Neli holds a Junior Primary Teaching Diploma, Higher Education Diploma and a Bachelor of Education Honours. She also has 16 years of Foundation Phase teaching experience in South Africa and the UK. Neli left teaching in 2005 to work in the NGO space focussing on all aspects of language training in the Foundation Phase. She has worked in most districts in KZN, in deep rural areas and in semi urban schools. Neli is passionate about her work and teacher development and has first-hand experience that changing the mindset leads to sustainable outcomes.