Meet the team
A selection of our teachers, translators and proofreaders
Teacher of English, GMAT, TOEFL & proofreader
Master of Arts (International Politics), CELTA, Goethe Certificate C2 (Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom), GMAT score: 770 (top 1% worldwide!), GRE score: in the 98th, 98th and 83rd percentiles worldwide for the 3 sections of the GRE he completed.
Steve is a New Zealander and has been living in Zurich for over a decade. He has been teaching English, GMAT and GRE since 2002 and has taught in a range of settings from one-on-one all the way up to large seminars in university settings. Steve has successfully prepared clients for a wide range of examinations including Proficiency, Cambridge Advanced, First Certificate, the BEC exams, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS and SAT. His fluent German can provide an insight into the traps German speakers sometimes fall into in English. He also speaks fluent Spanish and some French. A lover of good conversation, Steve ensures lessons are a pleasure. Try his easy-going, flexible approach!
B.A. English Literature and Film Studies (West of England University in Bristol), TEFL
Sara has travelled extensively privately and professionally. Her work experience includes over 4 years of teaching English and time at a multinational company travelling the world in charge of trade shows and corporate networking events.
Born in the UK, Sara has also lived in Spain and Switzerland. A highlight of her time in Spain was teaching at Barcelona FC, training footballers and directors to handle the BBC!
Having experienced the challenges of language learning through her mastery of Spanish, she is the perfect person to improve your specialised business communication or to prepare you for a wide range of exams. In her free time she loves hiking the trails of South America and Switzerland.
Jeremy is an Englishman living and teaching in Zurich for the past three years. He holds a TESOL qualification and has over 10 years experience teaching English in a variety of settings. He has done everything from helping children take their first steps with the language, to working with businesses and helping staff members improve their English skills. Jeremy is comfortable teaching groups or delivering personal tuition. Although he also speaks German and Spanish, his first love is the English language, and his past experience includes writing and developing plays for the English theatre.
Master’s in Social Anthropology, B.A. in English and American Literature, Montessori Pedagogical Qualification
Corinne’s first job as a teacher was teaching French in Italy. This reflects her bilingual abilities in French and Italian. Something of a language genius, she has also passed The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English and is improving her German. She has a Master’s in Social Anthropology from Paris X University and a Montessori pedagogical qualification. She is also an accomplished author of fairy tales! Ask her about her literature studies. Her wide range of cultural interests include classical ballet, jazz music and Japanese culture and literature. Whether you are preparing for an exam or seeking to improve your conversational skills, Corinne is the perfect teacher for you. Awaken the Parisian within you with Corinne’s help!
German teacher and customer service
M.A. English Literature & Linguistics and History
Céline holds a Master's Degree in English Literature & Linguistics and History. At the
moment she is finalising her teaching degree to enable her to teach in Swiss high schools. She
is from Switzerland and her mother tongue is German. With over five years of experience in
teaching kids, teenagers and adults, Céline will offer great support to any native speaker
seeking to improve their German and to anyone learning German as a foreign language.
Furthermore, Céline helps the nativespeakers.ch team with administrative tasks and customer service.
English teacher, translator and proofreader (English & Italian)
MA Hons English (Aberdeen), M.St. General Linguistics and Comparative Philology (Oxon, Wolfson), CELTA
Alongside degrees in Literature and Linguistics, Robert has over two decades of experience teaching internationally in a wide range of corporate and academic settings. He has also built up a substantial track-record as a translator and proofreader, ranging from European politics and current affairs to Renaissance philosophy, German Enlightenment literature, Italian gastro-tourism, marketing and ophthalmology. Robert is what you might call a global citizen. Born in Italy to British parents, he grew up speaking English and Italian. A passionate traveller, writer and aikido practitioner he has worked and travelled in many far-flung destinations. Enjoy a conversation with Robert on just about anything to improve your small-talk. Or prepare for one of the Cambridge exams or the IELTS.
Master of Arts (Biological Sciences), PhD (Molecular Biology), CELTA
Katie comes from England and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford and her post-graduate studies at University College London. A short stint at the BBC World Service convinced Katie she was more interested in the communication of science than research and she then spent several years within the medical communications field, working as a writer and editor on both academic publications and more general media, mainly in the UK charitable sector. After moving to Zürich, Katie retrained as an English teacher and now enjoys helping others communicate their ideas.
Master of Arts in English Literature
Rob joined the nativespeakers.ch team in August 2013. Prior to coming on board, he worked for seven years as a high school teacher at a private gymnasium, where he headed the English Literature Department. He holds an MA in English Literature from "The Open University", but is equally versed in ESL teaching, with 33 years of experience. In his free time, he enjoys reading and exploring Switzerland and Europe by bicycle.
Online English teacher
Bachelor of Arts (English and Italian Literature), CELTA
Christine, who was born in the UK and raised partially there as well as in Japan, is a native speaker of English and Japanese. She is also fluent in Italian and has passed the C1 Goethe Zertifikat exam. She started her working life in Zurich in online marketing and moved on to banking before waking up to the fact that her real passion lies in languages. She left her job at the bank in 2014 to pursue the far more people-oriented profession of English teaching - helping people is the aspect of the job she enjoys most. In addition to teaching, she has been consistently taking on proofreading and translation jobs spanning the last ten years (particularly from Japanese to English and Italian to English).
As a language enthusiast, Christine believes she is particularly apt at understanding the needs of language students given that she has been in their shoes herself plenty of times.
Master’s Degree in Business and Languages
Marianne holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Languages from Université Jean Moulin in Lyon. She is from Annecy in France and has been a French teacher for groups and individual students at all levels for over 10 years. She has taught French in Australia, Spain, the USA and of course Switzerland, and speaks excellent English and Spanish. Her teaching experience includes stints at the prestigious Georgetown and George Washington Universities in Washington, D.C. She was also Head of Corporate Training and Private Tutoring at the Alliance Française in New York for 6 years. Marianne can help you master the French language at your own pace. Whether you need help with pronunciation, grammar, business French, or just want to brush up on your conversation skills in preparation for a trip, Marianne will be delighted to use her cross cultural experience to your benefit!
B.Sc. in Speech Sciences, B.Sc. in Psychology, and CELTA
Leonie has been teaching English all over Europe since 2001. Born and raised in the southeast of England she moved west and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Reading and a CELTA at International House London. She then left the country for a Grand Tour through Europe, teaching English in Turkey, Italy, France and now Switzerland. In between she returned to England to earn her bachelor's degree in Speech Sciences at University College London and to work as a pediatric speech and language therapist. Leonie is a cheerful person who loves to interact both in group settings and on a one-to-one basis.
Irena is a German teacher who brings enthusiasm and many years of experience to her lessons. She is a native speaker of German and is fluent in English and French. She has previously worked as an editor for technology and education in the Communications Department at ETH Zurich (Computer Science Division) and at the Hasler Foundation.
Irena also authors reports and publications in various scientific fields and is interested in global processes, personal development, art, music and cultural movements – but above all her focus is on her individual students in the classroom.
Kiera is a young, dynamic English teacher who speaks very good German. She studied language and literature in London as well as history, sociology and philosophy and is also qualified and experienced in teaching adults. She has a variety of other interests – her hobbies include climbing, acting, travelling and yoga. With Kiera as your teacher, you will have at your side a qualified and highly motivated trainer, who not only will help you achieve measurable success, but also will be a pleasure to work with.
Brigitte is one of our most experienced French teachers. She has been teaching adults, children and groups with passion, sensitivity and expertise for many years. She is skilled in quickly adapting her teaching to meet the needs of her students. Brigitte is French and is also a Swiss citizen. She speaks very good German and will expertly help you to overcome the language barrier. You are in good hands with Brigitte – she is looking forward to her lessons with you!
Why is my teacher not listed here?
We work closely together with many other fantastic teachers, but are unable to fit them all on one page! If you can't find your teacher on here, don't worry! All nativespeakers.ch teachers are hand-picked gems!
A selection of our translators and proofreaders
Translator and proofreader - English native speaker
Bachelor of Arts (German and Chinese), Trinity Certificate TESOL
Chris has a background in banking, a degree in languages, and 20 years of experience in translations and proofreading. Chris has a meticulous approach to his work and his reliability makes him a pleasure to work with. He is prepared to do research and familiarise himself with the necessary terms in your particular field.
Translator and proofreader - English native speaker
M.A. (Hons) in Languages, Interpreting and Translation (French/German), MITI
Marie has loved languages since she discovered French at the age of four. After picking up German and (now rusty) Japanese, she went on to study interpreting and translation at prestigious institutions in the UK, France and Austria before heading home to focus on her passion for English communication. Since then, she has never stopped learning – and her ongoing copywriting and legal training (she’s a qualified legal secretary!) give her an edge in her specialist fields: business, marketing and law. A self-confessed perfectionist with a keen eye for detail, Marie always makes sure clients receive nothing less than a flawless text that’s carefully tailored to their needs. Whether you need high-end marketing materials, pivotal legal contracts or impressive annual reports, your reputation is safe with her.
Translator and proofreader - German native speaker
Qualified Translator. MSc in Translation and Conference Interpreting
Karoline knew from an early age that she wanted to work as a translator and interpreter. After successfully graduating from high school, she commenced her studies at FTSK in Gemersheim, Germany. Once she had gained her degree, she pursued her career in Edinburgh. Since 2008 she has been working as a freelance translator and interpreter. She translates from English, French and Russian into German and specialises in IT, SEO, marketing and medicine.
Karoline is involved in professional associations and is an active member of NZSTI, AITI and DVÜD. She attaches great importance to professional development andregularly attends conferences of translators and congresses in her specialist areas, and participates in Webinars. In 2012 she moved from Scotland via Canada to New Zealand, where she has been living ever since. There she can be found in the summer months in the ocean, enjoying her hobbies of diving, snorkeling and surfing.
Sarah comes from England and has lived in Switzerland for 30 years. She has a perfect command of both English and German and has gathered 12 years of experience in translating and proofreading for renowned educational institutes and businesses. Sarah is the owner of nativespeakers.ch and leader of the pack. She guides the company and the team well in her creative and warm-hearted way and with her flair for business. You can always rely on her!
Head of translation services
Beate comes from Germany and lives with her family in Switzerland. Her English is of such a high standard that she is considered bilingual, and she has many years of experience in translations. Beate is primarily responsible for translations and proofreading in all language combinations. She will answer any question you may have on these topics and will select qualified translators and proofreaders, who will undertake your project professionally and provide a product of the highest quality. Our customers appreciate her friendly, knowledgeable and extremely reliable character. Get in touch with her – she is always ready to help you!
Head of language studies
Carl was born in Stockholm and grew up in Switzerland. He is fluent in German and Swedish and has excellent spoken and written English. Carl studied History, Economics and Scandinavian Literature at the Universities of Zurich, Lausanne and Stockholm. After this he gained an additional qualification in Management and worked as Programme Manager and Associate Dean at two renowned international business schools in Switzerland. As Head of Language Studies, Carl is responsible for the coordination of our language teaching and is your go-to person when you are looking for the right language teacher.
Preja is from Switzerland and her mother is from New Zealand. As a result she speaks German and Swiss German fluently, and also has English as a mother tongue. She supports the nativespeakers.ch team wherever needed, and substitutes for those who are away. Her friendliness, commitment to customer service and upbeat nature make her an important member of the team and she is also highly respected by our customers.
EMIL, THEO AND LILA
We like food and walkies, and try to keep office morale high!
Other team members
To complement our core team of teachers and translators, we collaborate with a number of other experienced teachers, translators and proofreaders.