Toni Puttick


I have been associated with NEPP for many years. I have two daughters who came to NEPP between 1986 and 1990. I was on the Parent Committee and was the locum to the Principal for a couple of years. I left NEPP to run Little Grange Pre School for a couple of years, then taught at Settlers Park for the next two years until New England finally had a teaching vacancy when they opened up a fifth group. I started working here in 1997, and became Principal in 1999. I am blessed and privileged to have been able to spend the last 19 years getting to know the many children (including my two grandsons) and families that have passed through the doors of this very special little school.

Avril White

Croco Class Teacher

I have had the privilege of being a part of the New England Pre-Primary School family since 2006. The first 6 years as school secretary and the last 4 teaching Grade R. Both of my children spent 4 happy years here learning, playing and growing into independent and capable little people. I am passionate about teaching Grade R and am always excited to witness each child’s growth and development as they become more confident and begin to realise what they are capable of achieving.

Stacy Puttick

Hippo Class Teacher

I completed my Honours degree in Psychology through UKZN and my Post graduate degree in Education through UNISA. I am currently in my second year of study on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) through the University of Pretoria. I have had nine and a half years of teaching experience at a Special Needs School and am currently teaching an LSEN class at NEPP. I have always had very fond memories of New England Pre-Primary School, having attended this school between 1988 and 1990. New England has been a prominent feature in my life as my mother has been working here for many years. Our connection with this special school continued to grow as my eldest nephew has been through the classes, and his brother is currently at the school. Having found my passion in life for teaching children with special needs, I jumped at the opportunity to work at NEPP when they opened up a small LSEN class. I have come full circle, and it feels as though I have come home! (2016)

Eileen Hall

Retired after 26 dedicated years of service

I have been associated with New England Pre-Primary (NEPP) since about 1977 when I did a practical teaching here whilst studying at the Natal Teachers’ Training College. Both my children attended NEPP and I have taught here since 1994 (22 years). I taught Grade 2 at Scottsville Primary School for four years before having my children. I have run 10 Comrades Marathons and am now convenor of the Green Number (athletes who have completed 10 or more Comrades) portfolio. I am very involved in the organisation and administration of Road Running and Circuit Racing. I have spent many happy hours at NEPP doing what I love most, interacting with the children and sharing my “Magic Books”.

Cassandra Wright

Parrot Class Teacher

I am really excited and privileged to be part of the New England Pre-Primary family.  It has always been my dream since a little girl to become a teacher.  I have gained many years’ experience in childcare/ teaching whilst teaching at Little People and then Au pairing for an amazing family in America for two years, and completing my teaching practices at New England Pre-Primary.  I will be completing my BED in Foundation Phase teaching through Unisa at the end of the year.  I enjoy spending time with family or relaxing with a good book or movie.  I am also very passionate about animals.

Shannon Holtzhausen

Giraffe Class Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of the New England Pre-Primary team as the new Giraffe teacher. I have had the privilege of working at a Remedial and Special needs school for the past 4 years while I completed my Bachelors degree in Foundation Phase teaching through UNISA. This has taught me a greater understanding of children who face challenges in life. This has encouraged my interest in Child Psychology. I look forward to furthering my studies in this area. My love for working with children started at a young age and I went abroad to Au pair for an amazing family in Boston, Massachusetts. I spend most of my free time with my family and friends. I look forward to the many memories and adventures at NEPP.

Lisa Pitout

Rhino Class Teacher

I was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg. I matriculated at Heritage Academy in 2006. I then shortly began to work in the corporate world , I worked in the corporate world for eleven years but at the same time I always had a passion and a heart for children and to become a teacher, which I believe is my calling.  I then decided to follow my passion, so I began studying towards a  Bachelor of Education Degree for Foundation Phase through UNISA in 2018 and graduated at the end of 2021. During this time I worked at Settlers’ Park Pre-primary for three years as an intern where knowledge and experience was instilled, of which I am so excited to share with New England Pre- Primary.  One of my passions apart from teaching would definitely be cooking , baking and spending quality time with my family.

Bronwyn Hodge


My journey at NEPP started as a mom in 2012 when my daughter, Amber started in the Hippo class.  After three very happy years, I was very sad that Amber and I would be leaving the happy family environment at the end of 2014.  However, after a two year gap, my son, Austin brought us back in 2016 and we’ve enjoyed every moment.  So I was thrilled when the bursar position became available in 2017 and everything fell into place for me to take up the position in June 2017.  And now i am so happy that even though my son will be leaving at the end of 2017, my family and I will continue to be a part of the NEPP family.

Laura Currin


Alexandra Jones


I am overjoyed to be a member of the New England Pre-Primary family. My son, Mason, started in the Hippo class in 2019 and spent two loving years in that class. I was on the committee and loved being apart of the school. I was so sad that Mason and I would be leaving at the end of 2020. When the post came up for the aftercare assistant, I just knew I had to apply and become part of the family once again. I am so happy to see all the children’s happy, smiling faces everyday at this wonderful school.

Tracey Redelinghuys


Sarah Duma

Retired after 33 dedicated years of service

Everyone calls me “Gogo”. I have been working at New England Pre-Primary since 1987. I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. I have enjoyed working at NEPP all these years because “everyone is nice. It makes me happy, happy, happy”!

Dephney Malinga


I have 1 child and one brand new grandchild. The children at school call me “Mama Dephney”. I started working at New England in 2011 and I have learnt so many things. It has especially taught me how to communicate nicely with the children and I would like to become a teacher too.

Vuyisile Ngcobo


The children all call me “Mama V”. I have one child of my own and I assist at aftercare. I have worked at NEPP since February 2013.

Mama Sindi


Derrick Mnguni


I have 3 children of my own. The children at school all call me “Mr Derrick”. I love working at New England and have worked here since 2011. I enjoy keeping the school gardens clean and safe so that the children can play nicely.

“Jess” Jessnitz

Maintenance Supervisor

From one extreme to another. That’s me. I retired from Marian Villa old age home where I was employed as Maintenance Manager dealing with the elderly. Now I am doing the same work at New England Pre Primary with 100 plus children between the ages of 3 and 6 supervising my work wanting to know exactly what and why I do what I do. Guess what I enjoyed working with the elderly as well as with the youngsters here at NEPP. Before working at Marian Villa, I retired from the Government with 36 years service. Been married to Lynda for 38 years and have two children, Bradley and Jacqueline who are both working in London