Meet The Authors

We are long-time educators. Combined we have over 50 years of academic experience.

We met at Leysin American School (LAS). We felt drawn to take education to the next level – in particular to encourage students to feel good about themselves, have enthusiasm for school and learning and to take their own initiative to be life-long learners.

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Paul Magnuson, Phd.

Educator, Educational Researcher and Curriculum Director


Teacher, Researcher, Writer

Works at LAS since July 2008

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Bill Tihen

Educator (Math, Physics, CS and Engineering) and Engineer


Teacher and Engineer

Worked at LAS (2007–2018), GaraioREM

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Nicola Cosgrove

Middle School Educator (PE & Health)


Middle School Teacher

Works at LAS since July 2017

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Dan Patton

Educator (Science) and Botonist

Science Teacher

Worked at LAS from 2012-2019

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