Meet the Teachers
All HSK teachers attend ongoing training and development courses provided by Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft Education Departments, specifically for teachers of native speakers.

Victoria Prior
Victoria moved from her home town in the South of England to Basel four years ago. She holds a First Class BA (Hons) Childhood Studies: Early Years qualification, as well as the CELTA certificate. Before and since graduating, Victoria has worked with children of differing ages in a variety of educational settings, both in England and Basel. Painting is a big passion of Victoria’s. The ability to nurture children’s natural creativity is why she is passionate about teaching. Alongside her position as an HSK teacher, Victoria works as a homeroom teacher in an international school.

Sarah Dawson
Sarah Dawson Before moving to Switzerland in 2003 with her young family, Sarah was a class teacher and subject coordinator in a West Sussex, UK primary school. In addition to her HSK role, Sarah is the English language story animator for the ‘Give me a Story’ program at the local library in Liestal, where she works with 2-5 year olds and their native speaking families, with story, craft, games, and rhyme. She enjoys life in a Swiss village, where her children attend the local school, and the family is active in various associations for sport, nature and music. Sarah values her English heritage and keeps up to date with the BBC, the Times of London, and Radio 4. When she is not skiing, swimming & jogging, you can find her travelling with her family. Sarah qualified as a primary school teacher at Reading University, England and her tenure predates the current volunteer-led HSK-English Verein. In addition to teaching she had also contributed as subject coordinator for HSK English from January 2009 until 2014. ‘’Teaching children, for me, is the most rewarding, interesting and all-encompassing profession,’’ declares Sarah.

Melissa Magarici
Melissa grew up in Guatemala where she attended an American school. With a “gringo” father, Melissa’s native English developed in parallel to her Spanish. Before pursuing a formal education path, she studied Philosophy and Literature and Philology of Modern Languages. Later, she gained her Undergraduate Degree in Media Studies from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is now through her second year of a Masters in Education. She worked as a teacher in Venezuela, Guatemala and Australia and now also at a a Mittlelschule in Basel. She is also passionate about kite-surfing , sailing and diving and has travelled the world extensively chasing either artistic or sporting endeavours. She is also passionate about theatre and the arts and is a member of the Semi-Circle Basel, an amateur English-speaking theatre group.

Eleanor Wells
Eleanor Wells Eleanor Wells moved from Switzerland three years ago from Seoul, South Korea. Originally from western Canada and trained as a teacher there, she had been living in Asia for four years as a teacher at a Canadian international school, before deciding to make the move to Basel. Over the last decade, she has taught a variety of subjects and children of all ages. Eleanor enjoys living in Switzerland and when she is not teaching, exploring different parts of the country and travelling around Europe.

Melinda Taylor Schoutens
Eleanor Wells Originally from America, Melinda moved to Switzerland 10 years ago. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a certification to teach kindergarten – sixth grade. Outside of the classroom, Melinda is an outdoor enthusiast, often spending weekends hiking with her family. Melinda has been a long – time volunteer for the Basel Children’s Trust and is now a regular contributor to their monthly newsletter, Parenting Pages. Melinda also maintains an active blog, enjoys reading, writing, and traveling with her family.