Meet the Teachers
We place great value on attracting and retaining top local teaching talent. All HSK teachers attend ongoing training and development courses provided by Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft Education Departments, specifically for teachers of native speakers.
We'd like to invite you to meet some our teachers below:
Melissa Magarici, USA
Originally from America via Australia, Melissa moved to Switzerland 4 years ago. Melissa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies from La Trobe University, and is working on her Master’s Degree in Education specialising in language acquisition for young learners. When she is not teaching, Melissa spends her time with her family and enjoys outdoor sports and participating in English-language theatre productions. Melissa is passionate about nurturing children’s natural curiosity through teaching, and likes to have a classroom full of energy and wonder.
Sarah Dawson, UK
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 or jogging, you can find her travelling with her family. Sarah qualified as a primary school teacher at Reading University, England and her tenure at HSK English predates the current volunteer-led Verein. In addition to teaching she 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.
Victoria Siegrist, UK
Victoria moved from her home town in the South of England to Basel eight years ago. She holds a PGCE (Secondary), a First Class BA (Hons) Childhood Studies: Early Years qualification, as well as the CELTA certificate. Victoria enjoys working with students of different ages, fostering their love of English through a plethora of different learning activities. Alongside her position as an HSK teacher, Victoria works as a secondary school English teacher.
Melinda Taylor Schoutens, USA
Melinda Taylor Schoutens
Originally from America, Melinda moved to Switzerland 10 years ago. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree 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 travelling with her family.
Megan Rogers , USA
Megan Rodgers moved to Basel from Chicago and has been teaching English for over fifteen years. With both a Masters and a Bachelors from top US universities, Megan has taught English in a wide variety of settings and at all levels, from small children to seniors, from casual conversation courses to exam preparation courses and individually-tailored courses for companies including Roche, Ricola, BAK Basel Economics, Basler Versicherung and Rolic Technologies. Besides working for HSK, she teaches at Academia, KV Avanti and at the Jewish Middle School of Basel. She speaks fluent Italian and conversational German and has two daughters in the Swiss public school system. Her hobbies include theatre, painting and organizing art exhibitions.
Originally from Ireland, Jenny O'Rourke has been living in Basel for six years.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Music and Philosophy and an MA in Cognitive Science. In addition to this, she achieved her teaching qualification (PGCE) from the University of Sheffield in 2019. During her time in Basel, Jenny has been working in international schools, whilst also teaching yoga and music in her spare time. Her love of yoga and music supports the learning process in a holistic way, bringing playful curiosity to each lesson.