Ingrid is one of the longest standing members of the Edupeg family. Ingrid joined Edupeg with 30 years of Foundation Phase teaching experience and has been part of the Edupeg team for the last twelve years. Ingrid spent the first ten years at Edupeg working as a Foundation Phase trainer at numerous schools throughout the Western Cape. As the organisation developed and strengthened throughout the years Ingrid became an invaluable senior trainer, sharing her knowledge with new team members.
Ingrid travelled throughout the Western Cape training numerous teachers on the use of the Edupeg materials and supporting them with class visits. During these visits, Ingrid demonstrated her skills as a Foundation Phase expert, often enthusiastically helping teachers with the basics of reorganizing their classrooms into ability groups, and showing teachers how to work with groups, and how to establish routines for the smooth running of teaching and learning in the classroom. She gave invaluable support to many teachers about the methodology of teaching little ones to read. She also paid particular attention to the value of using concrete material and pictures to help learners understand the abstract concepts in Mathematics. The insights gained from these visits helped to shape and move the Edupeg model from its early concentration on the use of the Edupeg material, to one of assisting and supporting teachers to teach much more effectively generally.
“We would set out every week at the crack of dawn on a Monday, driving into the rising sun, to one of the country towns where we would work for the week. Often we would drive for two hours in order to be able to start work in the first school at eight thirty. Sometimes we went to towns further afield, such as George, and then we would travel on a Sunday. In the early days we were sometimes away from home for three weeks at a stretch, but generally we returned home on Thursdays in the late afternoon. We worked sometimes in larger schools, and sometimes in smaller and more isolated farm schools, returning to some of the same schools more and more regularly as time went on. We built strong relationships with many of the schools, principals and teachers, and received a warm welcome and much appreciation in a time when there was little intervention, few resources and not much help forthcoming for them.”
In 2015, Ingrid was promoted to Foundation Phase support mentor. During this time Ingrid provided quarterly support visits to all Foundation Phase Edupeg mentors. Ingrid’s style is hands on and demonstrative. Ingrid provided practical tools for teachers to use in their lessons and supported her mentees with practical suggestions for better supporting their teachers.
Ingrid is passionate about getting teaching right and is eager to enthusiastically demonstrate this to those whom she mentors. The mentors appreciated the time and dedication that Ingrid gave each of them personally and were grateful for the tips and suggestions given from Ingrid’s treasure chest of knowledge of Foundation Phase teaching.
Ingrid has been a valuable asset to Edupeg, bringing a firm but fair approach to many classrooms across the Western Cape. She has been a great support to her many teachers and mentors alike. Ingrid’s lively personality, passion for education and wealth of experience will be greatly missed. We wish her nothing but the best as she transitions into her new role at Pearson Education and we know that this is not good-bye, but farewell.