The Team


Meryl Bailey

(Co-Founder and Director of Operations/Principal)

Meryl has been involved in education in various capacities for over 16 years. Meryl completed an Honours degree (Fine Art) from the University of Witwatersrand in 2006.

She taught at high school (2007) before relocating to China with her husband where she taught English to adults for a year. From 2008, Meryl worked in Special Needs, managing a primary school for an NGO in Beijing until 2013.

Following the birth of their second child, Meryl and her husband of 10 years returned to South Africa to pioneer the first trilingual preschool in our country.

Meryl has taught and lead the team at LinguaMites since July 2013, and is now the mother of four trilingual children as a result.

Meryl Bailey
Erica Julius Marks

Erica Julius Marks

(Lead Facilitator: English)

Erica has a National Diploma in Graphic Design (Vaal University of Technology) and spent 13 years in the corporate world in a Sales, Marketing and Training role. She started studying for her Bachelor of Education in 2017, and in January 2018 started teaching formally at LinguaMites preschool full time.

She is a mom to 2 daughters (ages 6 and 9yrs) and teaches Art part time to primary school students on the weekend. With her artistic eye, attention to detail and incredible work ethic, Erica has added tremendous value to the team since her arrival and bonded straight away with all the kids with her beautiful classroom and exciting themes.

Nokuthula Ngozo

(Lead Facilitator: Zulu)

Nokuthula Ngozo matriculated in 2009 before going on to study Public Relations at Damelin for 3 years (2010-2012). She is currently completing her NQF L7 through Unisa (2017) and has been teaching in a formal preschool environment since November 2015.

She has also obtained a Pediatric First Aid Certificate (2016) and ZuluMites Professional Development certificate (2017). She has a son (6yo) and has grown in leaps and bounds since joining the team. She organizes the aftercare, knows every child extremely well, and with her infectious laugh is lots of fun to be around.

Nokuthula Ngozo
Joanne Yang

Joanne Yang

(Lead Facilitator: Chinese)

Yang Laoshi (Teacher Yang) is a resident who has lived in South Africa with her family for over 20 years. Originally from Taiwan, Joanne has taught a range of students over the years and has perfected her own methods of teaching foreigners (Mandarin) Chinese.

She returns to Taiwan annually to continue her professional development as a certified Mandarin Teacher.

She has been part of the LinguaMites team since the very first day, and pours her heart and soul into every one of her lessons as she is passionate about her language and culture.

Ian  Professor Mabuza


Ian has been a driver for the last 15 years and is meticulous in all he does. He has a Professional Drivers Permit (PDP) and a valid drivers’ license.

Ian is also exceptional with children, and has 5 of his own. He joined the team full time in January 2018 and shuttles children (within a 10km radius) to and from school in the mornings and afternoons. He is a firm favourite with many of our children and shuttling with Malume Ian is one of the highlights in their day!

Ian professor Mabuza
Malume Kepo

Malume Kepo

Security & Maintenance

Kepo has been part of the LinguaMites family since the very first day, and has been tasked with keeping our grounds spotless and all of us safe. He is also the nicest man you will ever meet, who always has a smile on his face and is willing to help in every possible way.

He is often enlisted to teach the children gardening skills and navigates the drop off and collection traffic in the car park. Originally from Malawi, Kepo has a wife and two children back home.