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 About us
 
                                
 
Tom and Madeleine Muller is a couple in their late-thirties who worked in the UK for 9 years before returning to South Africa in 2006. They have a 2 daughters under the age of 7 - Coral and Rowyn. They are both passionate about Waldorf education and wish to create the possibility for both their children to go to a Waldorf Nursery School.
 
Barbara Muller is Tom's mother who retired to the Eastern Cape in 2006. As an experienced Waldorf teacher she is enthusiastic about creating Waldorf education for her children and others.
 
more detailed CV's below.
 
Thomas Muller
  
Role in nursery school: Tom has been the lead teacher at Acacia Tree Nursery School in 2014 and will hand over next year to Veliswa Xanti.
  
 
Tom is better known in East London as Tom's circus and Games and he regularly entertains and teaches circus at fairs, festivals, shopping centres and birthday parties. He works for Reach for a Dream as a clown that entertains children in hospitals in the East London area

 Tom went to the Michael Mount Waldorf School from Kindergarten until Class 12. When he left school he worked as an apprentice on Biodynamic farms (the farms connected to the Waldorf education) both in South Africa and the UK.  

 In 1996 he joined Buccaneers Backpackers in Chintsa to help run tours into the Transkei and this is where he met Madeleine. In 1997 Tom and Madeleine traveled to the UK and Tom did a 5 year training in Bothmer Gymnastics.

About Bothmer Gymnastics: Graf von Bothmer lived in the early part of the 20th century and inspired by Rudolf Steiner created exercises that is particularly relevant to the movement development of the child. Based on his work a training has been created which teaches the movement curriculum for Waldorf schools. It studies healthy movement development and look at what is appropriate in a Movement curriculum for children at different ages.

 In 1999 Tom also joined the Waldorf Class teacher training at Elmfield School in Strourbridge, which he completed in 2001. After he left he became the Games Teacher at Wynstones Waldorf School where he was head of Games and Gymnastics until his return to South Africa. He knows a wide range of traditional games and had an active circus club that performed at the yearly Spring festival.

 Whilst working at Wynstones he decided to do a part time specialization in Spacial Dynamics - attending courses in both Stuttgart and New York and completed his Level 2 certificate in 2006. As a Spacial Dynamics practitioner he uses movement and posture in its therapeutic aspects and since returning to South Africa has seen patients in both Johannesburg and East London.

He has just completed building his family a house out of Rammed Earth - which has kept him busy for the best part of 3 years! On Weekends he entertains at parties - using his wide range of circus skills and equipment and his knowledge of traditional games.


Veliswa Xanti

Veliswa has been with Acacia Tree Nursery School since its inception in 2009. She started out as an assistant but during her time has done her Early Childhood Education certificate (Level 4 NQF) and an in-service training in Waldorf education under the experienced mentor Barbara Muller. She has been attending the yearly National Waldorf teacher conference and has grown into a fully fledged kindergarten teacher, much beloved by the children. 

She lives in Chintsa East and is very much part of the local community. She brings lots of Xhosa songs and stories to the school and even has an afterschool Xhosa class for older children.

We are hoping that she will be taking over Acacia Tree Nursery School from Thomas Muller in 2015. 



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