Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Mr. Vincent Pienaar of SanLee Middle School. He is an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Elective teacher for grades 6-8 and has been at SanLee from the very beginning, when the school opened its doors 10 years ago. Mr. Pienaar was recently recognized as SanLee’s Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. He’s a 34-year teaching veteran with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (Kindergarten-sixth grades) and holds numerous elementary and middle school certifications.
Mr. Pienaar lives by a philosophy of “whatever it takes!” He believes that students need a safe learning environment and an equal opportunity to learn. “I work daily to ensure that all students in my classrooms are held to high expectations and supported with needed instructional help.”
What inspired Mr. Pienaar to pursue education was a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
In his free time, Mr. Pienaar loves to go camping in their camper trailer “in the middle of nowhere” with his wife Anriette, (also a teacher at SanLee). If he can take his ski boat along, and play, wakeboard and fish, even better. Mr. Pienaar also enjoys hanging out with his friends and entertaining.