Christian Rütti, Principal
Christian Rütti is a bilingual Swiss citizen who was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to Switzerland in 2001.
Before stepping into the role as Principal of SIS Pfäffikon-Schwyz in August 2020, Christian was Principal of a private school in Basel, Switzerland for two years. Prior to that, also in Basel, he was Managing Director and Personnel Manager of a language school for adults for several years. An additional 12 years of teaching experience before that, both in Switzerland and in South Africa, round off his professional experience within the field of education.
Christian’s qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Swiss diploma in the field of Personnel Management. His professional aim has always been to do everything possible to motivate and guide children and staff alike to achieve their full potential. He is a firm believer in encouraging students to nurture a healthy and balanced lifestyle and a positive attitude towards learning and life in general.
Christian is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast who loves to explore nature with his family throughout the seasons. He truly enjoys working and interacting with people from various cultures and looks forward to meeting you and your child.
Andrea Oettinger, Head of Kindergarten and Primary
Andrea Oettinger is an American who was born and raised in Boston.
For her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she studied Elementary Education. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she moved west to Colorado and taught for six years in the Denver Public Schools. Andrea went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education Policy at the University of Colorado and then moved back to Philadelphia where she completed a Doctorate in Education in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2013-2017, Andrea worked as the Director of Mathematics for several schools in the Philadelphia area, which involved training teachers and leaders on implementing conceptual mathematics instruction in the classroom.
Andrea is an avid skier who grew up alpine ski racing in the cold, small mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont. She enjoys skiing in the Alps a lot more and travels to the mountains as much as possible to ski in the winter and hike in the summer. Andrea also loves to read in her free time and is currently learning German.
Ms. Oettinger is extremely happy to be part of the SIS team and cannot wait to teach and learn from your children.