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Our teachers combine a wealth of experience and a passion for education to inspire your child to achieve more than they ever imagined possible.


As a Nord Anglia Education school, we attract the world’s best teachers. Through carefully developed programmes, our teachers never stop learning to make sure your child enjoys a world-class education experience.
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Every member of the LCIS team contributes to our reputation as Switzerland’s premium school.
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Adrienne Millar
Deputy Head of Primary
I am passionate about personalised education for all. It has been my pleasure to be a part of LCIS since 2010 and to see it grow. I have been a teacher in primary schools, as well as an SEN specialist, for almost 20 years, and I hope to continue to help our students succeed and flourish for many years to come!
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I am a graduate of University College Dublin with a BA in Psychology. I have a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and a Diploma in Special Educational Needs, and have been a teacher for all age groups in Primary for almost 20 years, specialising in KS1. I was a special educational needs (SEN) coordinator in a school in the UK where the SEN provision was rated Outstanding by Ofsted. I have worked for a local education authority as a lead teacher for special educational needs and as an advisor for schools. Since 2010 I have been working at LCIS, and am now Deputy Head of Primary. Outside school, I enjoy being in the great outdoors of Switzerland, especially skiing, hiking, climbing, and cycling.
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Alexa Prior
Deputy Head of Secondary
From the positive education experiences I myself enjoyed in my younger years and the amazing memories I formed, I’m delighted that I too can help create something similar for others, knowing that our teachers can make a difference to each and every child in their care.
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I grew up in the seaside town of Bournemouth in the UK, where my education experience helped shape the person I am today. I went on to study Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London, where my passion for biology was cemented. It was after this I decided to help others understand the wonders of biology, and continued on a teaching career path with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and work experience in London.

After 13 years in a leading Surrey independent boarding school for boys, seven years ago I moved to Switzerland to join LCIS, where I’m now Deputy Head of Secondary. In my time here, the school has continued to improve academically, but the students’ experiences have always remained at the centre of everything we do. We’re so proud of the students we’re helping to shape.

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Gregory Biggs
Primary Assistant Head Pastoral
I first taught in primary and secondary schools in Australia for five years. I was then selected for an Australian Volunteers project in Indonesia, where I helped improve local teachers’ understanding of the English curriculum. Now, I bring my passion for education to LCIS, and I could not be happier!
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I am from Perth, Australia, and trained as a teacher at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. I’m completing a Master's at University College London’s Institute of Education. After moving to Indonesia for a volunteering project, I ended up staying on in Jakarta for two more years as a Year 1 and 2 class teacher at the Australian International School. I’m now fluent in Indonesian!

In 2010 I moved to Geneva and taught at the Collège du Léman, Versoix. I then worked in London as Assistant Headteacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, and Year 3 teacher in a state primary school.

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Mark O’Brien
Primary Assistant Head Curriculum
I am passionate not only about supporting children to excel in academic attainment, but also ensuring they flourish as happy individuals, developing their confidence, communication, and empathy, all qualities foundational to the International Primary Curriculum, which I am proud we teach at LCIS.
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Since achieving my degree in Primary Education in 2010 from the University of Aberdeen, I have had the pleasure of teaching students from varied backgrounds and cultures in Scotland, Qatar, the UAE, and now Switzerland. During my teaching career I’ve taken on various additional roles, such as Maths Subject Leader, Head of Infants and Upper School, and most recently Assistant Head of Primary here at LCIS, with a focus on curriculum development.

I have enjoyed teaching across both Key Stages 1 and 2, and endeavour to create a positive ethos in my classes. I love that at LCIS I can provide stimulating and innovative learning experiences to support and challenge my students as they work to realise their potential. Technology has always been an area of interest for me, and with the quality resources we have I’m able to enhance my students’ love of learning.

Outside school I enjoy spending time with my family, my wife and two young children. At the weekend we can often be found at a park or walking through forests, all of which are just outside our front door!

Rob Crook
Primary Assistant Head Assessment
Teaching in Nanjing, Beijing, Shanghai, rural Sri Lanka and Warsaw has given me extensive international experience. I have also worked as an education advisor for a large children's charity. I am passionate about empowering my students to take charge of their learning and I also incorporate responsibility-driven learning into my role as a teacher coach.
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I have gained extensive experience teaching globally, having taught in international schools in Nanjing, Beijing, Shanghai, and Warsaw. I have also worked as an English teacher in rural Sri Lanka, as well as an education advisor for a large children's charity. I love the countryside of Switzerland and cherish my time at LCIS, where I am the Assistant Head of Primary in charge of assessment, as well as a Primary maths and phase leader.
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Valérie Fournet
Secondary Assistant Head Pastoral
I am a firm believer that schools must focus on students’ personal development and wellbeing. As Assistant Head of Secondary responsible for Pastoral Care, I am dedicated to ensuring that we provide the tools and care our students need to flourish academically, socially, and personally.
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French by birth, I graduated in English Linguistics and Language before moving to the UK in 2001. A year as a language assistant in Manchester ignited my passion for education, so I completed my PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages, followed by a Master’s in Educational Leadership.

I began my teaching career in 2003 as a French and Spanish teacher, and took on the additional roles of House Coordinator, Deputy Head of Year, and Head of Foreign Languages. Currently I am a teacher of languages, as well as Assistant Head of Secondary in charge of pastoral care.

Outside school, I play badminton and enjoy paddleboarding. An avid traveller, I love exploring and discovering new countries and languages.

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Emily Hardwicke
Assistant Head Lower Secondary
I hold a degree in English studies from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education. After teaching in the UK and China, I joined LCIS as Head of English in 2016. I am a qualified IB examiner, a Times Education (TES) contributor and I’ve recently used my maternity leave to publish a children’s picture book!
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I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in English Studies, and later obtained a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education. I was identified as an ‘Outstanding Leader’ in my time at the school, and led change and initiatives in areas such as Media Literacy, Learning to Learn, Learning Dispositions, and Cognitive Thinking.

International experience at the British School of Guangzhou offered the perfect opportunity to explore further career challenges, and since joining LCIS as Head of English in 2016 I have taken on the roles of MYP Coordinator and Assistant Head, with responsibility for the Lower Secondary curriculum.

I am a qualified IB examiner and a Times Education (TES) contributor, and used my recent maternity leave to publish a children’s picture book!

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Adam Seymour
Secondary Assistant Head Teaching and Learning
I have always strived to ensure students in my care progress and enjoy learning.
I have a passion for professional development and I am committed to sharing best educational practice with my teaching colleagues, in order to provide the best possible education to our students here at LCIS.
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I was born in the northeast of the UK, where I worked and lived until moving to Mexico City in 2010, where I began working at my first international school. After three years in Mexico, I moved to Turin, Italy, before beginning my most recent school experience at Brighton College Abu Dhabi. Before teaching, I achieved a BA in History from the University of Leeds, followed by a PGCE. In 2016 I completed my Master’s in Education from the Institute of Education, University College London.

My passion for teaching and learning has always been at the heart of everything I do in education. I am truly excited at being a member of the LCIS team, and value building strong relationships with our students. Outside the classroom, I enjoy football, swimming, and running. I am passionate about music, and like unwinding with my acoustic guitar.

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At LCIS, we draw on a range of cutting-edge educational technologies that enhance your child’s learning. Through our safe and secure online platforms, parents can get involved in their children’s learning, too. Through Global Campus, students can access curated content from across the Nord Anglia family and its world-leading partners like Juilliard, MIT, and UNICEF.


Children learn best when they’re happy, and our teachers bring the highest education standards into the classroom to ensure this is a reality. Their international experience gives them a unique lens to teach from, and our online training and collaborations mean our educators are at the forefront of education globally.

Our teachers:

  • Learn through world-leading education providers MIT, The Juilliard School and King’s College London
  • Access best-in-class training exercises through Nord Anglia University
  • Collaborate and share resources with their 10,000 peers worldwide
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Our teaching is held to the highest standards and therefore we recruit the best teachers through local and international search and develop them through our own professional development programmes, examination body accreditation and Nord Anglia University. We continuously evaluate their teaching through regular observations and reviews, offering teachers the opportunity to reflect on their approaches and practices, and against school and global benchmarks as well as Nord Anglia’s quality assurance framework, based on best practice from education providers and inspection bodies around the world. We conduct international background checks on all staff, and receive high-level training in child protection and safeguarding.  Our work is strongly supported by Nord Anglia's Global Education Team, which drives success in academics, quality assurance, accreditation and safety across all Nord Anglia schools.
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When it comes to international schools, our reputation is based on our high quality teachers who are caring, dedicated and passionate about the subjects they teach. We shape global citizens – and you can be part of it.
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