Team

Team

At Abakus Enrichment we can shamelessly brag about our dream team. All the tutors at Abakus Enrichment are qualified, experienced teachers.

We boast a dynamic team with a vast collection of qualifications between us.

Lize Maree

Director and Tutor

Lize is the co-founder of Abakus Enrichment. Along with Jeanne-Mari, she founded Abakus Enrichment in 2017. Lize is a qualified science teacher with many qualifications to her name. She has a BSc in Textile and Polymer Science, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, BEd Honours in Science Education and a Master’s in Science Education (cum laude). Her focus in her thesis was on the use of multiple representation in the science classroom.

When Lize is not busy at Abakus she is a part-time lecturer at Stellenbosch University in the Education Department. Her approach to teaching is inspired by the words of Carl Sagan: “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. It is a way of sceptically interrogating the universe”.

Jeanne-Mari Frenzel

Director and Tutor

Jeanne-Mari, along with Lize, is the co-founder of Abakus Enrichment which they started in 2017. She is a qualified maths teacher. She has a BEd in maths and biology. She also has an honours in both maths and biology teaching; and a Masters in maths education.

Jeanne-Mari has formal teaching experience in maths and biology as well as having been a SU natural science lecturer for two years. She has a passion for helping others succeed.

Jeanne-Mari holds a strong belief that everyone walks an individual maths journey that requires confidence; therefore, she holds personal development at an equal importance as academic achievement.

Lexi Coetzer

Manager and Tutor

Lexi completed her BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, in which she majored in Plant Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Genetics. She began tutoring full time in 2016 and has a passion for teaching Maths, Science and Biology.

She fell in love with teaching and the confidence that builds within each child. Her philosophy is that as long as you’re learning, you’re not failing.

When she’s not tutoring, she spends her time horse riding and hiking with her dogs.

Chrissie Botha

Manager and Tutor

Chrissie is a qualified teacher with Math and Science as her focus subjects. Since a young age Chrissie has been captivated by nature and the world around her. She loves every aspect of Science, and found her calling in the combination of science and teaching. Chrissie often compares her learners to flowers, recognising that each learner needs different nutrients and support as they progress through life, in order for them to flourish. She lives for the moments when a learner’s face lights up, because in that moment she knows they have gained a piece of knowledge that is directing them one step closer to success.

When she is not teaching, she loves spending time in nature, singing, doing art, cooking, baking and cuddling up to her Schnauzer. Chrissie values inter-personal relationships and places a high priority on nurturing these relationships with her friends, family and learners.

Tamsyn van Wyk

Tutor

Her name is Tamsyn van Wyk but everyone calls her Tammy. She is 33 years old and grew up in Cape Town. She has a great passion for science and obtained a BSc. Chemical Biology degree from Stellenbosch University after school and worked in Chemical and Microbiological labs for 8 years. She then left for China to go teach, where she found her passion for teaching others and this inspired her to complete her PGCE.

She always knew that she wanted to teach Physical Sciences and is currently completing her PGCE in Physical Sciences in FET phase. She has a great desire to make science appealing for the youth and feels that her approach to difficult topics help learners see that there are ways to overcome things that was once seen as great obstacles.

Marna Bredenhand

Tutor

Marna has a BEd in SNR and FET Phase with Mathematics and Engineering Graphic Design as her majors. She has experience teaching at different schools in the Boland and Overberg districts. Marna desires to help learners understand the subject matter beyond the scope of the class and the syllabus. She has tutored learners from as early as 2017 and believes that teachers, too, are lifelong learners.

She is a passionate tutor and believes all learners have the capacity to learn mathematics and understand it. Learners aren’t always aware of what they are capable of.

When Marna is not tutoring, she enjoys going on walks and hikes.

Talitha Reynders

Tutor

Talitha is an experienced and hardworking teacher with a BEd degree who loves helping learners achieve academic goals. She lives by saying she is a “life-long learner” and she is a passionate educator looking forward to making a difference in children’s lives.

Talitha is adaptable and flexible to meet classroom and institutional needs. She is organised, dependable and skilled at managing multiple priorities with a positive attitude. Talitha is always willing to take on added responsibilities to meet team goals.

Carmen-Li Bindeman

Tutor

Carmen-Li is an experienced and loving teacher who studied BEd Snr. and FET phase with her focus subjects being Mathematics and Accounting. She is a person who is passionate about shaping the minds of the youth and helping them achieve their full potential.

She has a passion for teaching Math and loves to help learners not to be afraid of the subject. Carmen-Li also appreciates and enjoys nature and sharing this love with learners is very important to her.

When Carmen-Li is not tutoring, she enjoys baking, swimming and spending time outdoors.

Meandri van Rheede van Oudtshoorn

Tutor

Meandri completed her BSc Honours in Agrometeorology after doing a BSc Physics degree majoring in Agrometeorology. She loves science and believes that it is the glasses that enable us to see and appreciate the wonders of the world.

Meandri has many years’ experience in private tutoring of Mathematics and Sciences. More recently she also tutored first and second year students in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering subjects in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of the Free State, where she also assisted in lecturing the same.

Her love for science and mathematics was always a part of her, but it was only later on that she realised she had a passion for teaching. She fell in love with tutoring when she realised the difference it can make in a child when you believe in them. You are not simply someone’s tutor, it is so much more than that!

When she is not tutoring, she enjoys spending time outdoors, writing poems and playing the ukulele.