Lene Schnackenberg


After pursuing  my Travel Agency carrier, getting married, becoming a housewife and mother of 3 boys, moving to Germany for 6 years, growing up and gaining some life-experience I decided to become a teacher at the age of 34.  It was the best choice I had made in a long time, and I have never looked back.  Studying through UNISA, teaching music at Southcity Christian College and teaching at Burma Road Preschool on a part-time basis allowed a passion to awaken within me, which is still very much alive today!

I am very thankful that learners with special educational needs crossed my path at Burma Road Preschool. On the 1st September 2014 I was allowed to open the doors of Thuthukani Preschool with the help of the Mission Board of our Church. A happy place, for me and for the learners.  I was able to enjoy my Autism Training, including TEACCH and Makaton with Maggie Golding from Autism South Africa, I attended the Fishbowl course  with Naomi and Mambo from Children’s disABILITY Centre, which, apart from many other aspects, gave me an insight into PECS. Information available from the Down Syndrome Association made it possible for me to deal with little Yandisa in a professional and knowledgeable way.

I thoroughly enjoy the interaction with the parents and therapists involved in our school, and I really hope that the changes we are making in each life of these little children will be a memorable and positive one.

Lene Schnackenberg