Directors of NILD SA

Meet our passionate team behind NILD South Africa

Leone’ Kode – National Director


Leoné Kode is passionate about assisting children who learn differently and with difficulty. She is currently the National Director of NILD-SA, and is also the chairperson of the Board of Directors and the Professional Support Team (PST). In addition to completing a Teaching Diploma at Cape Town Teachers’ College, and a Higher Diploma in Education (Learners with Special Educational Needs) with UNISA, she has also completed the Level 1 Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment course. Leone’ completed her Masters in Exceptional Educators, specialising in Educational therapy in 2022.
Leoné has been working as an NILD Educational Therapist for 23 years and is an Instructor for NILD-SA, teaching courses and workshops nationally and internationally.

Chivonne Aldous


Chivonne completed her degree in education in 2009 and went on to do her honors in Inclusive Education in 2011. “I have always had a special interest in helping children with barriers to learning and there is nothing more rewarding to see a child achieve something that they could not do before.” It was during her time as an LSEN teacher that she felt she needed some ‘extra tools’ to help those children in need. “I heard about NILD Therapy and I cannot believe how it has changed my life and the way I think. I am now a full time NILD Therapist and so blessed to be doing what I love as a career.”

Santie Botha


Santie Botha was an Occupational Therapist before she became a certified Expert NILD Educational Therapist.  She completed her Level 1 training in 2000 and has been working as an NILD Educational Therapist ever since. She has a passion for working with students who learn differently as her own son was diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum, Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD, and this sparked a passion in her work with children who have been similarly diagnosed.


Santie is currently a director of NILD SA. She is, and has been since 2008, an instructor for Level 1 and 2 training, being the current Lead instructor for level 1.

Rae Mosdell


Teaching children how to learn independently is one of Rae’s greatest passions, and she enjoys discovering and creating novel ways of teaching concepts and skills, especially when it involves fun and games. She is passionate about helping her learners to find their own passions and strengths, and in motivating them to work through their areas of challenge.  Her approach to therapy is always mindful of the maxim “leave no-one behind!”

Rae has over 30 years of experience in teaching in schools across South Africa.  She spent the first 20 years of her teaching career teaching in the Foundation and Early Childhood development phases.  It was whilst running a Mastery Unit at a school in the foothills of the Drakensberg in Kwazulu-Natal that she began exploring a calling into full time remedial therapy, and it was during this time that she embarked on acquiring her NILD Educational Therapy qualifications.  She worked as a NILD Educational therapist and an Academic support therapist for 9 years and is currently working as a foundation phase educator.


Debbie Stroberg


After graduating from the Pretoria College of Education as a Foundation Phase teacher, Debbie completed a Further Diploma in Remedial Education through the College of Education for Further Training.  She went on to teach in a class for children with special needs and it was here that she found her niche.

After several years out of teaching to raise her own family, Debbie returned to teaching and once again, found that her passion lay in working with those students who found learning to be a challenge.

She took the decision to start her NILD training in 2014 and qualified as a Level III Educational Therapist in 2019. Debbie is a qualified Search and Teach practitioner and has completed the NILD Rx for Discovery Reading, Writing and Math courses. As a newly recruited member of the Professional Support Team she heads up the Area Support Group for therapists in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands region and has taken responsibility for the management and distribution of study materials and resources used in NILD Educational Therapy.

Working privately with students who learn differently, Debbie strives to give her students the tools that they need to become competent, life-long learners.

Debbie joined the Board of Directors in 2021

Shireen Archibald 


After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree and then an Honours degree in Psychology Shireen’s passion for helping struggling children took a turn.  She trained as a NILD Educational therapist in 2008 (Level 1) and 2009 (Level 2).  Shireen has been a full time Expert NILD educational therapist since 2011. She is currently a Director, and works as a Psychometrist.  Shireen has just completed her Masters degree in Education Therapy (M.ED Educational therapy through SEU).  She is also an Instructor for NILD SA encouraging teachers to use the programme she believes changes lives.