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Two Oceans Graduate Institute welcomes new academic staff
The Two Oceans Graduate Institute would like to welcome three new academic staff members to the TOGI family.
Alex Bryant has been teaching since 1997. She has taught English at both Home Language and First Additional Language levels, and isiXhosa as a First Additional Language. While teaching isiXhosa FAL she wrote the textbook, Xhosa for Second Language Learners. She is acknowledged for editorial assistance and reproduction of her materials in the Oxford School Dictionary (English – isiXhosa).
In 2012, after completing a B Ed Honours degree specializing in Language Teaching, at the University of the Western Cape, she returned to teaching where she became Head of Department of both English and History at Leap Science and Mathematics School. She also became a mentor to student teachers in the school’s postgraduate teacher training programme, where she assisted student teachers with academic support and practical classroom training.
Alex’s interest in teaching and materials development has been inspired by her own classroom experiences and the input of her many students who over the years challenged her in the art of FAL teaching. She has also been inspired by the innovative techniques of other teachers she has worked within the wide spectrum of different schools in which she has taught.
Andreas's journey has taken him into the academic practice fields of Psychology, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Education. He has worked with university students as a tutor and lecturer at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University in the subjects of Religious Studies and Philosophy of Education. He completed his M Ed degree with a focus on Contemplative Education which looks to use the contemplative practice to instil a secular mind of wisdom and compassion in teaching and learning; his continuing research centers around these topics. He has recently returned from China after a year of teaching English as a Foreign Language at Primary and Middle school levels.
In his spare time he practices counselling, coaching, yoga and meditation. He likes nature activities, is an amateur artist and writer, and aspires to publish his first non-academic book very soon.
For Andreas it is a privilege to walk alongside students in their continuous learning and edification and he aspires to help them develop their skills, insight, wisdom, and culture as promising teachers.
Retief Loubser completed his studies at the Boland Teachers’ College in Wellington in 1993, followed by eleven years of teaching in the Intermediate and Senior Phase. In 1998 he was part of the transition from Woodwork to Technology, obtaining the required further training to do so. He was appointed as Head of Department for the FET Phase at a remedial private school in 2005. Here he has been teaching ever since, specializing in the education of learners with special needs, such as overcoming the challenges of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and many more. One of his personal career highlights was being part of the team of authors for Huisgenoot / You Magazine’s School Projects in 2012.