Jakob is a retired English professor from the Teacher Training College in Salzburg (Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg) and the former mayor of a small town near Salzburg, Puch bei Hallein. Originally from the rural alps of St. Michael im Lungau, he later studied at the teacher training college in Salzburg. After a year abroad spent teaching at an American high school, Jakob began studying for a teaching degree at the University of Salzburg. His first teaching post was at the Werkschulheim Felbertal just outside of Salzburg and he later taught at the Bundesgymnasium III in Salzburg. Jakob eventually settled with his family of five to Puch bei Hallein, where he served as mayor from 1989 to 1999. Besides teaching and politics, Jakob has devoted himself to improving teacher training for English teachers at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Salzburg, where he worked training secondary school teachers for English. It was there that he recognized the importance of practical experience for students studying to become teachers and it is this understanding that he brings to the team at the English Teacher Training College.
One of the college’s co-founders, Frank is an American from New York with decades of experience teaching English for various government and private organizations in Germany and Austria. Before coming to Europe, he succeeded in being one of few students in the 225–year history of Rutgers University to simultaneously graduate with four different majors in 2003. Frank taught English at the Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg from 2004 until 2007 and in his spare time he played American football for the Salzburg Red Bulls. He later received his master’s degree from Oxford University in 2010. More recently, Frank developed an English summer program for German children in which more than 1,000 participants take part every year and he also serves as a judge for the Austrian national language contest (Sprachencontests für berufsbildende Schulen) in Burgenland and Upper Austria. He currently lives in a village outside of the Vorchdorf campus with his wife and children, where his hobbies include cooking, gardening and poker.
One of the college’s co-founders, Ben is an Australian from near Canberra with more than a decade of teaching experience in the EFL world. In 2006, He graduated from the University of Wollongong, Australia with a Bachelor of Education. Ben has worked as an English teacher for one of the biggest language schools in Europe whilst living in Germany. Prior to moving to Germany, he taught at an Australian secondary school, as well as an upper school in England. He also assisted in the teacher training and mentoring of new English teachers for a summer program in Germany. After completing his studies in Australia, Ben taught with a youth adventure organisation. He has also worked as a cowboy on a 66,000 acre cattle ranch! In his spare time, Ben has a great passion for climbing, hiking and mountain biking. He currently lives in a village near Salzburg with his wife and child.
Originally from South Africa Claud emigrated to Austria in 2006 where he worked for two large Corporations as HR Manager . He studied Human Resource Management at the University of South Africa and also holds a Master of Business Administration in General Management. After spending over a decade working in the HR Field he still believes that the employees are the most important asset of any Organisation. His expertise includes organizational development, training and development and leadership and management coaching. In his free time he coaches Tennis at his local tennis club and is also self proclaimed „BBQ World Champion“
Dr. Sebastian Stein has received his education in England, Spain, France and Germany. He volunteered at a Christian kindergarten outside of Munich and worked as tutor for a variety of summer schools teaching Social sciences, Philosophy and English. Having served as a Dean of St. Hugh’s College and received a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 2012, Sebastian has since been working as university lecturer and researcher. Now based at the University of Heidelberg, he has published several academic articles on matters relating to the philosophy of German Idealism and is currently working on a book concerned with the metaphysics of freedom. Dr. Stein serves the college’s independent Ombudsmann and all complaints and/or appeals are escalated to him.
David Pavey is a highly experienced business professional who has worked primarily in project management, asset management and management consulting. Mr. Pavey is currently a Projects Manager at Arkhill Engineers Pty Ltd. where he is responsible for design and risk review of infrastructure designs, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for projects valued at over $300M and engineering and procurement management. He has been successfully operating his own private consulting business since 2011. Mr. Pavey was named the National Professional Young Engineer of the Year in 1990.