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Maribel Zemp

Primary School Teacher Grade 1 & 2 (German)

Maribel Zemp grew up in Aargau and completed her studies at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Zofingen. From 2012-2017, she taught numerous classes at the primary school in Dintikon. In addition, while working in Dintikon, she worked with giftedness and also completed her masters in “Integrative Giftedness and Gifted Support” in Liestal. Thereafter she worked for a year in different classes in Fahrwangen in order to apply the results of her master’s thesis of highly gifted in regular lessons. As of August 2018 she began teaching at Lakeside School Horgen.

Kiana Mantel

Primary School Teacher Grade 1 & 2 (English)

Kiana Mantel was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. There she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences at Monash University. After completing this degree, a love of travel and interest in other cultures led Ms. Mantel on extensive travels predominantly throughout Asia. When she returned to Melbourne for her son to attend primary school, she set up and ran a yoga school for five years. She moved to Far North Queensland in 2006 and returned to study a Post Graduate Degree in Education at James Cook University. On completion of her studies, she taught for three years in Australia before immigrating to Switzerland. Ms. Mantel worked at another bilingual school for two year teaching Grades 1 & 2 followed by Grades 2 & 3.  Ms. Mantel joined Lakeside School Küsnacht in August 2014, teaching Grade 4 and 5 and changed to Lakeside School Horgen in August 2016.

Carla Caviezel

Primary School Teacher Grade 3 & 4 (German) 80%

Carla Caviezel was born and raised in Chur. After she completed her initial studies of pedagogy, she completed her primary teacher certification from 2010-2013 at the Pädagogischen Hochschule Graubünden. Her bachelor’s thesis focused on theater pedagogy whereby she had to write and put on a play bringing together on stage children both with and without speical needs. Before and during her primary teacher training, she undertook numerous English courses in England, Italy and the USA. After three years as a classroom teacher for the lower grades at a school in Eglisau, Frau Caviezel started working at Lakeside School Horgen in 2016.

Carmen Scheidegger

Primary School Teacher Grade 3 & 4 (German) 20%

Carmen Scheidegger, born and raised in the mountains of Valais, moved to the Lake of Zurich in 1996 after completing her Matura in Brig. In 2000, she successfully completed her primary teacher training at the Seminar Unterstrass in Zurich and then worked for 20 years as a primary teacher in the canton of Zurich. Additionally, she attended the CAS e-Learning Design and the CAS PICTS at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Lucerne and Zurich. Since August 2020, Ms. Scheidegger has been working as a pedagogical ICT supporter (PICTS) at the school in Thalwil and supports both students and teachers in teaching with digital media.

Brenda Reimann

Primary School Teacher Grade 3 & 4 (English)

Brenda Reimann comes from Colorado, USA and holds honors degrees in both business administration and primary education. She has 18 years of teaching experience in all levels from Kindergarten through Grade 6. Her journey in education began in 2000 at Munich International School. Following this experience, she taught in Colorado from 2001-2007 and relocated to Switzerland in 2008. Ms. Reimann has been employed in bilingual education since 2009 and has leadership experience as a team leader and mentor. Ms. Reimann joined Lakeside School Horgen in August 2017.

Elfriede Folta

Primary School Teacher Grade 5 & 6 (German)

Elfriede Folta was born in northern Germany and graduated from the University of Bremen with a degree in teaching. After the internship in Bremen she took time off to bring up her two children. At the end of the 1990’s the family moved to Ghana in West Africa where she spent fourteen years working at the Swiss School in Accra. As a class teacher in primary and a subject teacher in the secondary classes, she acquired experience in all aspects of teaching, in particular in mixed age classes. Frau Folta continued to train and develop with various courses. In 2009, she was involved in a restructuring of the German-Swiss cooperation school and their bilingual project. She loves teaching multicultural children and working in an international teaching team and was pleased to be able to continue in such an environment when she joined Lakeside School Horgen in 2011.

Geoffrey Eisenstat

Primary School Teacher Grade 5 & 6 (English)

Geoffrey Eisenstat was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Ottawa, followed by a Bachelor of Education degree at Lakeside University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He traveled to South Korea where he taught English before returning to Canada to teach in various schools in the Toronto region. Upon his move to Switzerland in 2009, Geoffrey was a substitute teacher for several international schools including the Inter-Community School Zürich, the International School – Zurich North and Lakeside School Horgen. At the International School of Schaffhausen, he spent seven years as both a classroom teacher as well as the school’s Athletic Director. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, and learning about other cultures, as he has both lived and worked in the Bahamas, Mexico, and New York City. He is also a certified basketball coach, spending several years coaching youth teams, both in Switzerland and in Canada, and is currently coaching university students of ETH and the University of Zurich. Mr. Eisenstat joined Lakeside School Küsnacht in August 2020 and moved to Lakeside School Horgen in August 2021.

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