Marc Ott

Marc grew up in Switzerland and in the Middle East. After earning a Masters degree in teaching Business, Economics, Accounting and Swiss Law from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, he moved to the United States to work for the Leysin American School (LAS) US Admissions Office outside of Boston. He completed his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration from Columbia University in New York City. He returned to Switzerland in 2005 and led the LAS Admissions Department. In August 2009, he became Head of School, Managing Director of LAS. He now leads LAS jointly with his brother, Christoph, who is Head of Operations, Managing Director.

He has written and published on the topic of quality management and accreditation in schools. He teaches in summer at the Endicott College Masters Degree program. Marc serves on several boards: Swiss Federation of Private Schools, Aigle- Leysin-Col des Mosses Tourist Association, and Leysin Political Party (PLR Les Libéraux-Radicaux in French and FDP Die Liberalen in German).

Marc is married with one child. His wife, Stephanie, is one of the Leysin town doctors. He loves to travel, do alpine sports, read and spend time with family and friends.

Jeff Paulson

Jeff Paulson is General Director at Zurich International School (ZIS). He has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA; a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.

Jeff has 30 years of educational leadership, counseling, and teaching experience in six different international settings (United States, England, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela and Switzerland).

Prior to joining Zurich International School, Jeff served as Superintendent of Escuela Campo Alegre for three years.

He is married to Kris, a middle school counselor, and they have two children; Anika, a grade 12 student at ZIS and Kameron, a junior at the University of Arizona.

Richard McDonald

Richard McDonald has been Head of Aiglon College since 2009, having previously led the school from 1994-2000. He also worked as part of the team of directors at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil from 2002-2009. Prior to this he taught French and German at Charterhouse and Christ's Hospital in the UK, serving as a resident housemaster in the latter post. He was on the SGIS Committee from 2004-2010, serving as Chair from 2006-10.

He is the Founder and a member of the Villars Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, one of Switzerland's busiest big bands which was featured at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival and has played across Switzerland and more recently in Germany.

Jennifer Armstrong

Jennifer grew up in Canada where she obtained her MA from the University of Toronto. She taught French immersion programmes before joining the staff of The Sterling Hall School as Director of Academics and The Bishop Strachan School as Principal, Junior School. Involved in Reggio-inspired education since 2002, Jennifer was the Project Coordinator for the Toronto segment of the exhibition 'The Hundred Languages of Children', Founding President of the Ontario Reggio Association and member of the Board of Directors for NAREA (North American Reggio Educators Alliance).  Jennifer has delivered lectures at universities across Canada and the US, and delivered workshops, seminars and plenary addresses at a variety of conferences. Now Principal of Primary at  The International School of Geneva's La Châtaigneraie, she has overseen the architectural and pedagogical project of the new primary school which features a Bilingual IB Primary Years Programme founded on the school's core value of inclusiveness.

Frazer Cairns

Frazer Cairns is the Director of the International School of Lausanne.  He started his career as a management consultant and journalist after graduating from the University of York in the UK. He retrained as a science teacher and subsequently taught in the UK, Indonesia, Singapore and Switzerland.

Having worked in international schools for most of his career Frazer is particularly interested in the way language is used in multilingual educational settings. He continues to study and contribute to research in this area, holding both Masters and Doctorate degrees in education.

Nick Wragg

Originally from the UK, Nick is in his 6th year as Primary Principal at the International School of Schaffhausen. Before moving to Switzerland Nick and his family spend 7 years in Singapore where he worked as Vice Principal and Director of Primary Years at Chatsworth International School. Nick holds an MBA in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester and is an active school visitor for the IB. Nick loves sports and is the founder and coach of the Schaffhausen Rugby Club.

Alison Piguet

Acting Principal, La Côte International School

Alison is the founding Head Teacher at La Côte International School, which opened in 2008 and is currently Acting Principal.

Alison’s teaching career spans 25 years, both in the UK and in Switzerland. Following a number of teaching roles within the UK, Alison moved to Switzerland in 1999 where she has taught at a number of schools and educational institutions during the last 13 years.

Throughout her career, Alison has held Senior Management roles and assumed many responsibilities in the state and private sector, including Special Needs Coordinator, Deputy Head Teacher and Head of School.

Alison has a degree in Psychology from Middlesex University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Chester College), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs from Reading University, a Diploma in Written Language Difficulties from Reading University, a Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership (Leicester University) and has embarked on a Masters degree in Educational  Management and Leadership (Leicester University).

A keen practitioner in classroom research and a teacher of all ages, Alison’s passion for child-centred and personalised education means that she strives to make the best possible opportunities available to every child every day.

Jackie Chan-Kam

Jackie grew up in South Wales and trained as a nurse in Wales and London, where she met her husband.  The family moved to Mauritius in 1976 where they spent the next fifteen years before relocating to Geneva.  While in Mauritius Jackie engaged in voluntary social work and, in the immediate few years before coming to Switzerland, in public relations activities with the local media and with national and international agencies in support of her husband’s work in AIDS prevention.   These activities prompted her to pursue further studies after arriving in Geneva and she successfully completed the degree course in Social Sciences from the Open University (U.K).  She subsequently worked first as a freelance editor and, for two years, as an editor in the publications unit of the World Health Organization.   Thereafter she was fortunate to be able to combine for several years a lifelong love of books and an interest in education in general with a gratifying job as international sales representative for Scholastic International and Follett publications.  

She has been the Executive Secretary of SGIS since 2003.

Andy Croft

Initially as a PE teacher and sports coach Andy joined a large language college after university setting him on the road to more than 25 years spent in international education.

Andy has worked within the language school and hotel management sectors in the UK and in Switzerland. He has led three SGIS member schools in the last decade spent as a school leader and has been a member of the SGIS committee for a number of years. Andy is a volunteer treasurer on the Board with no voting rights.

Upcoming events

  • SGIS MFL Workshop

    MFL CI / TRPS WorkshopLiam Printer Comprehensive Input and Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling Suval Montreux | Date - TBC More...

  • Physics for Non- Specialists Workshop

    Leysin American School Switzerland - 21st -22nd September 2018 An intensive, but fun, two-day physics tachina course for non-specialists. Delivered by experts in supporting physics education worldwide in a low stress, but high challenge...

  • MYP Cluster workshop hosted by the Danube International School, Vienna

    18th and 19th May, 2018 MYP Individuals and Societies, Delivering the Curriculum (category 2) Dear colleagues, We are proposing to organize a cluster workshop for MYP Individuals and Societies, Delivering the Curriculum (category 2) at our school...

  • Physics for Non-Specialists Workshop

    Leysin American School Switzerland,  21st September 2018 10:00 - 22nd September 2018 16:00 An intensive, but fun, two-day physics teaching course for non-specalists. Delivered by experts in supporting physics education worldwide in a low stress, but...