Celebrating NT women in education: Gaynor Klaase


Meet Gaynor Klaase, a Year 2/3 teacher from Alyangula School.

Gaynor arrived to Australia from South Africa five years ago with two young children and a desire to be an educator. Whilst raising two young boys on her own, Gaynor completed her teaching degree whilst working full time in Outside School Hours Care.

With a focus on ensuring that her classroom is a comfortable and safe place, Gaynor strives to teach strength and resilience in her every day practice.

“As an educator, I want to make a positive impact on the life of every child I teach,” Gaynor said.

“I tell my students every day – there’s a reason for your past. Wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve been through, it is all part of the journey. It will all be worth it in the end.”

Gaynor puts her inspiration for teaching and life down to her family; her two boys aged 14 and 10.

“If it weren’t for my boys, I wouldn’t have done all I’ve done – they are my inspiration,” she said.

Gaynor says that moving to Groote was the best decision of her life and whilst she misses the culture of South Africa, “Groote is home now”.


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