Staff of Surval

Jacqueline Sexton

Jacqueline Sexton

Vice Principal

Jacqueline Sexton has 27 years teaching experience within a variety of schools in the UK and the Middle East. She has 10 years senior management experience working within an all-girls environment, taking responsibility for the girls’ academic progress and pastoral care.  Following headship of an all-girls school in Scotland, she was appointed [...]

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Pernille Mogensen

Pernille Mogensen

Admissions and Communication Manager

Pernille Mogensen was born and raised in Denmark, and moved to Switzerland in 1995. She studied English and French at the University of Lausanne, and joined Surval as a secretary in 2001. She is a familiar and welcoming face to many past students. When Bellevue took over Surval in May 2012, Pernille was [...]

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Olga Bulankina

Olga Bulankina

Admissions Registrar

Olga Bulankina is our International Relations and  Student Recruitment Coordinator. Before joining us, Olga worked as an Admissions & International Exchange Programs Manager at the university. She has a wide experience in student mobility and liaising with admissions.During her university studies, she participated in a Double-Degree Program with the German [...]

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Hayley Done

Hayley Done

Teacher of History and International Relations

Hayley first began her teaching journey over ten years ago when teaching EAL in China whilst on a gap year. Hayley then returned to her hometown of Manchester in the UK, graduating in History with honours at Manchester Metropolitan University. She completed her PGCE in Birmingham, teaching History and EAL [...]

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Emily Geldard

Emily Geldard

Teacher of English and Psychology

Emily has nine years of teaching experience in secondary schools in the UK and Switzerland.  Originally a student of Geography, she gained her BSc degree at Southampton University and then completed her PGCE at Exeter University.  In more recent years, she has relished the opportunity to teach English Language and [...]

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Marine Hily

Marine Hily

Teacher of French

Ms. Hily studied English at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France, where she was born. She taught French in Minnesota before moving to England to complete a PGCE in French at the University of St Mark & Saint John in Plymouth. After teaching [...]

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Antoni Jodla

Antoni Jodla

Teacher of Mathematics

I am from London in the UK, where I went to school and university. I am interested in modelling scientific concepts using mathematical formulae and computing. I enjoy demonstrating physical phenomena e.g. Colour: using scientific experiments, information technology and even art or music.My qualifications are: BSc Hons – [...]

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Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez

Teacher of Spanish

Ricardo was born in Mataró, an Spanish coastal city near Barcelona, and he has always been passionate about languages ​​(besides Spanish, he speaks fluently English, French and Italian). Therefore, after obtaining a Master's degree in Law and working in the legal sector, he returned to university and took a Master's [...]

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Kate MacLeod

Kate MacLeod

Teacher of English

Kate MacLeod leads the English teaching throughout the school.  She gained her MA and PGDE at the University of Aberdeen, and has taught at Robert Gordon’s College, one of Scotland’s top independent schools, for 7 years. As well as teaching English to all year groups, she has been a [...]

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Elizabeth Minnigan

Elizabeth Minnigan

Head of Boarding and Teacher of Modern Languages

Elizabeth Minnigin is an innovative and caring vocational educator. She has over 30 years successful academic and pastoral experience across a board range of educational settings, in the UK and internationally. After completing her PGCE at Cambridge University in the UK, Elizabeth spent over two years working as a volunteer teacher-counsellor [...]

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Marie O'Donnell

Teacher of Science

Marie O'Donnell is a Science teacher who specialises in Chemistry and Biology (IGCSE, A-Level and IB). Marie graduated in Marine Biology with honours from the University of Liverpool in 2005. Before becoming a teacher she worked on marine projects in a variety of locations around the world including Egypt, The Seychelles, [...]

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Claudia Passos

Claudia Passos

Housemother

Claudia Passos joined Surval in 2009. She is currently Housemother to our girls and is committed to the health and well-being of each individual student. She is well-qualified for this role as she speaks Portuguese, French, English and Spanish, languages which are invaluable within . Prior to joining Surval, Claudia was an [...]

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Marion Reid

Marion Reid

Teacher of English as an Additional Language

Marion Reid joined Surval in 2015 to lead the teaching of English as an Additional Language.. Marion was born in Glasgow and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons.) degree in Modern History and Political Science, before joining an Executive Agency of the Scottish Office. In 2003 she moved [...]

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Amy Sisson

Amy Sisson

Administrative Assistant

Amy Sisson is our Administrative Assistant in the school office, with a major role in organising trips and activities, as well as running and leading the Summer Camp.  Her love for travel and organisation is ideal for her role in the office at Surval. She thoroughly enjoys visiting new countries [...]

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Federica Spigarelli

Federica Spigarelli

Teacher of Italian, French, German

Federica Spigarelli is the Italian and French IGCSE teacher at Surval, and offers a solid preparation for the DELF/DALF external examinations in all her courses. Federica is proud to be part of a school where the multilingual and multicultural learning environment is unique and language and intercultural education are [...]

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Eleonora Stancheva

Eleonora Stancheva

Housemistress and EAL Teacher

Eleonora Stancheva has been teaching English as an Additional Language to students of all ages for over 20 years. Following headship of an English language school in Bulgaria, she embarked on a new career - taking care of the girls’ academic and personal progress in an international environment in Switzerland. Her [...]

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Anita Wahli

Anita Wahli

Teacher of French and Etiquette (culture and customs)

After living nearly 30 years in Brazil, Anita Wahli returned to Switzerland in 2008 and started to work at Surval.  She found the experience of working with girls from all around the word to be just magical! With a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management (École Hôtelière de Lausanne) and a [...]

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Graeme Watson

Graeme Watson

Teacher of Mathematics

Graeme Watson is a very experienced and dedicated Mathematics teacher. Graeme graduated in Applicable Mathematics from Abertay University in Dundee in 1986. From there he worked as a Computer Programmer for British Telecom in London before completing a PGCE in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Strathclyde in 1990. Graeme has [...]

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David Elliott

David Elliott

Teacher of Physics

After gaining a PhD in physics from Cambridge University Dr Elliott’s research career first brought him to Switzerland in 1991 where he joined the Materials department of the EPFL working on laser deposited metallic coatings. His next contract took him to Leeds University to work on low friction materials [...]

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