Werner Cloete is a passionate educator who has been influential in various education spheres. He has spoken widely at staff development sessions and education conferences across South Africa, including conferences hosted by FEDSAS and SAOU. He also presented a workshop at a conference in The Netherlands. He mainly teaches on a positive approach to discipline, enhancing values in schools, a Christian approach to teaching and how to positively engage parents as partners in character formation. He is the co-founder of Engage, a movement to help schools inspire and equip fathers in the school community to be more involved with their children. He also serves on the board of The World Needs a Father and is the author of First Class, a motivational book for Christian teachers.
He completed his school career in 1999 at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch as head boy, also attaining full colours in Academics and De Humanitate. He obtained a BSc(Ed) degree, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics, from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003 while residing in Eendrag Mens’ Hostel. He later obtained a BTh(Honours) degree from the Stellenbosch Theological Institute in 2014 through part-time studies.
His first teaching positions were in the United Kingdom where he taught at two prestigious schools – The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (Mathematics) and Berkhamsted School (Chemistry). He then returned to Paul Roos Gymnasium to teach Physics and Chemistry for eleven years. During this time, he served as Resident Boarding House Master, Head of Character Development, Head of the Christian Union and Head of Hockey. He resigned from his full-time position at Paul Roos Gymnasium at the end of 2015 to co-found Calling Education.
Werner is married to Lelani, also a teacher. They have two young children.