Team

MEET THE TEAM

Unser Team besteht aus Muttersprachlern, die ihre Fachgebiete mit großer Begeisterung und Fachwissen vermitteln. Dazu gehören Experten für technisches Englisch, interkulturelle Kommunikation, Präsentieren, Wirtschaftsenglisch und Projektmanagement – um nur einige zu nennen. Was uns dabei auszeichnet ist die Mischung aus erfahrenen Lehrern, die schon seit langem bei uns sind, und neueren Lehrern, die uns immer wieder frischen Wind bringen. Wir haben für jede Anforderung den perfekten Trainer.

Our knowledge – your knowledge.

 

Donal O'Riada
Director
Donal is Irish, has two kids and has been living in Germany since 1995. Before Donal came to Germany, he had been working as an actor, shepherd and on his parents’ golf course in Ireland. He learned a lot from these different activities for his eventual vocation as a teacher. When he arrived in Germany, he successfully worked for different language schools and acquired the Certificate for Teaching Business English with distinction. His particular teaching strengths are: English for presentations, language of meetings, negotiations, project management, action learning and technical English.
Matthew Victor
Geschäftsführer
Matthew’s role in the company is many facetted. One of his most important roles is key account manager for companies such as Sortimo, MDT, manroland to name but a few. He liases with the responsible people in these companies to ensure we offer exactly what our clients need and is most beneficial to them. He is our technical expert and can boast a huge knowledge of technical terms and processes thanks to his American/German background and his mastery of both languages. Recently he has turned his talents to video making, including image and training videos for our customers as well as creating his own unique brand of seminar in conjunction with our customer requirements.
Lan Ho
Elisabeth Ruben-Schmid
Training & Quality Manager

English Elisabeth comes from Boston, Massachusetts on the east coast of the USA. After finishing her bachelor´s degree in Urban Planning and geography she worked as a city planner for various communities in the greater Boston area. She discovered her love of languages while living in Nicaragua. In the meantime, she lives Germany and is a dedicated CELTA certified business English trainer with fifteen years of experience in teaching business English for international companies. For her, the quality of language learning begins with engaging and goal oriented instruction.
Divya Sharma
Trainer
Divya was born in India and came to England at the age of two. She grew up in London and studied German and Italian. Since coming to Germany in 1985, she has been teaching at different schools and companies in the Augsburg region. In 1998, she received a specific “Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults” (CELTA). Furthermore, she got a degree for “Teaching International English for Business”. She is specialised in office communication, grammar and telephone training. In her free time she enjoys going to the movies or meeting friends, for example in the “English Book Club”.
David Loucks
Trainer
David is from British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. After completing a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, he had worked with the indigenous Canadians and got to know their unique culture and traditions. At the same time he discovered his passion for surfing and surfed the world to experience it and get to know many new people. When working as a surf instructor, he found out that he enjoyed teaching. Consequently, he successfully completed the training as a business English teacher. Having settled in Germany in the meantime, he teaches with great enthusiasm and is continuously striving to convey the English language to his students in an exciting and professional way.
Aggie Vierling
Trainer
Aggie is from Canada and has been living in Augsburg since 1986. She has completed an apprenticeship in one of Canada’s most successful banks in Toronto, where she continued working for seven years. She used to work in different departments at the U.S. Military Community Bank in Augsburg. In 1999, she terminated her job following the withdrawal of the American Armed Forces from Augsburg. Her special teaching fields are: telephone training, commercial English, conversation and small talk. In her free time she enjoys running half-marathons.
Irene Frank
Trainer
Irene was born in Munich in 1980 and studied English, Spanish and Italian at the University of Augsburg. Since she has spent several months in the USA and Spain, she speaks both languages fluently. Moreover she has a very broad pedagogical and didactical education, in particular in the language learning field. Due to her long-standing experience as a musician and singing teacher she knows how to inspire and motivate. Music is her great passion. She is the singer, songwriter and guitarist of the band Vivid Curls. In the meantime, she is also a mother of two girls. All of this provides a solid foundation for real life and teaching.
Kristen Gast
Trainer
Kristen Gast was born in Chicago and has studied church music and theology as well as singing at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, where she graduated with a master degree. After having studied with a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Music in Stuttgart for two years, she had an engagement at several operas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2002, Kristen was trained as an English teacher. Since that time she has been teaching business English at many well-known companies. In 2008 she worked as a mentor for the University of Music Nuremberg-Augsburg and since 2012 she, in addition, is an official tour guide for the Regio Augsburg.
Rosa Nieves
Trainer
Rosa teaches Spanish, English, French and Italian. She is from Spain, where she graduated at the University of Navarra in 2004. Afterwards, she worked in many different fields and countries. In doing so, she came into contact with the most diverse people and cultures. Conveying cultural peculiarities, grammar, conversation and exam preparation are part of her teaching strengths. Thanks to her years of experience, she always knows how to motivate and get her students interested.
Tara Skelly
Trainer
Tara teaches general English, technical English and business English. She is from Ireland and has repeatedly been living in Augsburg since 2012. In 2010, she spent an ERASMUS (European study programme) year at the University of Augsburg as part of her studies. Tara completed her studies at the National University of Ireland in Galway in 2011 majoring in sociology, political science and German philology. Although she mostly works with adults and employed persons, she also gained a lot of experience in teaching children, since she got involved in different areas of youth work at an early stage. Conveying intercultural communication, intelligible pronunciation, grammar as well as Irish cultural studies are her strengths.
Pierre Feirreira
Trainer
Skilled Teacher and instructor in Background in working with people of varying cultures and backgrounds. Solid expertise in the English language and curriculum development. Bachelor in Theology, Africa School of Missions, Whiteriver South Africa, BA Theol 1995, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Anthropology, Ethics, Homiletics, Hermeneutics, Psychology I-III The Nature College 2003 Ranger course Level I&II Karoo NP, Ecology, Conservation, Trees and Shrubs, Biomes, Coastal, Forest, Savannah, Karoo, Cape Fynbos. Animal behaviour, Climatology, Geology, Research and Tracking Big 5 Game walks, eco-Tourism and Wildlife research science.
Patrizia Hölzl
Trainer
John Lundy
Trainer
Michelle Keilen
Translations / Trainer
Michelle was born in a little fishing village called Crosshaven, which is also home to the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork, Ireland. There she studied Hotel Management before coming to Germany. She has been living in Augsburg since 1998 and is married with two little children. In 2004 she did the Tefl. examination and taught in diverse schools and companies in Munich, Augsburg and Kaufering. In 2009 she went back to Cork to do a Business Bachelor. She has been working as a translator since 2011. Her areas of expertise are Catering, Technical English, Business English, Grammar, General English and Intercultural difference.

Nicole Harbort
Trainer French/German
Nicole kommt aus der Nähe von Hannover und studierte in Lüneburg Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften mit den Schwerpunkten Sprache und Kommunikation sowie Geographie und Tourismus. Sie hat 4 Jahre in Frankreich (Paris und Südfrankreich) gelebt. Seit 2004 lebt sie in Augsburg und unterrichtet sowohl Erwachsene als auch Kinder in Französisch und Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Nebenberuflich ist sie Nia-Tanzfitness-Trainerin. In ihrer Freizeit geht sie gerne joggen, mit ihrem Hund spazieren und sehr gern ins Kino.
Patrick Zimmermann
Trainer
Patrick kommt aus Augsburg und studiert dort an der Universität Mittelschullehramt mit dem Hauptfach Englisch. Im Rahmen seines Studiums hat er 2015 bereits ein halbjähriges Auslandspraktikum als Lehrer an einer Schule in St. Paul, Minnesota absolviert und dort nicht nur wichtige Unterrichtserfahrungen gesammelt sondern auch sein Englisch perfektioniert. Auch in Deutschland hat er bereits mehrere Praktika an Schulen absolviert und gibt regelmäßig Englisch-Nachhilfe-Kurse für Schüler und Erwachsene.
Silvia Dalla Vechia
Marketing and Public Relations
Silvia is Brazilian with Italian citizenship and has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Sao Paulo (Brazil) Casper Libero University and specialization in branding and crisis management. She has developed Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media projects and campaigns for companies such as Emirates Airline, American Airlines, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and Airbus for more than 12 years. Her experience also includes living and working in Australia, New York and Madrid. Silvia is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Betina Krebs Eberth
Trainer
Betina is Brazilian and has been living in Germany since February 2016. She is married to a German and has a Brazilian daughter, who also lives in Augsburg. She has been an English teacher since 1996, certified by the University of Cambridge in Language and Methodology (ICELT). In São Paulo, Brazil, where she is from, she worked for several language schools including the largest English school in South America, Cultura Inglesa, where she also coordinated branches with up to 4,000 students and 40 teachers. Betina has experience teaching TOEFL preparation lessons; business English and general English as well as Brazilian Portuguese. Even though Betina was a language school coordinator in the past, her true calling is without any doubt teaching, which she does with all her heart.