Lizette du Preez

Phoenix Academy Public Charter School


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Educational Experience:

Ongoing Professional Development

Attended a NC Math Conference, October 2012

Participated in a two week training on Common Core, July 2012

Attended the NC Alliance of Charter School Conference, July 2012

Attended a two day North Carolina Reading Conference in Raleigh, NC in March, 2012

Attended numerous workshops on classroom behavior management, safety training, and ways to use technology (Qwizdom, NC Wise Owl, Study Island) in the classroom 2011-2012.

Attended the Blue Ribbon Schools conference at Disney World in December 2009 receiving training from teachers from top schools across the country.

Passed Praxis  0011, 0012 (2005)

University of Stellenbosch, Honors Degree in Education (1990)

University of Stellenbosch, Bachelors Degree in Education (1989)


Awards, Accolades, Community Service:

Currently serving as member of Administration helping with teacher training

Served as co-chair of the Curriculum Committee

Elected as Teacher of the Year 2007-2008, Phoenix Academy

Voted Teacher of the Year in 2003-2003,  and 2003-2004 , Bessemer Elementary

Voted as best student teacher by University of Stellenbosch (1989)

Work Experience:

Phoenix Academy, High Point, NC     (2004 – Present)  Currently working with teachers and curriculum in a Vice-Principal position at Phoenix Academy.

Kindergarten ( 2010 – 2012)  Co-chair of Curriculum Committee responsible for helping students participate in UNCG’s Young Writers Competition, hosting an EOG Prep Night, entering students in Poetry Contest and facilitating teacher training.

Second Grade Teacher (2006 – 2010)  Phoenix Academy’s teacher of the year (2007), Second Grade’s lead teacher (2008 – 2009), Co-chair of the curriculum committee (2009 – 2010)

Fifth to Eighth Grade Teacher (2004 – 2006) Taught fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grade Reading (2004 – 2005),  Middle School Lead teacher August 2005 – 2006

Bessemer Elementary, Greensboro, NC (2001-2004) Taught 5th grade as an exchange teacher, Moved to second grade and voted teacher of the year by my peers, for the years 2002-2003 and 2003-2004

Personal Narrative:

I was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. After my high school graduation I moved south to study at the beautiful University of Stellenbosch. I completed my Bachelors Degree in Education, and then completed an honor’s degree in Education the following year. I met my husband in South Africa, and in 2001 our family embarked on the adventure of moving to North Carolina. I taught in Guilford County for three years and was nominated as teacher of the year during my second and third year there. The following year I joined the Phoenix Academy team, where I’ve served in many capacities. I volunteered in fourth grade, taught fifth, sixth and seventh grade Reading for two years, one of those years as the middle school team leader. The next year, I moved to second grade and helped to develop our grade’s yearly map, and worked as co-chair of the curriculum committee. During this time, I was also honored to be elected as teacher of the year at  Phoenix Academy. I then moved down to kindergarten for two years, still serving as a member of the curriculum committee, but training a new committee leader. At the end of last year, I was invited to join our school’s administration team. I’m currently serving in a vice-principal position, with the focus on curriculum. I’m enjoying the challenges that this new position holds as well as the demand to grow and learn continuously!