The English Teacher Training College Team
Board of Directors
Teaching is the most noble and unselfish of professions. I am honored to bring to bear my considerable experience as a business leader and military officer in assisting our great teachers in making our world a better place. We know the ability to communicate, exchange ideas and goals, creates empathy. Empathy leads to peace and peace leads to prosperity for all. A profound concept worthy of great effort.
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
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.
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.
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.
Joanna has recently returned to the college after spending two years living and working in Philadelphia. She graduated from Cambridge university in 2013 and became a student teacher on the course attaining her CertTESOL and TEFL-YL qualification. This is the ninth country she has resided in and has taught students from all over the world in her career as an English teacher. One of her passions is travelling. She loves visiting Europe via train and aspires to visit more European countries while in Austria.
Andy grew up in Reading, England, but was born in Canada to an English father and a Scottish mother, who first met skiing in Austria. During his studies of Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish) at the University of Southampton, Andy spent a year living in Bregenz working as a Teaching Assistant in two Austrian schools through the British Council. After graduating, he was eager to return to Austria, and spent a year and a half in the same role, this time in Graz. He has worked at ABCi as the Sales and Promotions Teacher since February 2017. In his spare time Andy enjoys getting outside and taking advantage of Austria’s natural landscape by skiing, cycling, hiking, swimming and travelling, especially when rewarded with a Schnitzel or any other Austrian dish.
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.
Beth comes from the north of England and has a BA in History from Northumbria University. She is passionate about education and equality and has spent a total of four years volunteering in this sector. One of her main hobbies is rock climbing and she is looking forward to the ski season and the opportunity to hit the slopes.
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.
Nika is a graduate of Communication and Interpretation, which she studied in Maribor at the Faculty of Arts. She was born and raised in Slovenia and moved to Austria in 2016. She fell in love with languages already as a child while travelling the world with her parents. When she grew up she continued to do so alone, firstly with school projects and later on as part of a theatre group to performances all over Europe. Her interest has always been language in connection with culture and the people within the environment. In her free time she likes to play piano, perform in theatre pieces and do voluntary work and projects. She started to work the College because she always thought English plays an extremely meaningful role in society and everyone should have the possibility to learn it and therefore have more options in life, and she wants to be a part of the process.
Tamala is originally from the USA but was raised abroad and has lived in 20 countries (and has travelled to over 40 countries). She holds dual citizenship (American and Irish) and has spent many fond years in Dublin where most of her family currently live. Whilst living in Dublin she worked in the independent music scene as a promoter. Since 2015 Tamala has been studying for a BSc(hons) in Social Psychology through distance learning with the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. In addition, Tamala is also studying web development. Previously, she was a corporate English trainer in Austria for XXXLutz GmbH at their headquarters in Wels and is now enjoying an exciting career change. Tamala’s spare time is divided between making music, organising gigs and building websites – a strange and wonderful combination. She also likes yoga, meditation and enjoys quality time hanging out with friends.
Isabel was born and raised in Austria. After she finished her Bachelor in Sports Science/Human Body Movement and Sports-therapy she completed a Diploma in Social Peadagogics before heading to Central America where she lived for almost three years – and met her husband, Dave. She has worked in educational and international development projects in most parts of Guatemala and Nicaragua, Australia, Vietnam and eastern Europe.
Planning on further travel, Isabel attained her CELTA and accompanied Dave to many countries and locations as a certified Trainer in Language Teaching specialised in teaching adults and CLIL.
Project based work is her preferred method and multitasking is her thing. Her background in executing health and safety projects in primary schools in lower Austria has enabled her to take on the role as our Project Coordinator for Pressbaum. Isabel believes in the program ABCi offers and wants to provide her best support to the schools, teachers and the team.
Her biggest passion is her family – Dave and her 1,5 year old daughter Zoé.
Claudia was born and raised in Wels (Upper Austria). She holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering & Economics and a PhD in Technical Science from Johannes Kepler University of Linz. While writing her thesis she worked as a university assistant in the department of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry. After her studies she worked for an engineering company in research and development, and as a product manager and international project manager of surface treatment plants for many years.
She lives in Vorchdorf with her partner and 7-year-old son. She loves spending her time with her family and enjoys gardening, playing the piano, travelling, skiing, doing needlework and flying an airplane.