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. A move to London—and the effortlessness with which her young ones learned a new language—triggered an interest in teaching English to children. It was from this conviction that Fun-tastic English Club Horgen came into being upon her return in 1997. At the time, this was a novel concept and Beatrice was its driving force. In 2003 Beatrice moved again, this time to Hong Kong. This allowed her the opportunity to take the CELTA course and become a certified English teacher. While in Hong Kong she worked at the Goethe Institute teaching German. Upon her return to Zürich in 2008, she enrolled in a course to teach German to adult learners (SVEB1) and rejoined the Fun-tastic team. Beatrice has been working at the Club ever since, serving as both manager and teacher. She enjoys teaching at all levels and very much continues to be the heart and soul of the Club.

Maria was born and educated in California, USA. 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 Franklin University in Lugano, with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Always interested in being active in a multicultural environment, Maria first started working at the Club in 2010 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 in 2014. She rejoined the Fun-tastic team in the summer of 2014 and has been teaching our native speakers’ classes since then. In the last year, Maria has taken on a more managerial role and she welcomes the new challenge.

Deborah (Deb) Lewis was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in High Wycombe, England. Deb went to Redlands Teacher Training College in Bristol and graduated 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 four different schools and in her last school held the position of Deputy Head teacher. In her capacity as Literacy co-ordinator, she worked with children of foreign origin to develop their English skills. Deb also spent a year in a Middle School in the USA as an elementary teacher on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange scheme. Upon her return, Deb started work training teachers. Deb moved to Switzerland in the summer of 2013 and has been teaching at the Club ever since. She enjoys working with children again and helping them develop their communication skills.

Catherine was born and raised near Oxford in the UK. She obtained a BSc in Zoology and Spanish at Manchester University. 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. She went on to study at The Institute of Education, London and gained 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. Catherine joined the Club in 2018 after a brief break following 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. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and 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. Since then, she has worked voluntarily for schools in London and in Switzerland. For example, she served as Vice President of OBS Bilingual School Parents’ Association for a number of years whilst her children attended the school. Sally completed the CELTA course with Flying Teachers last year and currently teaches English courses at a wide-range of levels for adults and children around the Zürich area. She joined the Club in 2019 and is teaching ESL children and adults.

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. During her stay in Luxembourg, Karen enrolled and completed a course in language and speech therapy and worked one on one with a special needs child. She has worked with a wide variety of children from many different nationalities and cultures. Karen joined the Club in 2017 and is teaching ESL and NS classes, as well as the occasional adult. She enjoys working with children and loves seeing them thrive in the English language.