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Teacher Training Academic Staff

In one respect, our staff is the life-blood of the programme. The expertise and energy each brings to the classroom exhibits the quality we would hope to inspire in all our learners. In addition to the permanent staff introduced below, the Centre for Creative Education is continually built up by the dedication of part-time lecturers, who become involved when modules of their expertise are offered during course cycles.

Peter van Alphen

Peter van Alphen co-founded the Centre for Creative Education in 1993, after being a Waldorf teacher for 16 years. He was director of the Centre of the first 7 years of its existence. Peter runs a Waldorf teacher-training programme in Kenya for teachers from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

Peter spearheaded the development of Waldorf Education in black communities in the Western Cape. For five years he was Chairperson of the Federation of Waldorf Schools in Southern Africa, and was often asked to act as a consultant and mediator in its schools.Peter conducting UCT Orchestra

Peter originally trained as a church musician at the University of Pretoria, majoring in Organ, Choral Conducting and Gregorian Chant. In his late thirties he completed a four-year diploma in Eurythmy, which he uses in his training programmes as part of the personal development of the participants. In 2008 he completed a Masters in Music.

An educator of adults, Peter has many years experience in lay counselling. He started by becoming a Life-Line telephone counsellor, and attended various counselling workshops. He also received informal training from a clinical psychologist in Cape Town, and has trained adults in counselling techniques for over seven years.

Beulah Tertiens-Reeler

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.

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

2007 Quilt, Michael Oak bursary raffleQuilting that fires the imaginationOn 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.

Willem van der Velden, Academic Head

Willem van der Velden qualified with a BA in Waldorf Education in 1988, after which he taught for 5 years at primary level. He then took on the training of teachers, first in the Gambia (West-Africa) and from 1996 in Cape Town. In 1999 he graduated with an MA in Education through Oxford Brookes University, after a comparative research of the Waldorf curriculum and the then newly introduced Curriculum 2005. He was a project manager for the first seven years of the Zenzeleni School in Khayelitsha. Since 2001, he has been the Centre's Academic Head.