English and Guidance
Deputy Principal for counseling
Caryn Smith has served in the field of education for the last 15 years, and is currently the Assistant Principal for Counseling, teaching Language Arts, Psychology and Healthful Living at NAIS. Caryn completed her four year undergraduate degree in education at the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), graduating cum laude. She furthered her studies through a post-graduate Honors Degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Driven by her interest in the field of psychology, Caryn completed her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology at UJ, graduating cum laude. Her Masters’ thesis explored the emotional intelligence of preschoolers, with the proactive research interest of developing an understanding of emotional development and competence as a tool for addressing and managing school violence in South Africa. After completing her Masters Degree, Caryn completed a one-year internship at the Institute for Child and Adult Guidance at UJ, during which she completed educational and career assessments, did therapy with children, engaged in parent guidance, provided learning support and served as a family therapist. She was also involved in the development and presentation of a number of workshops. It is a future aspiration for Caryn to further her education, expertise and skills in the fields of education and psychology by pursuing her Doctoral Degree.
Mathematics and Physical Science
Hein Olivier has been a part of the NAIS teaching team for the last four years, where he has taught various Mathematics, Science and Economics courses. He has taught in both private and public schools in South Africa and gained invaluable experience in the South African, IEB, British and American Curriculum. Raised in family of teachers, he developed a love for teaching early and is passionate about teaching Mathematics especially.
English and Social Studies
Science and Mathematics
Lizette Combrink (B.Tech:Vocal art; Perf.Cert: Pop and Rock) is a highly skilled opera singer, who is passionate about music and incorporates it into all areas of her life. She specializes in vocal coaching and has been teaching Class Music at the North American International School (Pretoria) since August 2011. She is also the founder of Silverback Music Academy, based in Rietondale.
An experienced and enthusiastic teacher, Lizette has taught at Pecanwood College and Doxa Deo School. After hours, she takes great pleasure in training young voices, previously being affiliated with The Performance Academy in Centurion, but currently teaching the Trinity College of London syllabus to students at Arts@Sussex Music Academy in Lynnwood.
Apart from the coaching other singers, Lizette takes great pride in her own performances, having performed at venues such as the Sun City Superbowl, Emperor’s Palace, Monte Casino, Summer Place in Sandton and Opera Paradiso.
She has starred in various Opera Africa, TUT and Salon Music productions, such as Verdi’s La Traviata, Bellini’s I Cappelletti ed I montecchi, Der Zigeunerbaron by Johann Strauss, Händel’s Hallelujah Chorus and then Franz Léhar’s Die lustige Witwe and Der Graf von Luxemburg, to name but a few.
Music being Lizette’s first love, she firmly agrees with Plato when he says: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Trudie van Wyk
Spanish and Engineering
Middle school math and high school Pre-calculus