Extensive experience in private and public education training, management, development and international transformation projects in Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. A passionate educationalist who upholds two fundamental principles: Capacity Building and Sustainable Solutions, with a relentless focus on the creation of cultures of continuous thinking and learning. Elmarie’s approach to transformation both in the corporate and education field, is grounded in a deep understanding of the learning needs of adults and children and the belief that change should be embedded through a comprehensive bottom up and top down strategy that involves all stakeholders’ understanding and commitment to change.
From 2011 to 2015 she led the LeapEd Services Education Development Team responsible for the design and implementation of the Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools Programme. This Programme aims at finding a sustainable solution to transformation of Malaysian public schools in order to provide an equitable, meaningful and relevant educational experience to all students, regardless of socio-economic status or geography. Other projects in this role included the development of SOM: a framework for the measurement of holistic student outcomes in 6 domains as defined by the Malaysian Education Blueprint as well as projects aimed at national education transformation such as Project PreSTasi, involving 426 Malaysian principals and coaches, Project GUSTO, a collaborative project with Teach For Malaysia and Yayasan AMIR and collaboration with ELTC and PINTAR.
Elmarie is regularly invited to participate in panel discussions and to present on topics such as school transformation, promoting a thinking culture, emotional intelligence, brain-based learning, engagement and social networking. She is an accredited Emotional Intelligence Coach and with RITE Education Consultancy aims to continue her mission to improve the world through education. She welcomes collaborative initiatives and dialogues about new trends in professional development.