About the Instructor
My name is Nettie de Jongh. I have been a practising Educational Psychologist since 1988 and a Kumon Instructor since 1996. I am privileged to have two career paths which complement each other perfectly… my experience as an Educational Psychologist providing me with invaluable expertise and an understanding of how to use the Kumon Maths and English Programmes as a tool to effectively empower students, interacting with them so that they become independent, confident self-learners who fulfil their potential, simultaneously developing their ability at Maths, and/or reading comprehension.
Ever since I remember, I have had a passion for developing children, for maths and for reading, enjoying the challenge to motivate and stimulate learners of all abilities. My two post-graduate degrees in education focused on improving my knowledge and understanding of learning, and specifically of reading-between-the lines.
Because my own children were intellectually strong, I wanted to implement in my practice an educational programme that would benefit strong students, as well as assisting students who experience difficulty with Maths /English.
That was when I discovered Kumon... and our whole family’s lives have never been the same since…we all believe firmly that Kumon is the best investment a student can ever make in his own education.
What I appreciate about Kumon is that not only does it focus on number conceptual development, the mastery of basic Arithmetic/Mathematical/reading concepts and the building of a solid foundation, but study with the Kumon Method also develops crucial life-skills. This includes skills such as being accountable for your own progress, improvement in time management, task completion, perseverance and self-confidence.
As a Kumon Instructor, I reach a much wider “audience” than by being purely a psychologist. I am extending my services to students of all ages and abilities, also uplifting those who cannot afford (or don’t need!) a psycho-educational assessment before they choose to enrol for Kumon... a cost effective, extremely beneficial, holistic programme which can help each student to develop and reach his own full potential and to become independent self-learners!
I have a rewarding and fulfilling career with Kumon. It gives me great pleasure to get many new enrolments through word-of-mouth recommendations…often from students who studied Kumon in their primary school years and are now successful career people themselves!
I have three Kumon centres in the Linden, Parkview and Blackheath areas. I enjoy contributing to my local communities by giving students the opportunity to develop good study skills, a good work ethic and to improve their Maths and English with the Kumon Programmes.
I continuously benefit from new learning opportunities afforded to me by Kumon Education, participating in national and international Kumon conferences. I wholeheartedly agree with our founder, Toru Kumon’s belief that “There is never good enough, there is always something better!”
Kumon is indeed the ideal work environment for me to do what I love to do, best.