Meet the CK team

I am Erica Hofstetter-Cust, a CELTA certified English teacher from Vancouver Island, Canada and the founder and manager of Custom Kids. 

20 years ago I set out on an 18 month adventure in Switzerland which resulted in building a permanent life here with my Swiss husband, Markus and our three amazing daughters. Sienna 18 and our 15 year old twins, Raia and Taiven are lucky to be growing up bilingual!


With my flare for managing as well as being an admin rock star, Custom Kids is thriving!

In my free time I love spending time with my family, reading, hiking, skiing, dancing and traveling.


English teacher


Caroline is from England and has over 30 years teaching experience with primary-aged children. Her specialty is putting on end of Term plays with the children in her classes. To unwind, Caroline enjoys working in the garden, doing Sudoku puzzles or singing in choirs.


English teacher


Connie is from the US and has over 20 years experience teaching young children. She also has extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language to kids and adults. Connie is an avid reader, loves traveling and enjoys hiking in the Swiss mountains with her family.


English teacher


Erin is from the US and taught Elementary School for 13 years. After moving to Switzerland in 2015, she attained her CELTA certificate. In her spare time, Erin can be found playing with her two children, taking photographs and finding every excuse to be outside.


English teacher


Lisa is from Canada. For the past 15 years she has been teaching at international schools in Zug and Zurich.  Recently, she attained her CELTA certificate and her Master’s in Early Childhood Literacy. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching yoga, traveling, spending time with family and friends, baking and sewing.


Playgroup leader

Teaching assistant


Katrina is from England and has lived in Switzerland for the past seven years. She is a busy mom to two very active boys ages 7 and 10 years old. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and likes to go walking or cycling with her family and explore different places. Also, she is a keen baker and jam maker who likes to experiment with new recipes.


Playgroup leader

English teacher


Claire is an Australian special education/primary school teacher with 15 years experience working with children of all ages. Claire is passionate about literature and enjoys sharing beautiful books with her students. In her free time Claire enjoys baking, reading and exploring her new home with her husband.


Playgroup leader


Ruth is originally from England and has lived in Switzerland for over 10 years with her family.  She has been working with children for over 30 years and loves the joy that it brings. She loves being outside here in the Swiss countryside be it skiing or hiking and when she can’t be doing that she enjoys reading, crosswords and baking.