Our Team

Principal Liz

Mrs Liz Crewe has been a qualified teacher for more years than she would care to disclose. Having played a role in helping to start one of the large private Christian Schools in Midrand in the 90’s she moved on to open a crèche of her own. The crèche has always had children attend from the family. This is as true today as it was when she started the school.

Now her two youngest grandchildren attend Secret Garden. The newest arrival to the family is in Teacher Petty’s care.

 Liz is forever working towards excellence in the area of developing young minds. She loves to be with little children and is determined to deliver child care and education to the highest possible level.  Being a mom of adult children and now teenagers, Liz knows what it is to raise children.

To give a quality service to the community is her vision. She has a heart for young parents and strives to give them the support that they so often need. It is particularly so for those who don’t have the luxury of a support system in terms of having family members close by.

Liz and her husband Phil work tirelessly to maintain the standards of Secret Garden and to develop the school. Their wish is to provide “the type of place that you’d want your child to go to. A place full of fun and love and where getting ready for the world beyond preschool is a reality”.

Teacher Lynne

Mrs Lynne Forbes has been with the Secret Garden family for many years and teaches Grade R.

Lynne excels in having children ready for Grade 1, when our Grade R children leave for “Big School”. The children are school ready without a doubt and have an excellent reputation of being so, with the different schools in the area.

She is highly qualified and experienced, having worked as far afield as the Middle East. Lynne has been a teacher for 10 years. Most of that time has been with Secret Garden.

Lynne is trained in the curriculum of the USA, the UK as well as South Africa.

Lynne has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is busy finishing her NQF level 5, in March next year. She has completed numerous courses related to the profession including:  “Jolly Phonics,” Classroom Management, Behaviour Management, Maths and Science, Music, Classroom Décor, EASL (English as a Foreign Language), Basic Special Needs, Gross Motor Skills and Swimming Instructor with Swim SA.

Lynne deals with Curriculum development with the staff as well as being an energetic and popular teacher with children and her colleagues.

Teacher Becky

Mrs Rebecca Crewe- Brakte´ is a Senior Teacher and has a number of years’ experience with our Secret Garden Family.  Teacher Becky is now training for her ECD level 5, having gained her ECD level 4 previously.

Becky is a Practitioner with, “Baby Gym” making her invaluable in dealing with the younger children in our care when necessary.

Becky is a devoted mother of a two year old daughter who attends Secret Garden.

Becky is a talented artist and this is reflected in her classroom as well as the creative work that is done with her class of Grade 00 children. Becky is responsible for the Face Book posting for Secret Garden and is an accomplished photographer.

Becky is also an accomplished guitarist and flutist. She is always happy to bring her talents to school to share with her class.

Becky is an energetic and popular teacher and Staff Member.

Teacher Petty

Petronella Mhlafu is our invaluable teacher, heading up the baby department. Petronella has over 15 years’ experience in caring for children aged 3 months to 2 years. Petty is a calm and patient lady who totally loves young children. 

Petty is qualified in Early Childhood Development, a Practitioner with “Baby Gym” holding the Certificate.

Above all, Petty runs the tranquil baby room with a passion for little children. Petty’s care of babies is of the highest level. She works with her assistants, Maria and Precious, and together they offer the highest standard of care.

Mothers can rest assured that their baby is in the best hands when they are in the care of this dedicated lady.

Teacher Zandy

Zandy is an energetic young lady who has over 8 years’ experience of teaching little children.  Teacher Zandy is teacher for the children turning 3 years old, or the Grade 0000 class.

Zandy is a fun-loving lady and a devoted mother of her little boy who attends Secret Garden. Her class is happy and lots of fun for the children in her care. Zandy is a calm and patient lady who loves children.

Zandy is an energetic young lady who has over 8 years’ experience of teaching little children.  Teacher Zandy is teacher for the children turning 3 years old, or the Grade 0000 class.

Zandy is a fun-loving lady and a devoted mother of her little boy who attends Secret Garden. Her class is happy and lots of fun for the children in her care. Zandy is a calm and patient lady who loves children.

Zandy is a qualified ECD teacher, holding her level 4 and the Baby Gym certificate. Zandy is a passionate and dedicated teacher who is loved by all the children in her care.

Teacher Lisa

Mrs Lisa Buck is our toddlers’ teacher. Lisa cares for the children who have moved from Teacher Petty’s class at about 16 to 18 months as well as the children who are already 2 years old.

Lisa is a patient and calm lady with endless kindness for everyone. As the teacher of the 2 year olds, she is expert in dealing with the challenges that two year olds can so often present!

Lisa currently has her two year old son at Secret Garden. He gives Lisa lots of practice in dealing with her two year old, both at home as well as school.

Lisa loves her little ones and runs a fun and happy group. Lisa has 5 assistants to help with what is famously such a ‘’busy” class.

Lisa is qualified with her diploma in Early Childhood development, baby massage certificates and various other qualifications in child care.

Teacher Nicole

Nicole has qualified in the foundation phase of Early childhood development at the University of Pretoria. She is additionally qualified in Psychology and child psychology, and is involved in the “Golden Key Society,” awarded by the university.

Nicole has many years’ experience in dealing with children. She has tutored all ages and been part of schools Educational Play programs as well as Grade R assessment.


Nicole is passionate about children and strives to create a loving and fun environment for children to develop in all areas. “Child at heart, which makes connecting with any child easy!”

Teacher Lauren

Lauren Wilson comes with a wealth of experience in dealing with and teaching children.

She is a mom of two little boys and so knows first-hand all about children. Lauren has home schooled her children before joining the Secret Garden team. Her experience has included caring for children as young as four months up to four years of age. She is one of our grade 000 teachers.

Lauren brings with her a passion in her heart. She quotes; Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “let the children come to me. Do not stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.

Lauren loves children as Jesus does. Her wish is to help them to grow in the potential that God has for each of them and placed in their hearts.

Teacher Amy

Teacher Amy brings her fun and energy every day to Secret Garden! This is a great attribute when dealing with young children. She is kind and very patient and has a positive attitude in dealing with all situations.

Amy has studied with Montessori and was no less that top of her class.

She has been hands on regarding child care within her own family, helping to care for her younger siblings.

This is a young teacher with a passion for working with children helping to grow and learn.

Amy’s mission is to have a positive impact in the lives of the little ones in her care.


Paulina is head of housekeeping. She is also at hand to help with the children.

She has a passion for the school and sees it very much as her “baby”. Paulina is excellent at her job.

She cooks the most delicious meals and is proud of the high standard of cleanliness and hygiene at the school

Our Support Staff

Our Maintenance Team

Thomas, France and Zwello