching Diploma (University of Durham), and Waldorf Teacher Training (Wynstones School, Gloucester).
Howard has been on the ground, in the classroom for many years, first in state and private schools for seven years, then in Waldorf high schools for 25 years (and still counting!). Schools and non-profit organisations, such as the Federation of Waldorf Schools in Southern Africa, continue to seek his expertise as an outreach facilitator in Waldorf methodology. Howard has been in this current capacity as Teacher Trainer since 1999.
Howard's professional interests include
- Spiritual Science and its holistic insight into the human being and the environment
- Creative Teaching
- Sustainable and Holistic living
- Biodynamic Agriculture and the nature of water
- Geological Sciences
On a personal note, Howard thoroughly enjoys outdoor activities, gardening and self-sufficient food production, folk music, and real ale.