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“
Sereya is originally from The Netherlands but spent a long time living in the U.S. She lived in San Diego, Arizona, Colorado and New York stating that she enjoyed her time in Crested Butte, Colorado the most. Sereya studied Dutch law at university and gained vital sales experience and personal development at Anthony Robbins. She is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys practising yoga in her spare time.
Robert began his career in Education in 2001 working with boys with behavioral and specific educational learning difficulties in East Leeds. He then spent 2 years working in a variety of secondary schools across Cheshire, focusing his work in pupil referral units and isolation units within mainstream education.
After moving into Further Education in London in 2003, Robert developed his expertise as a teacher trainer, specializing in developing newly qualified teachers in the areas of pastoral support and classroom management. Progressing into the role of an advanced skills practitioner, Robert spent 9 years working as Lead Tutor for the Arts at London’s leading college.
His most recent role was working for one of the largest and most successful language schools in the world, where he was the Academic Service Manager for 3 schools across the Liguria region of Italy. His primary responsibilities included teacher training and staff development, student retention and recruitment, and the day to day operations of each school.
As well as teaching, Robert has a passion for music and sports. He worked in London as a professional musician, specializing in piano, bass, guitar and vocals arranging. Robert also spent a period of time in Asia training and competing in a number martial arts including Sanda and Muay Thai and Western boxing.
He has a professional background as a performer and songwriter, and has been fortunate enough to work with and develop many musicians who have gone on to work with artists including Adele, Ella Eyre, JLS, Tinie Tempah, Status Quo and Emeli Sande.
Dave was born, raised and educated in Australia. After travelling around Central America learning about different agricultural systems he made his first steps into English teaching by running English–language gardening workshops with Guatemalan school children. He has also worked as an EFL teacher in Vietnam and taught practical English to newly arrived immigrants in Melbourne. In between travels Dave has completed a Bachelor of Social Science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the Trinity DipTESOL and post–graduate study in International Development.
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.
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.
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.