Front: Annemarie, Liz, Silvy, Angie, Gigi, Camille, Niki
Back: Jude, Rosie, Bethany, Becky, Diane, Anna, Laia Sarah, Halimah and Fay (absent; Bronwyn)
The staff at Stepping Stones have been carefully chosen for their experience and understanding of early childhood education. They have an abundance of patience and truly understand the needs of young children. Their ready smiles and warm hearts help the children to feel welcome and secure. This professional and caring environment gives the children and their families a secure base, which is welcomed in this expat community.
Teacher Team in the Fish Class
– Playgroup –
Rosie, Angie, Fay, Anna and Camille
Teacher Team in the Mice Class
– Pre-school –
Silvy, Niki, Gigi and Annemarie
Teacher Team in the Owl Class
– Pre-kindergarten –
Liz, Halimah Sarah and Becky
Teacher Team in the Bear Class
– Kindergarten –
Jude and Laia
Rosie, Silvy, Niki, Bethany and Diane
Annemarie, Liz and Fay
Angie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has long experience working with children in the field of School Psychology. She is a certified childcare professional in Canton Zug, and first joined Stepping Stones in 2009. Her softly spoken nature and her kind and gentle way with the children, allows her to form a special trust and bond, with even the youngest pupils at Stepping Stones. Following the birth of her second child in 2017, Angie opted for an extended maternity leave. In October, she will return to Stepping Stones and teach the Tuesday/Thursday Fish Group. In her free time Angie enjoys swimming and practicing Yoga, also takes pleasure in travelling with her young family.
Anna has an Early Childhood Development (Swiss FABE) diploma and has been at Stepping Stones since 2014. Interested in Special Needs, Anna is in the process of further education in this field. She is the class teacher for the second Fish group, Monday to Friday. Being sensitive to the individual needs of the children Anna is able to guide and supports the children in their development. Anna loves fashion and her fun-loving attitude to style, is reflected in her daily activities with the children.
One of the founding members of Stepping Stones, Annemarie has a BA in Art History and a diploma in Early Childhood Play and Development. A qualified HANDLE screener and KOST therapist, she keeps up to date in this field by attending courses in childhood development, including Brain Gym and language development. This year Annemarie has chosen to step back from teaching and invest her time in the administration side of Stepping Stones, while still overseeing the Mouse group. During her free time Annemarie enjoys a game of tennis and is mum to three grown up children.
Qualified as an Induction Year Teacher in Primary Education as well as holding a BSc degree in Secondary and Physical Education with QTS, Becky is passionate about teaching. Having worked in the United Kingdom, Brussels and Switzerland, Becky joined Stepping Stones at the beginning of this school year. She co-teaches the Owls on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and assist Laia in the Bear class on Friday. A keen and accomplished sportswoman, Becky enthuses the children with her energy and passion.
Mother of two, Bethany joined the Stepping Stones team at the beginning of this school year. She holds a BA degree in Communication and Cultural Studies as well as a TEFL diploma for teaching English as a foreign language. Bethany is an auxiliary staff member on Monday and Friday. Always ready with a friendly smile and a helping hand Bethany has quickly become part of the Stepping Stones team. Travelling and spending time with her family keeps her busy in her spare time.
Before moving to Switzerland, Bronwyn worked in the insurance industry in her native South Africa and then for 10 years in the UK. Bronwyn first joined Stepping Stones as a parent, but soon became part of the teaching team as one of our regular supply teachers. This year Bronwyn is a permanent member of the auxiliary team on Thursday. With her always ready smile, warm heart and can-do attitude, Bronwyn is much appreciated by all. A passionate baker, she runs her own baking business. The rest of her spare time is taken up by her three young children.
Camille joined our team in 2018 and is now in her second year as an apprentice. During the next two years, she will complete the Early Childhood Development (Swiss FABE) diploma. On Monday to Wednesday Camille assists in the Fish group. Camille’s attentive and caring nature allows her to establish a bond with the children. During her free time Camille loves to explore different cultures and countries, especially spending time at the ocean, her happy place.
Diane joined the Stepping Stones team in 2007, first as an assistant and later as one of the Mouse teachers. During this time Diane attended a teaching assistant course and HANDLE workshops. Since 2015 Diane has been responsible for the meal planning and purchasing at Stepping Stones. She is at school Monday to Friday and keeps the day to day running of the school on track, looking after all the household needs of our busy and bustling school. She is an example to the children, supporting them in following our newly incorporated environmentally friendly attitude. Diane likes to attend fitness classes including yoga and is mum to three grown up children.
One of the owners at Stepping Stones, Fay holds a BS PLUS degree in Education and has been at Stepping Stones since 2004. Over the years Fay has attended various courses including creative learning and HANDLE workshops. She joined the management team in 2016 and is the class teacher Monday to Friday in the Fish group. With her nurturing nature and backpack full of patience, Fay makes every child feel special and welcome. She is a passionate diver, so spends time with fish, even in her free time!
After completing her Early Childhood Development (Swiss FABE) diploma at Stepping Stones in 2012, Gigi worked at other childhood centers to gain further experience. She returned to Stepping Stones in 2016 further qualified as a mentor in the Swiss apprenticeship program. She teaches the Mouse group Monday to Friday. With her unwavering empathy for children and friendly nature she stimulates the children with age appropriate activities and games promoting the development of fine and gross motor skills. She is a passionate footballer and also teaches Playball in her free time.
In 2014 Halimah joined the team and has a BA in Early Childhood Studies as well as a PYP (IB) Diploma. She has previously worked in the United Kingdom and Sweden. A passionate yoga teacher, including a specialised diploma to teach children, she incorporates mindfulness and yoga techniques into her teaching days. Halimah teaches the Owl group on Monday to Friday. Always friendly and warm, she is able to communicate with the children on their level. In her free time, Halimah is an active member of the English Theatre Group of Zug.
Jude joined Stepping Stones in 2008 and has a PGCE in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in International Education. She also holds a BSc in Psychology degree. She furthers her knowledge in this field by attending courses, including one for special needs. She is the head of the Bear teachers and teaches on Monday to Thursday. With her feet firmly on the ground, Jude offers the children a stable base from where to grow and reach their full potential. The confidence gained from this, spurs on their independence, a vital step in preparation for Primary school. Jude is kept busy at home with her two little ones or can be found exploring the coast of Croatia.
Teaching the Bears Monday to Friday, Laia has a BA in Primary School Education as well as a Special Needs Qualification. Always eager to improve her knowledge, she recently completed a PGCE bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Laia joined the Stepping Stones team in 2018. She has an abundance of ideas, inspiring the children and her fellow team members alike. She excels at developing the children’s competence through meaningful experiences. In her free time, she loves to travel and if she could, would travel to Hogwarts!
A founding member of Stepping Stones, Liz has a diploma in NNEB Early Childhood Education and Development as well a diploma in teaching English. She is a qualified aerobics teacher with an emphasis on nutrition and has recently completed a Kids Sports Instructor course from BASPO. Her passion for sport is reflected in her day to day lesson plans. She teaches the Owl group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and co-teaches on Tuesday and Thursday. Liz is able to motivate the children to reach goals they did not believe they could. She attains this by setting small reachable milestones, offering support, until the final step is reached. Mum of three, Liz spends her free time teaching gymnastics both here at school and in a club.
Niki joined Stepping Stones in 2017 and has a PGCE Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development as well as a business degree from UNISA. She is also TESOL qualified to teach English as a foreign language to children and adults. She keeps up to date in her current field, by attending workshops around Early Childhood Development and is currently attending a course on mindfulness. Niki teaches the Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mouse group. During the rest of the week she assists as one of our auxiliary staff members. Her caring, positive nature and her ability to listen to and understand the children’s needs, allows her to offer constructive support. A cat lover and sports enthusiast she also likes to travel.
Rosie joined the Stepping Stones team in 2008 and has been a valuable assistant ever since. She has attended courses around class assisting and in Early Childhood Development. This year Rosie is assisting the Fish group on Friday. The rest of the week she is one of our auxiliary staff members. Rosie’s warm heart and always ready smile makes everyone around her feel welcome and at ease. In her free time Rosie loves to travel and sample the local cuisine.
In 2011, Sarah joined the Stepping Stones team firstly as an intern and later becoming an apprentice. In 2015 she gained a diploma in Early Childhood Development (Swiss FABE) and went on to qualify as a mentor for the Swiss Apprenticeship program. Sarah teaches the second Owl group, Monday to Friday. She spent the last year partly at Stepping Stones as well as travelling abroad, where she worked in various childhood institutions to gain further knowledge. Her ability to access the individual needs and potential of each child allows her to support each child in their development. In her free time, she is a keen EVZ supporter and rarely misses a match!
Holding a BA in Early Childhood Development degree, Silvy has been part of the Stepping Stones team since 2008. She has steadily furthered her education in Early Childhood Education by attending specialised Creative Development courses, which together with literature, is one of her passions. Silvy teaches the Monday, to Friday Mouse group. She encourages the children to engage in creative activities, allowing for exploration of various materials. In her free time Silvy participates in Zumba, enjoys listening and dancing to music, and is mum to a fifteen-year-old son.