Henriette Hubers - Co Founder & Director
Co-founder of The DreamTree School, together with her husband Paul, Henriette Hubers has dedicated many years to the nurturing and care of autistic and special needs children. Originally from Holland, one of Henriette’s sons was diagnosed with autism as a young child. The lack of suitable resources led the Hubers to start De Droomboom School in The Netherlands to provide suitable facilities for both their son, and many other children. After relocating to South Africa, they founded The DreamTree School. In addition to her involvement in the school, and various fundraising activities, Henriette has also published three books based on her personal experience: ‘Hoera, mijn kind is anders’, ‘De dag dat ik hoorde dat’ and ‘PiP’.
Chuki Williams - Occupational Therapist & Director
Having qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1974, Chuki has practiced as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist since 1975, with many years’ experience working with both physically handicapped children as well as those with developmental and learning delays. Chuki is also a qualified Neuro Developmental Therapist and Sensory Integration Therapist, further equipping her to work with children and their challenges. Prior to working in private practice for the past 20 years, she worked for extended periods at schools catering for children with special needs, namely Vista Nova School, Rondebosch and Saplings Hebrew Remedial Pre-Primary, Vredehoek, Cape Town. She also acted as a locum at the Paarl School, Brackenfell and Tafelberg Remedial School, Sea Point and has served as a member of De Hoop Primary School Governing Body for 8 years in various capacities (member, vice-chair and chairperson).
Marle Graser - Speech Therapist
A qualified Speech Therapist, Marle has no less than 16 years’ experience working with children with a variety of communication needs, with a special interest in ASD. Her experience includes 6 years in the UK as well as many years of private practice in both Centurion (Pretoria) and Somerset West. As a Speech Therapist, Marle works closely with the schools attended by her clients in order to facilitate generalisation of the skills they have acquired in therapy.
Elaine Brand - Principal & Director
As one of The DreamTree School’s founding staff members, Elaine’s involvement with the school dates back to 2011. In addition to her role as Principal and Teacher (Classroom 2), Elaine also serves as Director on the Board. Together with fellow board members, Elaine is responsible for the efficient running of the school, staff and the well being of each and every learner.