The Chatterbox is a small, privately-run business in Nyon, Switzerland, that specializes teaching English to children and adults. We offer English language training and creative activities in a variety of formats: Group English Classes, Private English Lessons, Holiday Workshops, and English-in-action activities.
Our philosophy is that learning can and should be a fun and creative process but one that is guided by sound pedagogic principles.
English-in-action classes offer students an opportunity to practice English while learning music or art.
We also offer creative and cultural Holiday Workshops during the summer and academic year.
Our students range in age from 3-6 years for our holiday workshops and from 5 years to adults for our English classes. Given our location in Nyon, in the heart of the Swiss Lake Geneva region, our students represent a diverse range of cultures and nationalities.
Our staff consists of highly-qualified experienced teachers with university degrees in English, Art, Music, and other subjects.
Meet The Team
Paula, a Swiss/American national, has worked with preschool children for over 20 years. In 2007, she became the director of the pre-school nursery at 19, Rte de St-Cergue, and rebranded it The Chatterbox. She has a BA in art (Rhode Island School of Design), and an MA in music (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). She employs not only paint, clay, and other materials but also music, puppets, stories, and games to encourage learning and creative expression. She expanded The Chatterbox program in 2015 to begin offering afternoon English language classes to youths and adults.
Helen Mousena is originally from Greece. She holds a BA and MA in teaching French and is a certified English and Greek teacher. She has a long experience in education for more than 20 years teaching languages to multiple grades and a variety of ages. She is passionate about working with kids and tries to transform educational material to a rich set of stimuli and playful activities to keep the students motivated and engaged. She likes travelling, swimming and cooking.
Coreen is from Canada and has been teaching children, teens and adults for more than 10 years. She has a degree in English, a master’s in Expressive Arts and is a certified English teacher. She is passionate about integrating creativity and learning and loves hiking and nature!
Wayne is a former IT and Information Security specialist for the United Nations (ITU) who performs administrative functions for The Chatterbox and otherwise devotes his time to playing and teaching the ukulele. He has completed the James Hill Ukulele in the Classroom teacher training program.