Stephen is our longest serving academic staff member. He hails from the suburbs of Dublin city, Ireland. Stephen graduated with a BA in Arts from the University of Maynooth in Co. Kildare, majoring in Music Technology and Greek and Roman Civilisation. During his time at university he developed a passion for event management and worked and volunteered in this industry for many years, working at music festivals, film festivals, comedy festivals and also creating corporate events for companies such as Apple, Ebay, Paypal, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Hertz. He has been to Austria many times for ski-ing and snowboarding, but after completing our 3 month teacher training course early in 2014, he decided he wanted to stay in this beautiful country and work with ABCi. Since then he has worked in every state in Austria, citing the alpine region of Vorarlberg as his favourite part of the country.
Scott is from the south-west of Scotland and holds a BSc(Hons) with joint honours in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and a PGCE from the University of Manchester. His start in the education world was teaching guitar and “soccer” to the children of Bay Area millionaires in California as an 18 year old, and has progressed through nearly fifteen years working in the summer camp industry in California, New England and New York, progressing to managing summer centres in southern Spain and England. In 2010 he went on to gain his CELTA in Budapest, Hungary and then ran his own teaching business there for five years before coming to Austria. When not at work, he enjoys playing and coaching rugby; the Eurovision Song Contest and appearing on random U.K. TV Quiz shows.
A native Texan, Ms. Wolf fell in love with languages in high school while spending a year abroad in Austria. She went on to receive her Bachelors in German at Texas Tech University’s Honors College in 2006 and was a recipient of the Fulbright Commission and Austrian American Education Council’s Teaching Assistantships. While teaching English in various Austrian high schools, she found her calling as a teacher. Ms. Wolf is CELTA certified has taught various English courses in both Austria and the US for both children and adults, including legal English, IT English, English for executives, English summer camps, and English for specific job purposes. Ms. Wolf moved back to Austria after two years living in Texas with her family at the end of 2015 and is excited to see how much ABCi has grown since she worked for them in 2013.
Mark comes from the north-west of England and has taught English to adults and children of all ages for well over a decade in a number of countries around the world, including Egypt, Colombia and Saudi Arabia. He has worked for the British Council and International House, as well as for several years at Regent´s University, London, and completed a DELTA and an MA in ELT and Applied Linguistics at King´s College. As well as teaching, Mark has been a local tutor for teachers taking their DELTA, and worked with teachers on a wide range of training topics, from classroom dynamics to syllabus design and a lot in between. After taking a short holiday in Vienna, Mark decided to make the move to Austria permanent. Having lived in the capital for several months, he has moved out to Upper Austria and is really looking forward to exploring the beautiful countryside and working with all the teachers and students here.
Caitlin Fitzgibbon is a dual Irish and US citizen who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Bentley University with a BSc in Managerial Economics and Global Studies. Her love for Austria began her third year of university which she spent studying abroad at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Shortly after finishing university, Caitlin returned to Vienna to continue her German studies and work for a music startup. After a short return to the US, Caitlin found herself once again looking for opportunities to work in Austria, leading her to discover the College. Caitlin’s passion for photography and videography transferred well into her role. She is currently enjoying the beautiful Upper Austrian landscapes and the change of pace from bustling city life.
Faban has travelled from London, UK to venture into new experiences here in Austria. Since graduating in International Development Studies she has been keen on supporting education related projects around the world and is excited to learn about how not-for-profit organisations operate in Central Europe. Upper Austria’s natural landscape was initially a main attraction for Faban and she looks forward to having more outdoor adventure experiences here!
Fiona is a graduate of the University of Limerick where she completed her BA in Applied Languages and subsequently her MA in TESOL. She has taught both English to Erasmus students at the University of Limerick and also German to business undergraduates. In 2008 and was honoured to receive a research scholarship from the DAAD to study at the University of Würzburg in Germany. She has a background in conference interpreting and has participated in dummy booth simultaneous interpreting at both the EU Parliament and Commission, which was a dream come true. She has worked for a private language school in the beautiful Irish town of Dún Laoghaire in Dublin and most recently with Berlitz in Vienna. Born in Germany to German-Irish parents she spent most of her life in the west of Ireland. She considers herself equally split down the middle with both cultures, loving both the wild west of Ireland and the Bodensee. She has fallen in love with Vienna straight away and looks forward to experiencing her favourite seasons, autumn and winter, working as a course tutor in the beautiful Pressbaum campus, taking in the stunning surroundings. Her passion is reading and playing Gaelic games with the Vienna Gaels, and she hopes to share both with her students in Austria.
Frederick was born in Hounslow, West London, though most of his childhood was spent in a small town in the United Kingdom’s National Forest. Even before moving to Sheffield to earn his BA in Germanic Studies, Frederick had an interest in education and a passion for working with young learners, volunteering at his school’s extracurricular program for primary school learners for over three years. During his year abroad with the British Council he added to this experience by working at a Hauptschule in Germany’s Lower Saxony, assisting with and sometimes leading the English lessons of several classes of young adults. Having decided on a career in education, and motivated by his own love for linguistics and the English language, Frederick spent half a year volunteering with the special educational needs department of a local school in England before earning his CELTA qualification with the University of Sheffield’s ELTC. His next move took him to Austria to join ABCi as an intermediate-level student teacher and the experience was such a beneficial and enjoyable one that he has now returned to the company as an Senior Teacher. In his spare time Frederick enjoys books, film and cooking.
Emmet, who comes from the west coast of Ireland has been living in Austria since September 2015. Having studied Engineering in Ireland through DIT and in Switzerland with Hochschule Luzern, he obtained two Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and then in Manufacturing and Design. He then decided to follow a dream of becoming a teacher and completed the CertTESOL course with the English Teacher Training College. On completion he decided to stay with the organisation and took up a position as a Senior Teacher in Pressbaum. In his free time he enjoys reading, hiking, travelling and enjoying the Austrian way of life.
Toby originally comes from Stratford upon Avon, in the United Kingdom and holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. After graduating from university in 2015, he began his adventure into the world of EFL studying on the beginner course with the ETTC in January 2016. He fell in love with Austria’s natural beauty, its food and of course, teaching. After a short time away in Poland, he returns as a Senior Teacher. He looks forward to learning recipes of traditional Austrian cuisine and finally learning to ski.