Lindie was born and raised in Stellenbosch – the most beautiful town in South Africa! – where she later studied at the University of Stellenbosch and earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. After working in private practice in Psychology for 4 years in Kathu, a small mining town in the Northern Cape, she moved for three years to Hong Kong together with her husband, who was expatriated by his company. Prior to this move she enrolled for her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate, and, in conjunction with working at a counselling centre in Hong Kong, she consequently taught English at many different local schools. Upon returning to her native country she entered the University of South Africa earning a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in 2011. She started her teaching career at the Hoërskool Eldoraigne, Centurion as part of her teaching practicum for her certification.
Lindie has lived in Singapore since 2013. She is proud to have invented the Afrikaans board game ‘Idio’ which is about Afrikaans idiomatic expressions (www.idiogames.co.za). She has recently started providing IB Language A Afrikaans support working with students at two IB World Schools – the Australian International School and at the United World College of Southeast Asia Dover Campus. One of Lindie’s role models is ‘a wonderful super-experienced Afrikaans teacher who has taught for over 30 years in public schools in SA (my mum!)’.
Lindie is passionate about literature and loves it when a book, drama or poem comes to life for a student… especially a student who claims to dislike reading! She also enjoys living abroad tremendously – being part of a diverse community with friends from all over the world is a highly satisfying and enriching experience.
She is married to Ryno and has 3 lovely daughters, Niene, Carli and Nadia.