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Subject Teachers

Nicole Albani

Subject Teacher French

Nicole Albani was born in the south of France. In 1994 she married and moved to Zurich. To transmit her passion and love for the French language, culture and literature, she studied for three years to get the State Diploma of Teaching French as a Foreign Language (DAEFLE). In 2006 she began her teaching career in Zurich focusing on language and culture of origin (Cours FLAM). In parallel, she taught French as part of the “Mother Tongue Maintenance Program” for non-French speaking children at Le Lycée Français de Zurich and also English and German speaking children at the Inter-Community School in Zumikon. Madame Albani has been teaching at Lakeisde School Horgen and Küsnacht since 2012.

Peter Gilbert

Subject Teacher Sports, Music and ESL (English as a Second Language)

Division Head Primary

Peter Gilbert grew up in the heart of England and studied drama and education at the University of Warwick, gaining a BA Honours with Qualified Teaching Status. Since graduating in 2004, Mr. Gilbert has taught in small village and large city schools as well as a variety of private international schools. Since arriving in Switzerland in 2007, Mr Gilbert has gained valuable teaching experience in bilingual and ESL education across the kindergarten and primary age range.

During his teaching career Mr. Gilbert trained as a Physical Education Link Teacher, teaching curriculum sport, organising and coaching teams, as well as coordinating with school sport leaders from other local schools.

Mr. Gilbert joined Lakeside School Horgen in 2014.

Jürgen Franck

Technical (TICTS) and Pedagogical (PICTS) ICT Support  

Jürgen Franck has his professional roots in the graphic arts industry. For many years, he has worked as a certified vocational school teacher in basic and advanced training whereby computer science has always been of importance. He works for both schools in the Technical and Pedagogical ICT Support (TICTS/PICTS) area. He also advises and assists the school management in the implementation of the Lakeside School's computer science concept. For 20 years, the German-Swiss dual citizen has lived with his family in the Zurich Unterland. Gardening and swimming are among his hobbies.


Erika Jäger

Subject Teacher Learning Support  & DaZ (German as a Second Language) 

Erika Jäger was born in Ambler, Pennsylvania to a Swiss father and a Canadian mother.

Frau Jäger moved back to Switzerland for primary and secondary school. She then completed a commercial apprenticeship at the KV Zürich Business School and worked in business administration at the University Hospital of Zürich. After receiving her degree, Frau Jäger moved back to the United States to earn a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood on an athletic scholarship.

Frau Jäger, who is perfectly bilingual, taught mainly Grade 1 and 2 as well as Kindergarten at Lakeside School Horgen since 2008. In addition, in 2012 she became Divison Head Primary. After an extended maternity leave, Ms. Jäger returned to Lakeside School in January 2017. Over the past years she has completed professional training in special needs, AD(H)D/ASD coaching and gifted support and now works part-time as DaZ (in Kindergarten 2) and learning support teacher.


Joanne Postma

Subject Teacher Drama (English)

Joanne Postma was born in Canada and is a dual Canadian and Dutch citizen.  She studied Theatre, English Literature and Education at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario and graduated in 2002. She has been teaching, directing, designing, devising and writing various theatre performances for youth ages 3-18 since then. Her education in theatre training has taken her to various cities in Canada, England, Dubai, France, and various cities all over Switzerland.  An avid Set Designer and Director, she has an expansive portfolio, including acting coaching for the LAMDA examination program, and involvement and leadership of many styles of theatre; from directing and designing Disney themed musical flashiness, moving historical drama, classical clowning technique, absurdist modern comedy and improvisational street performance. In the 2017-18 school year she worked at our school as music teacher.
Currently teaching Drama at various international and bilingual schools in Switzerland, she joined Lakeside School Küsnacht as of October 2018 and Lakeside School Horgen in August 2020.

Yvonne Scarabello - Copy

Subject Teacher Textile and Technical Crafts​ (German)

Yvonne Scarabello was raised in Frauenfeld TG. After a four year apprenticeship as a skinner and an additional year at the School of Applied Arts (now the ZHdK), she studied and graduated from the F&F School for Art and Media Design with a Fine Arts diploma. Since then she has been working as a freelance artist. Ms. Scarabello is committed to sharing her fascination for textile design and general handicrafts with children and teenagers. Since 2008 she has been working as a handicrafts teacher and substituting at various levels in different schools. She covered maternity leave several times at both Lakeside School Horgen and Küsnacht. As of 2015 she joined the Lakeside School Horgen team.

Samuel Schoepke

Subject Teacher Sports 

Samuel Schoepke grew up in Windisch and holds a master's degree in geography and sports science from the University of Bern. In addition, he will complete his training as a sports teacher at the University of Teacher Education in Bern this summer.

Samuel Schoepke is a passionate skier and grew up playing multiple sports. During his his time at university, his focus was on swimming, apparatus gymnastics as well as J&S leadership courses (cross-country skiing, skiing and school sports).

At Lakeside School, Samuel Schoepke will be teaching sports and swimming as of August 2022.


Erika Taylor-Rabe

Swimming Teacher

Erika Taylor-Rabe was born and grew up in South Africa with an older and a younger sister. 

In 1991 Mrs Taylor graduated from university with a B.Sc.Home Economics and a Higher Diploma in Education. Having lived in Zurich from 1999 to 2005, she left for 6 years and returned in 2011. While her son attended Grade 4-6, she was a stay-at-home mother, helping with the Elternrat, Gattikon Dorfverein and Thalwil Ludothek to contribute to the local community.

Ms. Taylor also joined the master's group in Thalwil's swimming club to train with other adults. In 2014, she started teaching different groups for Thalwil's swimming club including the kids’ groups. In addition to teaching in Thalwil, Ms. Taylor now teaches at K-Swim Swimming School and also provides private swimming lessons.

Water is her element and she loves swimming. She is very passionate about teaching. It gives her the utmost pleasure to motivate and build up confidence in others, no matter their age. She joined Lakeside School Horgen in February 2020. 

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