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 Operations
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

Tobin Bechtel

Head of School, DP History 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.

Primary School

 

Hazel Allen

Assistant Head of Primary, PYP Coordinator
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.

Admira Nenaj

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.

Karla Wiles

Kindergarten Assistant (Intern)
Nationality:
Mexican
Karla Wiles

Past Experiences: Karla has taught private Spanish lessons before joining us at ISOCS.

Qualifications: Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; FCE University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations level B2 Certificate, German – Bénedict Schule B1 Certificate

Karla’s Journey to ISOCS: Karla recently joined the ISOCS team to familiarize herself to the teaching world. She is passionate about working with kids and is glad to have the opportunity to be in the K/1 class.

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.

Secondary School

 

Kamran Baig

Assistant Head of High School, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
Nationality: British
Kamran Baig

Past Experiences: I have been an educator for over 20 years, 17 of which have been in international education. My experience includes both teaching and coordinator/leadership roles within the IB programme at schools both in Japan and the UK.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biomedical Sciences, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Master of Education (Leadership and Management) in progress

Kamran’s Journey to ISOCS: I am very excited to be part of ISOCS as the Assistant Head of the High School and in my role of ensuring the success of the IB Diploma programme. I am proud to be part of the ISOCS community not just as an educator but also as a parent. I have one daughter in the PYP and one in the MYP, and we are all thrilled to be here.

Christine Helyer

Assistant Head of Middle School, MYP Coordinator, Diploma English
Nationality:
British
Christine Helyer

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.

Isabel Llorca

Maths and Spanish 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.

Dorina Frasheri

MYP Science and DP Biology
Nationality:
Albanian
Dorina Frasheri

Past Teaching Experiences: Oxford International College Switzerland, Albanian College Tirana and Durres, The Learning Center Zurich

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.

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.

Amaia Tollinche

MYP English, 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

Elena Demchenko Kramer

German Acquisition Teacher, Secondary School
Nationality:
German and Ukrainian
Elena Kramer

Past Teaching Experiences: Elena taught German as a foreign language at the federal office of immigration in Frankfurt and was also a lecturer for German language courses for A1-C1 levels, before moving to Zug and teaching classes in language translation at the LiZ Sprachschule

Qualifications: Odessa University Ukraine Diplom-Teacher with concentration in German language and Literature;
Masters in German, Psychology, and Sociology from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

Elena’s Journey to ISOCS: I moved to Zug five years ago and took a pause in my teaching career to take care of my two children. I decided to rejoin the workforce and was introduced to the founder of ISOCS as I was doing my job search. After a successful interview process, I am excited to come aboard and teach German to international students in the middle and high school program!

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.

Maria Riverso-Arcuri

DP Maths Teacher
Nationality: 
Canadian and Italian
Maria Riverso-Arcuri

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.

Silvia Rebelo

Individuals & Societies Teacher, After School Care
Nationality:
Portuguese
Silvia Rebelo

Past Teaching Experiences: I worked as a middle school history teacher in Aveiro, Portugal and as an ESL teacher and trainer of English.

Qualifications: History and Art History Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

Sandra’s Journey to ISOCS: After living in the United States and Portugal, my family decided to move to Switzerland and enjoy everything this country has to offer. As I have a passion for teaching and wanted to do it in a caring and welcoming school, ISOCS is definitely the perfect match.

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!

 

Rodney Burton II

Performing Arts Teacher, Public Relations
Nationality: American
Rodney Burton

Past Experiences: International School of Schaffhausen and owner of his own music company

Qualifications: MA Organizational Learning and Leadership, Bachelor Communications Radio & TV

Rodney’s Journey to ISOCS: Rodney has experience teaching English, Drama, and Music within the IB programme. This is his first year at ISOCS, where he hopes his talents can play a major role in increasing the schools performing arts programme.

 

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!

 

Ana Azpeitia

Visual Arts Teacher, MYP & DP
Nationality: Spanish
Ana Azpeitia

Past Experiences: Aiglon College of Switzerland, Hockerill Anglo-European College UK and Institut Montana Zugerberg

Qualifications: MA Fine Arts, with specialization in painting at UCM (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Ana’s Journey to ISOCS: Ana is a professional artist in addition to a passionate teacher, having won national awards for painting in Spain. Her work is featured in galleries and private collections in Spain, Portugal, Greece, UK and Switzerland. Parallel to her artistic career, Ana became involved in teaching when she volunteered as a language teacher for migrants in Madrid, carrying on as an assistant teacher at Aiglon College Switzerland, an adult education teacher at Hockerill Anglo-European College UK, and was later trained in teaching IGCSE and IB Diploma at Institut Montana Zugerberg. Now she is happy to be a part of the ISOCS family!

Johana Saenz

Learning Support Counsellor
Nationality: Venezuelan American
Johana Saenz

Past Experiences: Bilingual English/Spanish Kindergarten Teacher at Laura Bush Elementary in Houston, TX from August 2014 – June 2017, then
School Counsellor Intern, November 2016 – May 2017

Qualifications: Master of Education in Counselling from The University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX; Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Houston; School Counsellor Certification, 2017; Bilingual Education Certification, 2014; Generalist Early Childhood – 6th Grade Certification, 2014; Gifted and Talented Certification, 2014

Johana’s Journey to ISOCS: Johana began her career in Human Resources – Staffing. She has experience in staff training and development in both industry and non-profit organizations. She also has a background in Finance. However, she later realized that her true passion is helping students achieve their maximum potential. Accordingly, Johana obtained her teacher certification for Early Childhood through 6th Grade. She believes that students should not only develop their academic skills, but also their emotional and social skills. Therefore, she later obtained the Texas Counselor’s Certificate for Early Childhood through 12th Grade, after completing her Master’s Degree in Education – School Counselling. Johana loves to travel with her family and learn about different cultures.

 

Administration

 

Venissa Blaser

Teaching and Finance Assistant
Venissa Blaser
Nationality: 
Swiss and Thai

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.

 

Leslie Dubler

Assistant Marketing and Admissions
Nationality: American
Leslie Dubler

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.

Johan Duque

Reception Apprentice
Johan Duque
Nationality:
Cuban

Past Experiences: Two years working at PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Zug & Zürich, contributing in different departments such as Assurance, HC Recruitment, Reception & Tax and Legal

Johan’s Journey to ISOCS: After completing secondary school in Baar, I started an apprenticeship in international business administration and services, launched in 2015 by Bildxzug. I was then given the opportunity to work two years for PwC. In my third year I joined the dynamic ISOCS team, as I was interested to further develop my skills in an international, English-speaking environment.

Tatjana Burton-Rentsch

Assistant Human Resources
Tatjana Burton
Nationality:
Swiss

Past Experiences: I previously worked as a secretary at the Jugend- und Famillienberatung and in Human Resources at Hard Psychiatric Clinic. I also have five years’ experience as a Paralegal for Bezirksgericht Winterthur and one year as a part-time clerk for DeLeval while attaining my bachelor’s degree.

Qualifications: Commercial Employee, Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Federal Vocational Baccalaureat, BSc. in Applied Psychology, Major in Corporate Communication, MSc. in Applied Psychology in Progress

Tatjana’s Journey to ISOCS: I have recently finished my bachelor’s degree in applied psychology: occupational, organizational and personnel psychology. Upon my graduation, I realized my experience, skill-set and recent education would be a huge benefit for ISOCS. I enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of ISOCS and the opportunity to grow with this dynamic group of staff.