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Karen Buck

Kindergarten Teacher (English)

Karen Buck was born and educated in Scotland, obtaining her SNNEB certification in 1988. Seeking a new challenge, Karen headed to Paris in 1988 where she discovered her twin passions of educating children and foreign travel. Two years later, Mrs Buck moved on to the European quarter of Brussels where she met her husband. Traveling and working in various European countries, Mrs Buck gained extensive experience by teaching in international schools in Brussels, Frankfurt, and Luxembourg. In 2014, Mrs Buck and her husband settled in Horgen where she has successfully taught a wide range of both children and adults with varying needs and goals. She joined Lakeside School, in 2020, as a grade 1-5 substitute teacher and is now providing regular cover in the kindergarten team.

Madlen Burghart

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (German)

Madlen Burghart comes from Freiburg in Breisgau where she spent three years studying ‘Social Pedagogy’. After an internship at a sport kindergarten, she completed her studies  to become a qualified kindergarten teacher. After working in a nursery school in Freiburg for one and half years, Frau Burghart moved to Zurich in September 2010 and has since been working at Lakeside School Horgen in Pre-Kindergarten.

Sibylle Gribnau

Kindergarten Teacher (German)

Sibylle Gribnau, a Swiss/American citizen born in Horgen and married with three grown up children has been teaching for almost 30 years. In 1988 she began teaching public kindergarten for a few years in Regensberg ZH. Later she moved to San Diego, California where she taught Montessori kindergarten for many years. She brings her passion for bilingual education, music, singing and movement to the classroom. Ms. Gribnau was substituting during a maternity leave for three months in 2016 at Lakeside School Horgen. She started in March 2018 as a kindergarten teacher in a fixed position. 

Sue Huber

Kindergarten Teacher (English)

Sue Huber grew up in England but has lived for many years in Switzerland with her Swiss husband. Having gained a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of London, Ms. Huber taught in England, Australia, and at the International School of Basel where she specialized in the development of English as a second language. For the past fifteen years she has worked in bilingual kindergarten education and for the first five years at her previous school she was responsible for establishing and developing the kindergarten department along with a Swiss partner teacher. Ms. Huber very much appreciates the playful, imaginative ways of young children and their enthusiasm for learning. She started working at Lakeside School Horgen in August 2016.


Andrea Köhler

Kindergarten Teacher (English)

Andrea Köhler studied Psychology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and worked for five years in assessment and treatment homes for troubled teens. Desiring to travel, she became a certified TESOL teacher (teaching English as a second language) and landed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she taught in a bilingual kindergarten for two years. After coming to Switzerland, she also worked at ZIS (Zurich International School in Wädenswil) in kindergarten for two years. There, she was able to complete an internship and be certified as a Kindergarten/Primary Education teacher from the College of New Jersey. After taking a four year break for her family, and has been working at Lakeside School Horgen since 2009 in kindergarten.

Franziska Landau

Kindergarten Teacher (German) - 2021/2022 School Year

Franziska Landau grew up on Lake Constance where she completed her training as a kindergarten teacher. After two years of teaching she devoted herself - in addition to pedagogy - to one of her other passions: art. She studied visual communication and design in Lucerne and graduated with diplomas in Art and Design, Fine Arts and Crafts, and Visual Design.

In her professional career, Franziska Landau worked at the Zurich Department of Education Talent Department: first as a learning support teacher for art and then as head of the Talent Department. The last twelve years she taught at the public school in Zumikon and in a bilingual kindergarten in Rüschlikon. Now she is looking forward to joining the team for the children at Lakeside School for the new school year.

Cathy Long

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (English)

Cathy Long moved from England to live in Switzerland with her family in 2008. She has always worked with children and young people and founded and managed the Warwickshire Young Carer's Project for many years. The project managed the establishment of a young carer's project with initial social services funding to support children aged 8 - 18 years with long term social and health problems. Ms. Long has a first class honours degree in Health and Social Care and a Masters in Education. She joined Lakeside School in January 2013 assisting Pre-Kindergarten and in August 2020 she moved into the role as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher.

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