My name is Lisa Yemma and I have been teaching secondary science for 13 years. I have a degree in Geology and went back to school when I was 30 because I want to help make the world a better place by contributing positively to our future, through teaching.
Currently I am back in the US teaching in Denver, Colorado. I met Nicolaas Mostert in 2009 when I moved to Bolivia to teach high school science. At that point Nicolaas was the Assistant Principal, but very early on in the school year he was moved up to Principal for both the Middle and High School. Immediately Nicolaas and I clicked because of our passion for the human side of teaching.
Nicolaas is a people person, he cares about the humans involved in the system of education. He cares about the students, but also the staff. This is rare in an administrator, especially and international administrator. Nicolaas is dedicated, and has the strongest work ethic of any of the 7 Principals I’ve had in my career. I’ve taught in 4 different countries and I’ve seen many types of administration and I would work for Nicolaas again, without a doubt.
Nicolaas supports teaching the whole child. He understands the needs of students and staff as people and leads with empathy and compassion. He has very high expectations of his faculty and his students, as well as himself. It is easy to be motivated when Nicolaas is around because he is an inspiration. His leadership style is filled with support instead of power. He is ok letting his staff and students shine. He is a great family man, which I find is a vital quality in a leader. He understands that family is the most important thing to a person and he places a tremendous amount of trust in his staff. I felt 100% supported working with Nicolaas as my leader.
My career is very important to me and I have been known to get bogged down with pressure of doing my best.
Working under Nicolaas was the best I felt as a teacher because his feedback about my teaching craft was always positive and productive. He has an amazing way of giving critical feedback so that instead of feeling overwhelmed, you feel empowered to try something new and think outside the box. Nicolaas is an amazing leader.
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