Liete van der Eems is the second eldest of five children and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She and her siblings were homeschooled for her entire schooling career and followed a variety of home education approaches throughout. She is currently a third-year law student and is also works as a teacher at a ballet studio in Cape Town. Liete is an avid musician and plays clarinet for the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Bellville Symphonic Wind Band. She also enjoys participating in local government politics and is an active citizen involved in local civic organisations.