Meet the Team

Learning a language shouldn't be a chore.

At LERNFORUM, we pride ourselves in connecting people with learning opportunities and creative ideas through our engaging native-English speaking team. Whether you want to learn English for holidays, take an exam, or prepare to work or study abroad, our qualified and competent team is the place to start. We also offer E-learning options for our busy clients.

For additional Information on English at LERNFORUM Chur, please get in touch:
T: (+41) 81 353 63 62

  • Torrie Gruber
English Department Team Leader, from the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.
B.A. Ed., Cambridge CELTA, Swiss SVEB

As the English Studies team leader at LERNFORUM Chur, Torrie is your go-to for all things English. Torrie is known for her upbeat style, and has the ability to inspire others with her positive and engaging communication style, always looking to help build the best experience for her team and students. Best of all, she loves what she does: bringing the skill of communication to others through the English language. Contact Torrie for General English questions including private, Special Purposes, Academic, E-learning and Certificate studies.

  • Craig Braithwaite
Teacher, Cambridge CELTA, Swiss SVEB,  from South Africa and Australia

Learning a language doesn’t happen overnight; it takes much time, patience and diligence, but it’s worth it in the long run. Grammar and vocabulary are the building stones of a language – don’t be averse to them.  See learning a language as fun!  Craig's philosophy in life: We never really change, but we rather become that which we truly are. Enjoy being you.

  • Danny Rämi
Teacher, Cambridge CELTA Swiss SVEB, from part-time U.S. and Switzerland

Teachers should be able to show their students that English has less to do with a grammar book and that it is a language spoken by ordinary people- students, business people, holiday makers- just like in their own language. Danny is very diligent and uses her open personality to reach students in a direct and engaging way. Her students like her upbeat style. Danny is a must for young learners and adults alike. 

  • Niall McLauchlan
Teacher, Cambridge CELTA,  from Scotland and Costa Rica

Albert Einstein once said: „The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”. Learning a language opens doors and builds bridges. Alongside language classes at LERNFORUM, it is important to have English present in your daily life. So don’t be afraid to strike up conversation with a native speaker, to start that book you were saving for your holidays or even sing along to your favourite song in the shower! Remember, as with most things in life, practice makes perfect. Come and join in with Niall.

  • Lisa Ziegler-Laine
 Teacher, B.A. English, M.B.A., Cambridge CELTA, from Canada

Lisa is a transplanted Canadian with zeal and zest for life. Her studies prepared her well to teach not only general but also business English. Living and working in Switzerland for the past 25 years has made her even more aware of how important English acquisition is. 
There is never a dull moment when learning with Lisa. Her experience and success as an English teacher are the real thing.

  • Mary Tandy McGlasson
Teacher, B.A. Ed., from Orange County, California, U.S.A. 

Mary is a dedicated teacher with a passion for motivating students to grow. As in most things challenging, she believes that sometimes the most important step in trying something new is having the courage to start. For her learning is a way of life and a hobby! It is fun to learn and grow, especially in English. Originally from Southern California, her diverse background in theatre, music, and education comes to life in her classroom. Mary’s core belief is that teaching is more a joy than it is a job. Contact Mary if you are interested in developing your English competency. 

  • Jamie Karnick
Teacher, M.A. English Literature, from San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Jamie Karnik has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for over eleven years. She has taught in Budapest, Prague, Stuttgart, Bern, and San Diego, her home town. She holds a Master’s degree in English Languages and Literatures from the University of Bern. Her love of the English language starts with teaching and extends into editing and creative writing. She lives in the countryside in an old mill with her partner, dog, goats, rabbits, and many more animals to come!



Welcome to English at LERNFORUM Chur.  Lernforum is mainly engaged in teaching English and training in smaller, personal groups for every English language need. All of us are native speakers of English and have a passion for what we do.

Word of the Month


(adj): Sacred, divine, blessed.

Holiday: a holy or festive day; a day off, vacation (also sacred)

Expressions: Holy Cow! Literally true in India.

Ex: Holly Mackerel! Delicious, healthy and full of mercury.

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