September 16, 2012

ISOCS Team

Our faculty and staff chose to become part of the International School of Central Switzerland team because they all share a vision for education at its very best. All of the teachers are fully qualified in their field and have been selected for their passion and commitment to International Baccalaureate pedagogy.

Our faculty is recognised for outstanding practice in international education. Each teacher brings with them a unique set of skills and talents providing a wealth of experience in IB and international schools. Our core team comprises an exceptionally high proportion of IB PYP, MYP and DP, school visitors, workshop leaders and IB consultants.

 

Jacqueline Webb-Archibald

Founder & Director
Jacqueline Webb
Jacqueline Webb-Archibald originates from Scotland and has dedicated the past 31 years of her career to exploring excellence in primary education in very diverse locations and situations worldwide.
Qualifying from Edinburgh University and Moray House College of Education, Jacqueline has taught primary classes in Scotland, the Bahamas and Switzerland, and is personally familiar with the priorities and practices of UK and US based curricula.

She has specialised in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)  for the past 16 years. During this period Jacqueline successfully introduced and mentored the development of the IB PYP in the International School of Zug and Luzern, a large International School in Switzerland.

Jacqueline is also trained as an IB school head for the IB MYP and IB Diploma programmes.

This experience gained her the trust and respect of the many schools she has been invited to visit by the International Baccalaureate, as an official consultant, workshop leader and team leader on Authorisation and Evaluation Visits.

Jacqueline enjoys an excellent international reputation for advising and mentoring schools and teachers in curriculum and pedagogical practice through official IB school visits, IB curriculum development initiatives, and her active role in local and global IB  teaching and learning communities.

 

Stephen Pye

Director of Public Relations
Nationality: British
Stephen Pye

Past Experiences: Steve is a highly respected entrepreneur and change manager. He excels in providing consulting in large and medium-sized businesses.

Qualifications: BSc Hnrs, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering

Suncha Adjodha

Public Relations Manager
Nationality: British
Suncha Adjodha

Past Experiences: Suncha is a versatile and accomplished Project Manager with 10 years of progressive, managerial experience in transport, pursuant to 3 years in retail and commensurate with 5 years in business consultancy.

 

Tobin Bechtel

Director of Education, Secondary School Principal, IB Diploma Coordinator & DP History and DP Theory of Knowledge Teacher
Nationality: American
Tobin Bechtel

Past Experiences: International School of Berne, Atlanta International School, International School of Amsterdam

Qualifications: Masters of Education – The college of New Jersey, Bachelor History & Bachelor English literature – The American University, Principals Certification – PTC

Tobin’s Journey to ISOCS: I have 20 years international school experience as a school leader, administrator and teacher. I most recently worked as Deputy Director / Secondary School Principal at the International School of Berne. Before, I worked in IB (International Baccalaureate) leadership roles at other prestigious international schools. I am collaboratively leading  the development of our secondary school in implementing the International Baccalaureate MYP and Diploma Programmes and extending to an accredited, locally and globally connected, international school for students aged 3-18.

 

Cristina Robbins

Head of Student Support Services (OpEN) & School Psychologist
Nationality:
Argentinian and Swiss
Cristina Robbins

Past Experiences: School psychologist and counsellor – International School of Berne, Private Practice in Bern, Counsellor – West Swindon Family Centre, and trainee counsellor – Swindon Counselling Centre

Qualifications: Bachelor Journalism – Universidad Catolica Argentina, Bachelor Psychology – Open University, Master Clinical and Health Psychology – University of Fribourg. Working towards Master of Advanced Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology and a PhD in Developmental and School Psychology – University of Basel

Cristina’s Journey to ISOCS: I wanted to work in an environment that supports children’s learning needs at an individual level. When I learned about ISOCS, I knew that I had found such a place!

Hazel Allen

Primary School Principal, School Administration
Nationality:
British
Hazel Allen

Past Experiences: Whitehouse Primary School, Northern Ireland; Haut-Lac International School, Vevey; John F. Kennedy International School, Saanen-Gstaad

Qualifications: BA (Honours) French and Spanish, Queen’s University, Belfast; PGCE (Primary), University of Paisley, Scotland

Hazel’s Journey to ISOCS: 15 years have passed since I first stepped into a classroom as a newly qualified and very nervous teacher! During these past 15 years, I have worked in both the state and private sector, in rural schools and city schools. I have had various leadership roles over the past 10 years, most recently as Head of Studies in JFK in Saanen-Gstaad. Some of my ideas (and ideals!) have changed since that first day but time has only served to strengthen my belief that there is no point to our role as teachers and education leaders if it is not to ultimately do our part to create a better world. We are here to be the best global citizens we can be and to inspire our students to grow and develop so that they can thrive in and make a positive contribution to our challenging 21st century world. I am very excited to be part of the ISOCS team and in an IB World School where this philosophy underpins everything we do.

Primary School

 

Admira Nenaj

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Nationality:
Austrian
Admira Nenaj

Past Experiences: Trained and experienced in teaching an enquiry based curriculum following the British National Curriculum of England from Reception up to Year 6 at one of the leading British International Schools in Kuala Lumpur. Experienced in Special Needs Education as Learning Support Teacher.

Qualifications: Bachelor (Honours) in Psychology and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Sunderland University, England.

Admira’s Journey to ISOCS: After living in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for over 6 years I decided to come back and be closer to my family. I used to live in Zürich as well as Lugano and always felt welcomed in Switzerland. In addition, I am very active and love sports thus, Switzerland is the best fit as it offers the most amazing outdoors activities.

Erin Furby

Primary Teacher
Nationality:
American
Erin Furby

Past Teaching Experiences: Dr William Herbert Brewster Elementary Memphis City Schools, St.Louis Elementary School Memphis, St. Gabriel’s School Austin, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart Huston, Presbyterian School Houston, Isidore Newman School New Orleans

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science Elementary Education – Loyola University

Erin’s Journey to ISOCS: After three wonderful years in Lausanne, my family and I moved to Zug in the summer of 2015. When I looked for a new school for my children, I knew ISOCS would be their new home. Luckily, it also became the next step for my career. I’m so proud to be part of the ISOCS family.

Sandra Alamo

Primary Teacher
Nationality:
British
Sandra Alamo

Past Teaching Experiences: I started my teaching career as an EAL teacher in Spain and Cambodia and then as an educational facilitator for young underprivileged adults in Honduras. I especially love working with children which I have been doing for the last 20 years.

Qualifications: Economics / Sociology Bachelor of Arts, TEFL, Post Graduate Certificate of Education and Masters in International Education

Sandra’s Journey to ISOCS: I love travelling and have been fortunate enough to have taught in very different countries and cultures. I started primary teaching in Scotland and then moved to Uganda where I first encountered the IB curriculum. Teaching is my passion and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to join the warm, caring and dynamic team at ISOCS as a Primary teacher.

Sheryl Schmidt

Primary Teacher and Learning Support
Nationality:
American
Sheryl Schmidt

Past Experiences: I have been teaching Primary for ten years. I spent the last two years teaching at an international school in Germany. Before that, I taught in both private and public schools in the US.

Sheryl’s Journey to ISOCS: I just moved to Switzerland this summer with my Swiss husband. As a teenager I lived in England and attended an international school, so I can relate to some of the experiences of my students. I am really excited to join the staff here and find a new home away from home.

Tuuli Rantala

Special Needs Teacher and EAL teacher
Nationality:
Finnish
Tuuli Rantala

Past Experiences: I have worked as a Coordinator of Education at the Lappeenranta University of Technology before becoming a teacher. I have been teaching Primary in different schools in Finland for 8 years. During those years I have taught many students with special needs.

Qualifications: Masters of Business Administration in the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Teacher qualifications in Primary school in the University of Helsinki, Qualified English Teacher – University of Tampere and Studies in Special Education in the University of Jyväskylä.

Tuuli’s Journey to ISOCS: After living in Finland for almost all my life, except one High School year in North America as an exchange student, I decided to experience something else with my family. We moved to Zug last summer and I have truly loved living in Switzerland. The mixture of cultures and languages, the international atmosphere and the beautiful scenery. I am also equally happy to have been given the opportunity to join the team at ISOCS.

Tim Socha

German Music Teacher
Nationality:
American

Secondary School

 

Isabel Llorca

Maths and Science Teacher
Nationality: 
Spanish
Isabel Llorca

Past Teaching Experiences: Maths and Spanish teacher for middle school at Zurich International School, Mother tongue Spanish teacher at ZIS and Montessori School in Zurich, DELE coordinator for exams, and homeroom teacher for grade 5 – 7 at Colegio Cumbres, Spain

Qualifications: Bachelor Psychology and Pedagogy – UNED University, Master of Educational Leadership and Management – Fracisco de Vitoria University, Major in Education – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, DELE levels A1 – C2 Certificates, and IB certificates.

Christine Helyer

Diploma English, MYP English / Drama & MYP Coordinator
Nationality:
British
Christine Helyer

Armando Caracheo

Mathematics Teacher
Nationality:
Mexican
Armando Caracheo

Past Teaching Experiences: ITESM (Mexico City) Mathematics and Physics (Diploma), IBO (Bologna) MYP.

Qualifications: Engineering Physics degree, Master’s degree (MSc), PhD degree.

Armando’s Journey to ISOCS: Once I completed the degree of engineering physics, I started teaching mathematics and physics to the youngest generations of undergraduate students. Later on, when I finished the PhD, I had my first opportunity to teach in an international school at ITESM. At that moment I decided to become a full-time teacher, although the possibility to do research took me to Zurich. Two years later, an international school in Italy gave me the chance to teach again. This experience was brief as Switzerland offered a new opportunity to develop a research project. But once this was over, I could not think of a job that I wanted to do more than teaching. Fortunately, ISOCS opened its doors.

Michelle Scherrer

Diploma and MYP Science (Biology and Chemistry)
Nationality:
Swiss and Australian
Michelle Scherrer

Past Teaching Experiences: Marymount International School, Rome; ISW- International School Winterthur; International School of the Hague

Qualifications: Masters in Education, Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Science

Michelle’s Journey to ISOCS: Michelle has taught for 16 years and since 2006 has worked as an International Educator. Before that, she taught in the State School System in Australia. She is a passionate Science educator and is really looking forward to inspire students to enjoy Science. She is happy to be a part of the team that will teach our first DP cohort.

Amaia Tollinche

Individuals and Societies Teacher
Nationality:
American and Spanish
Amaia Tollinche

Past Teaching Experiences: Five years at Zurich International School, three and a half years at International School of Zurich North and three years at Little Flower School, Florida

Qualifications: Bachelors in Arts and Science – Florida International University, Major in Sociology and Anthropology / Minor in Secondary Education, and certification of History for Grades 6-12

Amaia’s Journey to ISOCS: After looking for a new opportunities, the prospect of working at ISOCS was a God-sent. ISOCS was the right place and I was meant to be here. With an amazing team of talented and caring teachers and staff who made me feel welcomed, I felt at home immediately. I am happy to be part of the team and I look forward to innovating, inspiring and being involved in this wonderful school.

Branka Muser

Secondary German Teacher DP/MYP
Nationality:
Swiss
Branka Muser

Qualifications: Master in German and Slavic Studies Zurich University; Degree in Translation and Interpreting DOZ

Branka’s Journey to ISOCS: Sprachenschule Zug, Institut Montana Zugerberg, Collège Alpin Beausoleil Villars-sur-Ollon

Corinne Reusser

German Teacher
Nationality: Swiss
Corinne Reusser

Past Teaching Experiences: International School of Penang, and Class and Language Teacher at Baumackerschule, Zurich

Qualifications: Teaching Diploma for Secondary School – PH Bern

Corinne’s Journey to ISOCS: I chose to work at ISOCS because I liked the spirit of the international environment.

 

Nicky Cohen

German Teacher MYP/PYP
Nationality:
British
Nicky Cohen

Past Teaching Experiences: Taught in British state system ( secondary) for 27 years. Teaching French and German. Academic and pastoral year coordinator grade 7 – 10

Qualifications: BA Hons Modern Languages with International studies and PGCE Modern Languages

Nicky’s Journey to ISOCS: After having worked in the British system and bringing up two adult children, I felt I needed a new challenge and was given the opportunity for myself and my 8 year old to join the team at ISOCS.

Subject Specialists

 

Vasiliy Perliyev

Director of Sports and EAL Teacher
Vasiliy Perliyev
Nationality: 
Ukrainian

Past Experiences: International Schools both in Kiev and Trieste

Qualifications: Masters in English as a Second Language, and Bachelors in Physical Education

Vasiliy’s Journey to ISOCS: I moved to Switzerland in 2010 and was looking for opportunities to teach in an international environment. When I found ISOCS I knew this was the place!

 

Bernardo Mayer

ICT Coordinator & Design, Technology and Outdoor Education and Leadership Teacher

Bernardo MayerNationality: Global… Mainly Austrian

Past Experiences: German International School in Japan

Qualifications: Bachelor Environmental and Outdoor Education, Graduate Diploma Education K – 12

Berdardo’s Journey to ISOCS: The opportunity presented itself to join ISOCS and I eagerly took it!

 

Administration

 

Arwen De Giorgio

School Administrator
Arwen De Giorgio
Nationality:
English, Canadian and New Zealander

Past Experiences: Hotel administration and building management in various locations, accounting and administration for a project management company based in New Zealand.

Qualifications: Diploma in Hospitality Management

Arwen’s Journey to ISOCS: I chose ISOCS because it’s an international family – just like my own.

 

Venissa Blaser

School Assistant, Administration
Venissa Blaser
Nationality: 
Swiss and Thai

Past Experiences: One year part-time internship at ISCOS as teaching assistant and administrator’s assistant 

Qualifications: English certifications, currently enrolled in a Business Management and Teacher Assistant course

Venissa’s Journey to ISOCS: After three years studying and working in Oxfordshire, I moved back to Switzerland to continue my work as a Hairdresser but with the aspiration to work in international business management in a dynamic environment. ISOCS not only gave me this opportunity but also gave me a feeling of having a second family. One of the best and easiest choices I’ve made and I’m happy to be a part of ISOCS.