Teacher profiles

Beatrice comes from Aarau in Switzerland. A fluent German, French and English speaker, Beatrice obtained a PhD in Biology at the University of Lausanne before returning to the German speaking part of Switzerland with her husband. A move to London, England with her young family triggered an interest in teaching English to children on her return to Switzerland. At the time, this was a new concept and it was from the conviction that very young children learn languages effortlessly that the Fun-tastic English Club Horgen came into being. Beatrice was its driving force until 2003 when a further move to Hong Kong allowed her finally to take the CELTA course and become a certified English teacher. As Beatrice had been teaching German at the Goethe Institut in Hong Kong, at her return to Zürich in 2007, she enrolled on a course to teach German to adult learners (SVEB1) and graduated in summer 2008. At that time she also rejoined the Fun-tastic team as manager and teacher. She enjoys the variety of tasks running the Club but also teaching different age groups from Kids’ Club to adults, in group- or private lessons. 

Maria was born and educated in California, USA. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, her experience growing up in a multicultural and multi-linguistic environment led her to pursue a career in Sociology studies. A summer semester of travel and language studies in Milan, Italy, turned her interests to the broader realm of International Relations and eventually led to a long term stay in Europe. In 2008 she graduated from the Lugano based American university, Franklin University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. The following year, her marriage to her Swiss fiancé led to a more permanent move to the German speaking part of Switzerland. Always interested in being active in a multicultural environment Maria worked with us at the Club from 2010 to 2012 as an assistant teacher in playgroup. After gaining some experience in an international NGO she decided to go back to teaching and trained with Flying Teachers to become a CELTA certified English teacher. She is taking on some of our native speakers’ classes in summer 2014 – with lots of fresh ideas and big enthusiasm!

Deborah (Deb) Lewis was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up in High Wycombe, England. Deb went to Bristol to Redlands Teacher Training College graduating as a Primary School Teacher. Whilst teaching Deb attended Oxford Brookes University in the evenings and achieved a B.Ed. During her teaching career she taught in 4 different schools and in her last school held the position of Deputy Head teacher. She taught children from 3-11years of age and all subjects, often helping children from other countries as the Literacy co-ordinator in the schools in developing their English skills. Deb also spent a year in a Middle School in Alliance, Ohio in America as an elementary teacher on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange scheme. For the past ten years Deb has worked on the commercial side of education training teachers. Her jobs included developing IT skills for teachers, helping them to use interactive whiteboards and until last summer working for the Global company Pearsons, supporting teachers to use a virtual environment in their schools in the UK and abroad. Deb moved to Switzerland last summer and now lives in Richterswil. She is looking forward to working with children again and helping them develop their communication skills at the Fun-tastic school. 

Catherine was born in Oxford in UK and grew up nearby. She obtained a BSc in Zoology and Spanish at Manchester University, including a year researching lizards with Salamanca University, Spain. Having performed throughout her student years she gained a place at drama school in 2004 and subsequently worked as an actress for a number of years, including two tours to primary and middle schools with The Young Shakespeare Company. It was during these tours that she discovered her love of working with children and on deciding to stop acting a few years later she went on to study at The Institute of Education, London, gaining a PGCE in Primary Education in 2013. The whole of Catherine’s teaching career has been at international schools including a Bilingual school in London (French and English), the International School of Hamburg in Germany and recent work at Zurich International School. She moved to Thalwil in 2016 and is looking forward to returning to teaching after the birth of her son in 2017.

Sally comes from Hampshire, England and worked for many years in feature film production and advertising in London and Asia before having a family and relocating to Switzerland. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London, Sally originally trained as an actress at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her interest in teaching began whilst working in Theatre in Education in London. She has worked voluntarily for schools in London and in Switzerland including as Vice President of OBS Bilingual School Parents’ Association for a number of years whilst her children attended the school. Sally completed the CELTA (Cambridge English Language teaching course) with Flying Teachers last year and currently teaches English courses with a wide-range of levels for adults and children around the Zürich area. She has recently taught students preparing for the Cambridge Advanced English Exam, and she particularly enjoys leveraging her film script editing experience to develop her students’ writing skills at this advanced level. In her spare time, Sally enjoys film, skiing, and hiking with her family and their much-loved family dog.

Karen Buck was born and educated in Scotland. In 1988 she left Scotland to work in Paris, France, looking after children. After 2 years in Paris she moved to Brussels, Belgium, again working with children. There she met her husband and then spent the next 25 years living and working in European countries and in the international school environment: in Brussels, Frankfurt and for the longest time – 15 years – in Luxembourg. Karen has worked with a wide variety of children from many different nationalities and cultures. She says that seeing the children thrive in the English language is delightful and very satisfying.