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.
Founder & Director
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.
Director of Public Relations
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
Assistant Marketing and Admissions
Past Experiences: PYP Teacher at EtonHouse International School Nanjing, China, Berlin Metropolitan School, Germany, Northbridge International School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Qualifications: Dual B.A. in German Literature and Psychology, Masters in Teaching, Elementary Education, Masters in International Hospitality Business Management
Leslie’s Journey to ISOCS: I originally arrived in Switzerland to pursue a career change from teaching to hospitality business management, on an intended path of returning home to my family in the States upon graduation. A twist of fate, however, introduced me to my Swiss husband. After working in marketing, I found my way to ISOCS, where I am currently in the role of Assistant in Marketing and Admissions.
Director of Education, Secondary School Principal, IB Diploma Coordinator & DP History and DP Theory of Knowledge Teacher
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.
Head of Student Support Services (OpEN) & School Psychologist
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!
Primary School Principal, School Administration
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.
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.
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.
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.
Primary Teacher and Learning Support
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.
Special Needs Teacher and EAL teacher
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.
German Music Teacher
Past Experiences: Choir Director in Rotkreuz from 1981 to present. Director of the “Musikschule Rotkreuz” from 1981 to 2013. English teacher in the Gewerbeschule Zürich and Migros Klubschule from 1971 to 1981. Extensive experience either as music director, director and producer of Broadway musicals for the Music School and for the English Theatre Group of Zug.
Qualifications: Ohio Valley College (biology), University of Denver BA
Tim’s Journey to ISOCS: I already implemented the principles of the IB in my school in Rotkreuz. I believe that the central process is to “live” the ideology. If it is just theory, or something you expect others to do, it is ineffective. I was therefore happy to join up with ISOCS for this common goal.
Maths and Science Teacher
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.
Diploma English, MYP English / Drama & MYP Coordinator
Past Teaching Experiences: I have worked as a secondary teacher of English and Literature, 11-14 English Curriculum Coordinator and Head of English. Park View School (Durham, UK), King’s College British School of Madrid (Spain)
Qualifications: Post Graduate Certificate of Secondary Education – English and Literature (Newcastle University, UK); BA Joint Honours English Literature and Spanish (University of Leeds, UK); CELTA for English Language Teaching
Christine’s Journey to ISOCS: At ISOCS we are able to work with our students on a very individual level and get to know them well. I’m looking forward to seeing the transition between all three IB Programmes develop as I assist with the implementation of our MYP Programme.
MYP Science and DP Biology
Qualifications: M.S. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (Cornell University), M.H.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with focus on Reproductive and Cancer Biology (The Johns Hopkins University), B.S. in Chemistry with Honors Summa cum Laude (St. John’s University)
Dorina’s Journey to ISOCS: As a member of several institutions, I have taught IB (SL and HL), IGCSE (AS and A levels) and AP biology and chemistry. I am very passionate about teaching and I am happy to be part of ISOCS. It is my hope that ISOCS students can emulate my enthusiasm for science.
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.
Individuals and Societies Teacher
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.
Secondary German Teacher DP/MYP
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
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.
German Teacher MYP/PYP
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.
DP Maths Teacher
Past Teaching Experiences: Mathematics and Physical Education teacher (Grades 9-12) at Bishop Ryan Secondary School, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher (Grades 1-12) at Abu Dhabi International Private School, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Mathematics Teacher (IB Diploma + Grades 7-10) and Athletic Director at Institut Montana Zugerberg, Switzerland.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto, Canada; Bachelor of Kinesiolog/Physical Education with a Minor in Mathematics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Special Education Qualification and IB Certificates
Maria’s Journey to ISOCS: ISOCS has given me an amazing opportunity to do what I love; motivate children to find their own style of learning (in particular in Mathematics) and developing these basic skills for lifetime success. This international family based community offers a place of constant growth, not only to the students but to the staff as well. I accept this new challenge with open arms. I am excited to join the ISOCS team and am looking forward to being part of the success of the first graduating class.
Director of Sports and EAL Teacher
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!
ICT Coordinator & Design, Technology and Outdoor Education and Leadership Teacher
Nationality: 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!
Arwen De Giorgio
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.
Teaching and Finance Assistant
Past Experiences: A two year internship at ISOCS, working as an office assistant and then as a classroom assistant.
Qualifications: Teaching Assistant certification, English certifications, Diploma in Business Management, Hairdressing Diploma
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 or to teach in a dynamic environment. ISOCS not only gave me this opportunity but also gave me a feeling of reaching my goals and being a risk-taker! One of the best and easiest choices I’ve made and I am happy to be a part of ISOCS.