Professional Support Team (PST)
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.
Karen Weimann completed her Higher Diploma in Education at Edgewood College of Education in Durban where she did a Remedial Course during her final year. Her training was followed by teaching Grade 4 and 5 in Durban and later in Johannesburg.
It was whilst her own children were growing up that she met a friend of theirs who had severe learning difficulties. She saw how NILD Educational Therapy enabled him to matriculate with a Bachelor’s pass and continue on to complete his Degree, which encouraged her to begin her studies to become an NILD Therapist in 2011.
Karen is now a Level III trained therapist and is passionate about helping children who learn differently. She is currently a member of the NILD-SA Professional Support Team and is actively involved with the Western Cape Area Support Group.
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 26 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 has been working as a NILD therapist and an Academic support therapist for the past 6 years.
Rae serves on the NILD Professional Support Team and is secretary of the Area Support Group in the Midlands region of Kwazulu-Natal.