John Mattern Alumni Award for Faculty

The Mattern Award is named for the first headmaster of the school, an educator renowned for his ability to inspire and influence students and faculty alike. The award recognizes a former faculty member who has provided an exceptionally high degree of individual attention to, and concern for, students in all areas of school life.

Nominate the staff or faculty member that had the greatest impact on your education!

Not sure if the person you're nominating qualifies? Look for their name on this list of past faculty and staff.

The Award

At Zurich International School – previously the American International School of Zurich (AISZ) and the International Primary School of Zurich (IPSZ) – there have been many extraordinary faculty members throughout our 50+ year history – teachers valued for their subject knowledge, teaching style, joy of working with students in and outside of the classroom, and extraordinary communication and mentoring skills.

The alumni of ZIS, along with the school, will honor these talented educators annually through the Mattern Award.


The honored faculty member will:

  • receive a prize of CHF 1,500 (initial funding provided by generous alumni donors)
  • be invited to campus and honored at a reception in his or her honor
  • speak before students and faculty and attend classes
  • be featured in ZIS communications and in a special wall of recognition
  • as available, attend alumni events locally and globally.


  • each January/February all alumni will be asked (via online and printed communications) to submit nominations for the award, based on certain criteria.
  • a committee of alumni will select the final winner in March based on the nominations.
  • the winner for the next school year will be announced later in the spring.

Mattern Award Application and Timeline

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