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Always looking forward, always learning
ZIS Alumni at an ZIS Meets Event
Always looking forward, always learning
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Always looking forward, always learning

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.

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 nearly 60-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 (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 on their own webpage
  • as available, attend alumni events locally and globally.


  • each year all alumni will be asked (via online and printed communications) to submit nominations by March 31 for the award, based on certain criteria
  • a committee of alumni (see right) will select the final winner in April based on the nominations.
  • the winner for the next school year will be announced later in the spring.


The 2022 Committee

The following alumni serve on the John Mattern Alumni Award for Faculty committee. They select the honoree based on the nominations submitted by all alumni each year.

Ceyda Avunduk ('01)
Finn Borg ('74)
Christina Haupt ('10)
Harry Korine ('80)
Suzanne Rapetti-Hunsicker ('82)
Tristan Upton ('14)
Lisa Lyle (Director)