The English Teacher Training College and ABCi announce new leadership
It only took five years for our English Teacher Training College and Austrian Bilingual Classroom Initiative (ABCi) to become one of the fastest growing organisations in Austria’s history. Now we are excited to announce some major changes across our board and leadership to pave the way for a new era.
Founded in 2011 by the American Frank Carle and the Australian Ben Stone, the idea was to radically improve the Austrian education system and to spread the English language and intercultural understanding. Both started out as teachers themselves, and they have to this day remained passionate about teaching and passing it on to future generations of native speaking English teachers. Earlier this week they announced their retirement from their respective previous positions as President and Vice President. Frank Carle will remain Honorary President. Ben Stone has been elected Honorary Vice President and will take some time off to spend with his wife and young child. The entire organisation would like to thank our founding fathers for their passion and your commitment, their ceaseless hard work and the many sacrifices they had to make to build this organisation. We wish them all the best for their well-deserved break.
At the same time we are proud to announce our new President Claud Fourie and Vice President Sereya Talirz. Both of them joined us early in 2017 as HR Manager and Sales and Marketing Manager respectively, and have rapidly established themselves as strong, inspiring and hard-working leaders. They joined the board of directors this summer and will now lead the organisation into a new era of continued growth and international expansion. They are joined by Academic Director Robert Kennedy and Director of Studies Dave King. Professor Jakob Gfrerer remains Chancellor, with Dr. Sebastian Stein acting as Ombudsman.