M y wife, Jackie and I, have two daughters named Isabella and Julia and we share our lives with the 82 young men who make up Merriman House. I completed my studies at the University of Port Elizabeth as it was then called in 2001 and chose teaching as my career quite naturally. I completed my Honours in Education at Rhodes University in 2013.
My early teaching career was spent in Port Elizabeth where I taught for five years before teaching in the United Kingdom for two years. My first teaching post was at Victoria Park Grey Primary School where I was a Grade 7 class teacher and from there I spent four exciting and challenging years at a very new St George’s College where I headed up the English Department. While in the United Kingdom I taught at The Warwick School in Surrey and at Sheringdale Primary School in Southfields, London. After a short stint in the tourism industry I took up a post as an English teacher at St Andrew’s College at the beginning of 2010.
I am a home-grown product of the Eastern Cape, having been schooled at Muir College in Uitenhage. I love the unpretentious nature of this part of the world and the warmth and generosity of spirit one experiences here. My family and I feel very connected here and we spend much of our free time enjoying the natural beauty of the Eastern and South Western Cape.
I enjoy running, hiking, travelling and reading. My passion is travel and I love exploring new places and experiencing different ways of life. I am a firm believer in education beyond the classroom and that boys should be extended so that they can cope with the demands of a world that will challenge them in many ways. Outside of the classroom I coach Debating, Coordinate the Grade 8 Outdoor Education Programme and coach rugby.
My hope is that the men of Merriman House will grow up to be kind, caring and compassionate individuals who have found a true passion in life and who continually strive to be good men.