Teacher: Lyle Keenan Harris

About Me #

I am writing to express my sincere interest in joining your esteemed institution as a teacher. With a strong background in teaching and tutoring mathematics, science, biology, and English to preschool and high school students, as well as tutoring laboratory science to university students, I am confident in my ability to make a meaningful contribution to your school community. My educational background and extensive experience in microbiology and molecular biology have equipped me with a diverse skill set that I am eager to share with students. From culturing and aseptic techniques to DNA sequencing and gel electrophoresis, I have hands-on experience in a wide range of laboratory methodologies. What sets me apart as an educator is my commitment to creating a fun yet controlled learning environment where students feel supported and encouraged to excel. I believe in giving students plenty of attention and fostering their confidence and independence, ultimately nurturing them into bold, confident, and caring individuals. My proficiency in computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, further enhances my ability to deliver engaging and interactive lessons that cater to diverse learning styles. In conclusion, I am excited about the opportunity to bring my passion for teaching, along with my diverse educational background and hands-on laboratory experience, to your institution. I am dedicated to empowering students to reach their full potential and thrive academically and personally.

Qualifications #

Eldorado Park Secondary High Matric (2000) University of the Witwatersrand BSc (2001-2003) BSc Honours (2004) University of the Western Cape MSc (2014 – 2018)

Professional Experience #

Foreign Teacher i2 (4 April 2020 – present) RESPONSIBILITES Teach Basic English to kindergarten students Prepare effective lesson plan Conduct student assessments

Online English Teacher
(5 August 2019 – present) RESPONSIBILITES
Teach Basic English.
Prepare students for IELTS test and exams.

Roche Sequencing Solutions (Cape Town)
(24 April 2017 – 31 January 2018)

Supervising aliquoting
Packaging and repackaging of components within ISO13485
Ensuring completion of transfer of components to logistics
Assisting in setting up required jobs
Handling customer complaints
Performing raw material, finished goods, intermediate, and development sample analysis according to standard analytical procedures
Performing routine instrument maintenance and calibration as needed in the course of analytical work
Conducting limited instrument troubleshooting and problem diagnosis
Making judgment based on knowledge and experience as to the accuracy and reliability of analytical results
Observing and identifying problems with results and reports to supervisor
Conducting analytical method development work with direct supervision and guidance
Inspecting empty bulk trucks prior to loading and appearance of raw materials during unloading as needed
Coordinating work with Production Lead on night and weekend shifts to ensure appropriate prioritization of work
Responsible for the chemical evaluation of: raw material; finished product and stability samples
Execute daily tasks and work instructions according to the relevant SOP’s
Records and reports results and provides detailed observations of the analysis of data and interpretation thereof
Accurately calculates or interprets results
Perform analytical investigations according to SOP, on out of specification (OOS) results
Reports all out of specification or deviations to Supervisor
Disposal of all laboratory waste according to procedure
Monitor gas cylinder levels and timeously order replenishment stock
Do chemical reagents weekly stocktake for use
Ensure compliance to GMP/GLP guidelines, SOP’s, and internal audits
Ensure Lab equipment is maintained at acceptable levels and report discrepancies or breakdowns to Team Leader
Analyse non-routine or special request investigations according to target date
Maintain standard forms and electronic laboratory records

Roche Sequencing Solutions Cape Town
R & D Scientist
(16 April 2016 – 31 March 2017)

Perform assays (DPE, Exonuclase, Ligase and PNK) for stability test.
Perform conventional PCR experiments to amplify cDNA
Perform qPCR experiments as required for stabilization of library prep reagents project
Perfected the use of Rotor-Gene Q and Lightcycler 480
Advancing technical fundamentals and capabilities of the team, delivering valuable prototypes, and converting research output into impactful communications and peer-reviewed publications
actively collaborating and communicating to contribute meaningfully to the organization
Developing new and existing processes and products.
Investigating and resolving highly complex conceptual, theoretical and technical problems and implementing appropriate solutions
Providing expert judgment, analysis and leadership on complex conceptual, theoretical and technical issues processes and products.
Advancing technology and product development as an expert, a leader and a resource in complex conceptual, theoretical and technical issues.
Leading a research project on glass processing for optical fibre applications.
Working with an international team of researchers and collaboration with academic institutions.

Teaching Assistant
University of Western Cape
(8 September 2014 – 15 March 2016)

Demonstrate laboratory techniques.
Mentor students.
Mark assignments, test and exams.
Discuss and assist students with lectures.

Burnshield Pty Ltd
QA/QC Supervisor
(3 March 2011- 4 April 2014)


Supervise microbial and water test using MAS100 air sampler and water filtration unit.
This was performed to ensure that the microbial limit in water and air are within IP/BP/USP requirements
Supervise QC checks, certification audits, calibrations and validations
Calibration and validation of all test equipment used for testing
Perform internal audits
Co-ordinating and supporting on-site audits conducted by external providers
Evaluating audit findings and implementing appropriate corrective actions
Preparing reports and chair management meetings
Handling all customer complaints
Investigating customer complaints and non-conformance issues
Supervising release of packed products
Evaluating adequacy of quality assurance standards
Interpreting and implementing quality assurance standards
Supervising final release test
Performing density, viscosity and pH analysis
Managing ; planning and directing the Quality Control and Microbiology laboratories to ensure lab testing provides the highest quality analytical support for manufacturing while ensuring compliance with protocols, cGMP and safety regulations
Directing the work activities of the finished product / raw material and microbiology work groups to ensure that testing is executed in a timely and compliant manner
Executing and approving all laboratory investigations
Reviewing and investigating all laboratory data outside of trend
Reviewing and approving protocols and reports such as method validation, method transfer, process validation and stability
Providing leadership, management, evaluation and training to all laboratory employees
Devising sampling procedures and directions for recording and reporting quality data
Ensuring all vendors have been qualified and adhere to vendor qualification standards with the aim of optimal utilization of the reduced testing procedure
Establishing and implementing a KPI structure to ensure optimal test / cost ratio
Reviewing the implementation and efficiency of quality and inspection systems
Planning, conducting and monitoring testing and inspection of materials and products to ensure finished product quality
Collecting and compiling statistical quality data
Analysing data to identify areas for improvement in the quality system
Developing, recommending and monitoring corrective and preventive actions
Preparing reports to communicate outcomes of quality activities
Identifying training needs and organize training interventions to meet quality standards
Ensure ongoing compliance with quality and industry regulatory requirements

Murex Biotech SA
QA/QC Technician
16 April 2007- 3 March 2011


Performing microbial test from the water points and environmental points in the plant and identifying predominant microorganisms found in the water and environment using Bergey’s manual of determinative Bacteriology
In which oxidase test, catalase test, Gram staining, bile stability test, Coagulase test and Urase test were often utilised for bacterial determination
MacConkey agar was used as a selective growth media for the identification of Enterobacteriaceae.
All microbial test were performed as per good laboratory practice (GLP) in which aseptic/sterile techniques were used
Streak plate and spread plate techniques were used to isolate and count individual colonies
Performing QC final release test, which were enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test
These tests were done to evaluate the sensitivity of the kits as hepatitis C from Normal Human Serum from NICD was tested
Two kits were tested the Murex HCV version 4: An enzyme immunoassay for the detection of antibodies to hepatitis C virus (HCV) in human serum or plasma and Murex HCV Ag/Ab combination: Immunoassay for the simultaneous detection of hepatitis C (HCV) core antigen and anti-HCV antibodies in human serum or plasma. Performing microbial and moisture test on the finished product
Moisture test using a moisture meter to evaluate the amount of water in conjugation pellets
Performing calibrations on pipettes and autoclave
Performing cleaning validation and assist in validation of air particular unit
Performing incoming inspections
Performing air particular test to measure the number of particles in the plant’s clean rooms, laboratories and laminar flows
Collect production samples as per the sampling procedure to ensure monthly testing goals
Maintain the Quality and Safety Management Systems in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001.
To liaise with customers to ensure that customer specific requirements are implemented and maintained.
To ensure that Quality, Safety, Health and Environment requirements are met at all stages of process development and production.
Co-ordinate, control and conduct technical analysis of customer returns.
Liaise with the relevant Departments to conduct root cause analysis and identify countermeasures for customer returns.
Monitor and report on a weekly and monthly basis on customer returns, customer complaints internal and external PPM’s and continual improvement activities.
Assist with any technical problems in the factory, including Problem Solving and risk analysis.
Attend to any customer complaints and queries timeously and report back to operations director.
Control quality policies, procedures, systems and standards in the plant.
Manage and supervise quality personnel and ensure training needs analysis and necessary training takes place.
Formulation / documented input with regard to Control plans, FMEA’s and Quality instructions in co-operation with the responsible Process engineer.
To maintain and exceed both internal and external customer requirements/targets for Quality and PPM.
Prevention of internal/external failures through audits and corrective/preventative action methods.
Manage and conduct regular Product and process audits. Manage and control the receiving inspection, patrol inspection and final inspection for and maintain the laboratory equipment and ensure on-going calibration.
Compilation of regular reports.
Accept additional responsibilities as directed by the QC Technician from time-to-time, as discussed and agreed.

Eldorado Park Senior Secondary School
(14 January 2007 – 4 April 2007)

Teach Mathematics, Science and Geography
Mentor students.
Mark assignments, test and exams.
Discuss and assist students with lessons.

Teaching Assistant
University of Witwatersrand
(11 February 2004 – 16 September 2004)

Demonstrate laboratory techniques.
Mentor students.
Mark assignments, test and exams.
Discuss and assist students with lectures.

Sunday school Teacher
Transfiguration Church
(9 January 2000 – 12 December 2004)

Teach children aged 7-16 bible lessons.
Entertain the children and set up morning praise and games.
Entertain children with games.

Personal capacity
(1996 – 2002)

Teach science, biology, mathematics and accounting.
Help students prepare for exams and test.
Assist student with assignments.

Preferred working city / province #

Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan and Shenzhen

Type of school that you are interested in: #

kindergarten, middle school

Salary expectation: #

25000-30000 after tax

Available time for an interview: #

14:00 Chinese time

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