Teaching Staff

Child-led, inquiry-based and Reggio-inspired

“With their innate abilities, capabilities, creativity, curiosity, and multiple intelligences, we believe every child has the right to be an active participant in their own learning and development.  We see our role as educator-facilitators as modelers of what it means to be life-long learners; as we dialogue, listen, observe, provoke learning, research, respect thinking, welcome questions, and work with each students’ unique cultural experiences, ideas, and views.  To ensure an inter-cultural context of exploration, teaching and learning, we plan, teach, document, review, reflect and re-plan collaboratively as a staff team” (Embrace’s Co-Principal, Rachel Bowyer – pictured right).


Principal, Teacher, Music and Math Specialist

After qualifying as a teacher in the UK in 1996, Rachel Bowyer taught Grades 00-5, and coordinated Special Education Needs for 11 years. Since 2009 she has worked with Senior Managers at Quintile 1-3 schools, and trained / mentored Grade R-4 educators to teach English and isiZulu. Rachel has a Masters with Distinction in Education, a Postgraduate Certificate to teach Specific Learning Difficulties, and a BEd Hons in Music and Mathematics.


Teacher, Intermediate Phase

Philip Bowyer is responsible for the teaching and learning of English, Life Skills, and the Sciences, in our Intermediate Phase. He is an Accredited Christian Minister, with an Hons Degree in Theology, a Diploma in Youth Ministry and a Child’s Play Therapy Practitioner. Philip is currently studying towards a Masters in Leadership in Education at Liverpool John Moores University, having already been awarded a Postgraduate University Certificate in Education, from London’s South Bank University. With an Hons Degree in Design and Art Foundation Certificate, he is passionate about facilitating a learning environment that encourages expression, diversity and innovation.

“‘creative collaboration’ utilizes the the power of diversity and creativity to develop innovative solutions….A creative mindset helps us imagine new possibilities, and make unexpected connections between. While diversity – a thought, discipline, and background – increases the nature and number of ideas. It is this combination that pushes you beyond the obvious and safe ideas, to the truly innovative”

Mike Peng, Managing Director of IDEO, one of the world’s leading design and consulting firm (2018).