OUR STAFF

We have an experienced and dedicated team of teachers who are all native speakers. We also have a small administration team and our office is open Monday-Friday from 9-12.

We would love to meet you in person.  Please telephone 043 305 9250 for an appointment to visit the school and talk about your child’s individual needs, or send us an email.

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Carol Conzelmann, Club Office Manager

Carol is from Shropshire in the UK and studied and worked in Oxford, Cambridge and London.  She lived in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai for 10 years, where she worked as a Fashion Buyer/Merchandise Manager.  She met her Swiss husband Stefan in Hong Kong and they moved to Uster in 2008, where she was very happy to find a new home at the WAC.  She now lives in Wermatswil with Stefan, their children Matti and Lia, plus cat brothers Nero and Pharaoh.  Carol volunteered at the WAC for several years and served as President from 2011-2013.  She has been our Club Office Manager since 2014 and also works part-time as an English teacher.  Carol loves holidays, hiking, reading and cooking Asian food.

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Ida Imbach, School Director / Teacher Reading & Writing

Ida was born and grew up in the Philippines and has Swiss, Spanish and Italian roots. She lived and worked in Manila until moving to Switzerland in 1984. After working for a few years, she got married, had a daughter and was a stay at home mom. Ida did some private tutoring and worked as a therapist for an autistic child until she accepted a teaching job at the WAC in 2002. Ida has taught Preschool, Fun with English (ESL) and Reading & Writing Classes and became our School Director in 2008.

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Stephanie Flury, Bookkeeper / Teacher ESL

Stephanie has been part of the WAC team since 2011. She is originally from the US and studied there. Stephanie has taught children of various ages in both the States and Switzerland. Currently, Stephanie teaches English as a Second Language to levels 3/4 and also uses her business skills as WAC Bookkeeper. Stephanie has one daughter and in her spare time, enjoys art, baking, reading and taking walks in beautiful Switzerland.

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Yvonne Bernet, Teacher Reading & Writing

Yvonne studied in Aberdeen, Scotland and taught music in secondary and special needs schools in Glasgow and Edinburgh. She moved to Switzerland in 2000 with her Swiss husband, Roland. She has two children - Fabienne and Andre, and two guinea pigs - Lucy and Isla. Yvonne has been teaching various classes at the WAC since 2001 and her children have attended (and still enjoy) the WAC. Yvonne is a regular at the Monday evening Pilates classes. She enjoys skiing, cycling, hill walking, reading, playing the piano and spending time with friends and family. Yvonne feels it is the WAC that has played the biggest role in helping her to settle in Switzerland, providing her with part-time employment whilst raising a family and of course the opportunity to socialize and develop friendships.

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Caryn Leudhardt, Teacher Reading & Writing / Explorers

Caryn comes from Durban, South Africa and she moved to Zurich in January 2009. She has two daughters who were 10 and 8 years old when they first arrived in Switzerland, and they have both successfully gone through the Swiss school system. Caryn has been teaching for over 20 years and in South Africa, she taught at high school and tertiary level. She joined the WAC teaching team in 2010 as a Reading & Writing teacher and added Explorers in 2011. She developed the higher levels of our Reading and Writing program to include preparation for the Cambridge PET, First and Advanced Certificates. She also teaches native English speakers at the Secondary Schools in Uster. She feels very fortunate to be able to say that she loves her job.

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Sharon Billing, Teacher Preschool / Explorers / Lunch Club

Sharon is from the UK and moved to Switzerland 18 years ago and lives in Hittnau with her husband. In 2002 she started working as an assistant teacher at Rainbow School and after 2 years of training, started taking her own classes. After the school closed she continued teaching the children at the parent’s request and also welcomed new children. She was approached by the WAC to set up the Lunch Club in 2007 and has extended her role over the years to include Preschool and Explorers classes. Sharon likes to travel and her main hobbies are walking, cooking and making her own jewelry.

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Kate Eibeck, Teacher ESL

Originally from the sunny south coast of England, Kate is a UK-qualified translator and English Language Teacher. She lived and worked in the UK, Spain and Germany before settling in Switzerland with her husband Michael. Their three sons, Tobias, Nicolai and Sam, are all WAC veterans and the family have been WAC members for twenty years! Kate has taught English at all levels and to all age groups and is passionate about the English language. Other hobbies include travel, coastal walks, Pilates and reading. Kate loves teaching ESL at the WAC and strongly believes that the key to success in a language is motivation and therefore strives to create a positive learning environment for her students at all times.

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Heather Nägeli, Teacher Preschool / ESL

Heather is a native English speaker and studied in the US. She married a Swiss man and has lived in Switzerland since 1996. She has two children, aged 15 and 11. Heather has been working with and teaching children in various capacities for more than thirty years. For the last ten years she has enjoyed teaching at the WAC. She says that being a teacher brings her much joy, and it is the best job ever! When she has time, Heather enjoys cooking, painting and she loves to travel.

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Sangeeta Khandelwal, Assistant Teacher

Sangeeta is originally from Jaipur in India and she lives in Erlenbach. She has been a member of our teaching team at the WAC for over 10 years and regularly assists preschool lessons.

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Bettina Stiefel, Swiss German Playgroup Leader

Bettina was born in Zurich and moved to Volketswil when she was 10 years old. She completed a banking apprenticeship and worked at a private bank for 3 years, whilst saving for a world trip which took her to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Afterwards she worked for an American company in Marketing. In 1990 the first of her 3 children was born and she became a full time mom, which was her best job ever. Bettina was offered a job as Playgroup Leader and completed her certification. Her children attended the WAC in Volketswil and Bettina volunteered in the Library and as Business Chairperson. In 2004, she was asked to lead a Swiss German playgroup for the WAC, a role that she still enjoys today.

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Loredana Cappiello, Swiss German Playgroup Leader

Loredana is Italian, and was born and attended school in Switzerland. She has lived in Uster since 2007 and has a daughter. In 2012, Loredana completed her education as a Playgroup Leader, and in the same year she started working as an Assistant at the WAC Swiss German Playgroup. Today, she continues to work at the WAC and at other Playgroups. Loredana enjoys creating crafts, reading stories and helping children to learn Swiss German in a playful and fun way.

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Marisa Rapisarda, Swiss German Playgroup Assistant

Marisa lives in Uster with her family. She has a brother, who also lives in Uster. Her parents are from Italy and have lived in Uster for over 50 years. Marisa has 2 children, Mattia who is 11 and Ilaria who is 14, and they also have a cat called Max. Marisa completed a commercial apprenticeship and since the birth of her children, has worked part time as a Secretary at the Botanical Garden in Grünigen. She started working at the WAC in 2016 as Playgroup Assistant. She loves children and enjoys working with them. Her hobbies are reading, dancing and swimming.