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.
TEFL, Seven years experience at SIS, Swiss International School, will complete CELTA in 2018
Harry is from Cambridge and brings a little bit of Britain to each lesson. He creates a highly motivating environment for learning, and has a talent for quickly building the confidence of the learner (in particular their speaking skills). Harry uses a wealth of “real-world” experience when teaching English.
Prior to working at an International School in Zurich for seven years, he was a TV Producer in London. He covered two FIFA World Cups, the Champions League, Premiere League and the London Olympics, working across Europe, North America, Asia and the Far East.
In his free time, Harry plays basketball, reads a lot, and is passionate about film. A part from the irritating halftime breaks at the cinema, he loves life in Switzerland!
B.A. Hons. Sociology, Geography and Political Science (NUIG), Masters of Education in Applied Linguistics (MEd.) (Open University), CELTA
John is originally from Galway City, Ireland and has been living in Switzerland since 2003. He is a native speaker of English, but he also speaks German. With over 15 years of experience teaching English, John joined nativespeakers.ch after 7 years at Bezirksschule Windisch, where he was also a class teacher.
With vast experience in Cambridge PET, First Certificate, Advanced, Proficiency, BEC and IELTS, John specialises in fluency and activating passive English through speaking. He has conducted extensive research into blended learning and web assisted language learning in classroom settings. John has also written a novel, which he is preparing for publication.
Bachelor of Music and Master of Musicology(Manchester University), Goethe Certificate C2 (Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom), CELTA.
Amy grew up and studied in North England before moving to London, where she worked as Office Manager for a violin maker and dealer for a number of years. The CELTA course provided Amy with a ‘stop-gap’ career opportunity after she moved to Switzerland in 2015, but it didn’t take long for her to realise that she actually really enjoyed teaching. The challenge provided by the individual needs of each learner mean that there is no such thing as a boring day. Through her own experience of learning German, Amy is able to understand the frustrations, and anticipate some of the pitfalls, that learning English brings with it.
M.A. 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.
Robert is also one of our translators and proofreaders for English and Italian.
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.
Dr. phil. II Biochemistry, Certified Interaction Designer, MAS TanzKultur (Dance & Culture)
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.
lic. phil. French & Italian, High School Teaching Diploma, SVEB Trainer
From conversation classes to individual tutoring and structured diploma preparation courses
David has taught at high school as well as at FMS, HMS and IMS for more than 20 years. Over the last 10 years he has gained in-depth expertise and extensive experience in adult education. He makes use of a wide variety of teaching formats, such as language cafés, diploma courses, and individual and group lessons. After gaining the Swiss Federal Certificate of Competence for Trainers (SVEB 2) in 2012, he has been continually refining his skills and specialises in facilitation techniques and teaching for individual learning styles. His broad range of experience, his holistic approach to teaching and his customer focus are hallmarks of his modern foreign language coaching. David speaks German, French, English and Italian.
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!
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!
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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
English native speakers
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.
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.
German native speakers
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.
M.A. English Literature & Linguistics and History, High School Teaching Diploma
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. Céline supports the nativespeakers.ch team with administrative tasks, marketing and customer service.
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.