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Division Head Pre-Kindergarten

 

Division Head Pre-Kindergarten

Melanie Thomson has been involved in the education sector in Spain, the UK and Switzerland since 1991. After receiving her TESOL certificate to teach English as a second language, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She grew up in a bilingual home in Switzerland and the UK, and has taught from pre-nursery to adults, gaining valuable experience in bilingual teaching environments. She spent five years as the director of a British summer school in Madrid, and has written and taught professional development courses for teachers in Spain. She taught musical initiation to Kindergarten children, set-up and ran a music playgroup in 2001 and an international playgroup in 2003. After moving to Switzerland, she joined the team at Lakeside School Küsnacht in August 2006. Since 2008 she has been the Division Head of the Kindergarten, as well as the Pre-Kindergarten from 2017. In August 2018 she took on the role of the Deputy Head of School

Patricia Pollow

 

Pre-Kindergarten Assistentin

Patricia Pollow was born and raised in Tema, Ghana. She studied marketing at the Institute of management studies Accra. When she moved to Switzerland, she worked and enrolled as a distant student with the Chartered Institute of Marketing(CIM UK) where she acquired a professional certificate in marketing. She taught voluntarily at a Sunday school class for a few years and recognized her passion for teaching and assisting pupils. Patricia is a certified teaching assistant and trained at Foundation for Learning Zürich. She worked at Campus Zollikerberg (secondary level), Inter-Community School (primary level) and SIS Wolishofen supporting students with learning challenges and assisting teachers with classroom activities/supervision. She is experienced and skilled in the bilingual schools' settings. She is married and enjoys reading, hiking and writing songs. Patricia Pollow joined Lakeside school Team in August 2017.

Sabrina Franjic

 

Pre-Kindergarten Deutsch 

Sabrina Franjic hat Ihre Wurzeln in Deutschland und kommt vom Bodensee. Nach wertvollen Erfahrungen in der Wirtschaft entschied sie sich aus Passion Ihrem Herzen zu folgen und studierte Kindheitspädagogik. Ihren Bachelor of Arts schloss sie erfolgreich an der Pädagogischen Hochschule im Weingarten (D) ab.

Seit dem Jahr 2011 konnte Sie verschiedene Erfahrungen bei der Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen im Bereich der sozialpädagogischen Betreuung sowie dem Unterrichten sammeln. Im Jahr 2018 verliess Frau Franjic Deutschland und begab sich für ein Jahr auf Sprach- und Kulturreise. Seither lebt sie glücklich im Herzen Zürichs und arbeitet als Kindergärtnerin in einer bilingualen Schule. Mit grosser Freude wird Sie ab August 2020 in der Lakeside School Küsnacht arbeiten.

Sarah Houlston

 

Pre-Kindergarten Englisch 

Sarah Houlston is an Early Years Professional from the South East of England. On completing her BTEC in Early years in 2002, Sarah went on to work in variety of Early Years establishments. In 2011 Sarah was awarded her Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, UK and in 2012 gained Early Years Professional Status. Sarah managed a special needs nursery and day nursery setting before coming to live in Switzerland in 2014. Since relocating to Switzerland she has been working as a Kindergarten teacher in a bilingual provision, gaining valuable professional development in a bilingual system. Sarah Houlston joined Lakeside School in 2017.

Sarah Upton

 

Pre-Kindergarten Englisch 

Sarah Upton is an Early Years teacher from the south of England. She has been involved in education in England and Switzerland since 1986.Sarah originally trained as a secondary school mathematics teacher, with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of York and a postgraduate certificate of education, which she taught for seven years.

Sarah then moved to Switzerland with her family in 1994 and retrained as an Early Years teacher in 1998 when she was awarded her Diploma in Preschool practice from the Preschool Learning Alliance in the UK. Since then Sarah has run her own international preschool for 11 years, and then worked at three different international schools in Zurich, Baar and Zug, including bilingual, for the last 12 years.When she is not teaching she enjoys film, theatre, gardening, fitness and travel. Sarah Upton joined Lakeside school in August 2020.

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