All our facilitators have completed an intensive Training Workshop with
Michelle Schoon, Founder of KIDS WHO CAN COMMUNITY, who has had six years experience teaching the program. We are mothers, teachers, counsellors, psychologists and life coaches who are passionate about helping children.

MEET OUR TEAM
Ensuring quality and professional facilitation

MICHELLE SCHOON

Founder, Kids Who Can & Girls Who Can Facilitator

 

Michelle is happily married and has 3 wonderful sons aged 14, 18 and 21 She loves children and is passionate about assisting them in dealing with life’s challenges. On leaving school in 1988, she wasn’t sure if she should study art or teaching but opted for Graphic Design, ending up working in both the publishing and advertising industry for 22 years.  Although she enjoyed this creative field her  yearning to teach children became stronger after having her own children and in 2010 when her oldest son, then 10, had a few emotional challenges, her life purpose became apparent...

She founded KIDS WHO CAN in 2011 and has been facilitating KIDS WHO CAN, GIRLS WHO CAN and BOYS WHO CAN courses ever since. Michelle also facilitates all the facilitator training workshops for Kids Who Can Community.

 

Through the group work, it became apparent that some children required more individual help in the form of therapy. She completed a counselling course at Hope House Counselling Centre as well as a Play Therapy course with Rhinda Blom. She has been a volunteer play therapist at Hope House for 5 years and runs her own practice from home.

To further extend her work with children, she completed Level 1, 2 and 3 training for the Protective Behaviours programme - an internationally acclaimed preventative abuse programme - and incorporates this into all the programmes. Michelle is a senior trainer and member of the Protective Behaviours South Africa board.


She intends to further extend the KIDS WHO CAN COMMUNITY to include a TEENS WHO CAN and PARENTS WHO CAN programme in the near future.

MONIQUE VAN DER HEIJDEN

Kids Who Can Facilitator

 

 

Monique obtained a B.Sc. at Stellenbosch University followed by an Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Cape Town. She worked as a dietician in Kwazulu-Natal for 1 year and then in London for 4 years, where her interaction and experience with children grew while working in Paediatric Nutrition. She returned to Cape Town in 2012 to study a Montessori Teaching Diploma and is in her 4th year at a Montessori School in the City Bowl.

She is drawn to the child-centred, holistic approach of the Montessori Philosophy, creating opportunities for children to learn not only academic subjects, but also problem solving, conflict resolution and self-discipline.

 

Monique has been a Kids Who Can facilitator for 5 years now, and is passionate about supporting children as they learn to navigate their external and internal worlds.

 

In education children are taught geography, mathematics, literacy etc., but she feels that all children need guidance and tools to identify and manage their feelings, both comfortable and uncomfortable, as well as their interactions with others and the world around them.

TERRI HEIDMANN

Kids Who Can Facilitator

 

Terri is married and lives and works in Cape Town.  She taught in a Montessori pre-school for 11 years before deciding to go into online training a year ago and now works for a Montessori training centre.  She enjoys inspiring and guiding the future Montessori teachers of our world.  She has worked with children most of her life and worked overseas as an au pair before studying to be a pre-school teacher.  She has a great passion for children.

 

Terri completed the Kids Who Can training in 2016 and has been facilitating groups since.

 

She has a special interest in the emotional and social development of children. "Kids Who Can is a wonderful, supportive space for children to talk about their feelings as well as learn new skills and techniques for managing their stress."

SIMCHA VAN BEL

Kids Who Can Facilitator

Following completion of her undergraduate Degree in Psychology and her Msc (Forensic Psych) in the UK, Simcha Van Bel-Du Plooy moved to South Africa, She has lived in Cape Town for 12 years with her husband and is mom to one resilient little girl. She has been working with children and families from a variety of backgrounds with developmental delays, emotional-social challenges, and learning problems within school, home and therapeutic settings.

 

She is currently registered with the HPCSA as a Counsellor and Psychometrist and is in private practice in Claremont and the surrounding areas. She is also accredited through FAMAC (Family Mediators of the Cape) as a Mediator and has completed a Diploma in Transformational Coaching through the BWRT (Brain Working recursive Therapy) institute in the UK. 

Simcha completed her Kids Who Can training and is currently facilitating groups in the Southern Suburbs.

HAYLEY-ANN ELLIOTT

Kids Who Can Facilitator

Hayley completed her BA (Psychology) with an Honours degree in Brand Management.  It didn't take her long to realize that the corporate world wasn't for her and her heartbeat was to work with children.  Hayley has run a successful tuition agency for the last 9 years which has given her insight into the stresses our children are facing today.  Seeing first hand how we need to focus on children's emotional health before academic pressure, has inspired her to facilitate for

Kids Who Can.

Hayley is a proud Mom to her daughter, Chloe.  In order to enhance their parenting skills to best suit Chloe's personality, Hayley and her husband have completed an attachment course through a Play Therapist with has equipped them with knowledge of child-appropriate development and teaching young children to identify and work through their emotions.

Hayley loves creating a safe space for children to identify and work with their emotions.

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ZOË DOUGLAS

Kids Who Can Facilitator

Zoë lives in Somerset West and has 2 beautiful daughters aged 15 and 13 years.  

After completing her Honours in Psychology in 2000 she went on to do her PGCE in Guidance and English to qualify as a High School teacher.  She is a Registered Trauma Counsellor with the HPCSA as well as a Level 2 TRE Provider. In 2018 Zoë completed her Level 1 training as an ISHTA Yoga Instructor.

Zoë has 10 years’ experience teaching in a high school environment and 7 years’ experience as a School Counsellor. She completed her Beginner and Advanced Play Therapy training through Dr Hannie Schoeman and in 2012 opened her own practice based in Somerset West.

Working mainly with children and parents, Zoë is in private practice and affiliated with schools in the area. She has been running Social Emotional Development Groups in certain schools for the past 7 years as well as seeing children for individual therapy and intervention.

She completed her KWC training in March 2019 and is very excited to have such an amazing programme to work and guide from.

Zoë is passionate about facilitating children in how to identify and manage their feelings in a healthy way. The group dynamic allows a safe place to explore new behaviours and orientations and teachings which, in turn, can be taken outside of the group into the classroom, home or play-ground with confidence. If children are able to learn and practise these skills at an early age they are much more likely to reach their full potential in all areas of their worlds.

ANDREA POWELL

Girls Who Can & Kids Who Can Facilitator

After completing her BSocSci at UCT in 1989 and then traveling and working around the world, Andrea spent more than 20 years in journalism, during which time she studied counselling psychology and communication at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP).

 

Andrea is a qualified counsellor and play therapist who has a private practice in Green Point, Cape Town, and is also the school counsellor at Prestwich Primary in the same neighbourhood.

 

Andrea is both a Girls Who Can and Kids Who Can facilitator and feels she has a gift to share with the world, helping young people flourish, given the modern day stresses they often struggle to cope with.

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TANIA HODSDON-HOARE

Kids Who Can, Girls Who Can and Boys Who Can Facilitator - Online and Nelspruit In-person

Tania is married with two girls aged 9 and 12 years and resides in Nelspruit. She has been teaching for 22 years and worked abroad in London and Toronto. Tania was an owner/principal of a Montessori School for 12 years and she is currently the Centre Head and Lecturer for Montessori Centre South Africa in Nelspruit. Tania has also run Louise Hay workshops for children.

After going through a challenging time with her own daughter, she searched for courses to empower children and came across Kids Who Can Community. She realised that there is a big need for children to learn skills from a young age in

order to handle the pressures of today's world. 

Tania facilitates courses and workshops for all the age groups in Kids Who Can Community and more recently she has been running most of our online groups.

ALEXANDRA ROBERTSON

Girls Who Can Facilitator

Alexandra grew up in UK and completed her education in Oxford and her early working years in London. She moved to South Africa in her twenties to be closer to her family. She then thought about what she wanted to do as a career, and realised that she was passionate about working with people, especially children.  She studied part time through The South African College of Applied Psychology to qualify as a School Counsellor.

 

Since qualifying and working at St Anne's Primary School she began to see just how valuable group work is for children and how her pre-adolescent years could have been improved with support from a professional and a group of girls experiencing similar difficulties.   

 

Alex completed the Girls Who Can Training and has been facilitating groups ever since.  She finds working as a

Girls Who Can Facilitator incredibly rewarding and a privilege to be a involved in the lives of such amazing young ladies.

KIM WILLE

Girls Who Can Facilitator

Kim has two young adult daughters, aged 24 and 22, and a fourteen-year-old son. Kim has a background in trauma counselling and debriefing. After studying counselling at SACAP, Kim worked as a volunteer trauma counsellor at the CIC (Community Intervention Centre) for five years. Kim decided during a sabbatical to study play therapy, which she enjoyed so much that, she jumped right in and started doing voluntary play therapy, as a member of the Play Therapy Team at a local school in her community. Kim has been doing this work for six years, and is still very involved in this project.

 

Having raised two daughters and journeyed with them through the challenges of adolescence and pre-adolescence, Kim is very aware of the need for positive, empowering and affirming input during these years. She loves working with children and is passionate about empowering young girls and equipping them with the skills they’ll need for the transition into adolescence.

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JARRYD SMITH

Boys Who Can Facilitator

Jarryd has been working in the youth sector for over a decade. He is also a motivational speaker and life coach.

 

After completing a course specialising in children and adolescents with challenges and behavioural difficulties through UNISA in 2010, he founded 2nd Chance (www.2nd-chance.co.za), an NPO offering amongst other programmes, a Basic Life Choices Programme and an Equine Facilitated Mentoring Programme. Jarryd has worked in over 85 schools around the country over the past nine years.

 

Jarryd has also written two books:  “180 Degrees. Had to die. To live”  and  “2 Billion Seconds”. 

 

His passion is to inspire and equip young children and adolescents with the best suitable tools for them to make good choices and grow through challenging circumstances they may be facing or will possibly face.
 

Jarryd is happily married with two beautiful little girls. 

MATT SWINDALE

Boys Who Can Facilitator

Matt Swindale is 26 years years old. He is busy completing his BEd degree in intermediate and senior phase and has worked as an assistant teacher at Kommetjie Primary School for the past 7 years in the Intermediate phase (Grade 4 to 7). He is currently the head teacher for the Grade 7 class. Matt is also a sports coach at the school, coaching cricket and football to children of all ages.

 

Matt worked abroad 3 years ago, teaching English to children at a school in Costa Rica.

 

Matt has been a Boys Who Can facilitator for five years now, having attended the facilitator training course and has run courses and workshops both in schools and as an extra-mural. He has also mentored our Boys Who Can facilitators who are running our community groups. 

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