The staff at IES consists of qualified and experienced teachers with international teaching experience. All the teachers meet regularly to discuss practices in the school and provide support for all the teachers. Staff promotes the same common practices inside the classroom. Each class has one native speaker teacher and one Austrian teacher who speaks fluent English. Small classes and the team-teaching model allows for close and individualized attention for students, encourages students to participate, and provides a multi-cultural learning environment for an international student body.

The teachers come from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Roberto A. Lorenzatto, MA
Native English Teacher

roberto_lorenzattoOften referred to as “Mr. L” by his students, Roberto originally hails from Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.A.). He has always enjoyed working with youth and helping them to develop into well rounded young adults. Roberto began his teaching career in the Bronx, New York City. His passion for teaching has enabled him to live, teach and work with children in many places throughout the world, such as the United States, England, Spain and Japan. Austria seems to be a perfect fit and allows Roberto to actively partake in many of the hobbies that he enjoys, such as snowboarding, travelling, mountain biking and any other new, exciting sport that he discovers. He also enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, listening to music, surfing, telling jokes and relaxing with friends and family. Roberto is happy to call the Austrian Alps his second home and the students and staff of Innsbruck Elementary his second family.

Daniela Witsch, MA
Austrian Elementary and Special Needs Teacher

daniela_witschDaniela is from Innsbruck, Austria. She first started her teaching career in a special needs school where she worked with severely disabled, blind and visually impaired students. In 2002, Daniela combined her passion for travelling and working with children and spent four years abroad, teaching at independent grammar schools in Norway, London and Melbourne, Australia. Miss W, as the students call her, is a huge animal lover and spends most of her free time in the great outdoors. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, mountain biking, yoga and reading.

Gwen Robin van der Merwe, Bed
Native English Teacher

IMG_6381(1)Gwen was born on an avocado farm in South Africa. After finishing High School in South Africa she went on a GAP year to Australia and worked as a student teacher at a boarding school. Gwen loved it so much that she decided to do a Bachelors degree in Education majoring in English, Learning Support (Special needs) and Sport. After completing her degree she still had the travel bug so she set off for South Korea to teach for 2 years. Saving up during that time she travelled around the world for a year. Gwen then jetted off to Hong Kong where she taught at Think International Kindergarten for a further 2 years. Afterwards she returned to South Africa and studied to become a Game Ranger/Field Guide as she loves wildlife and being in the bush and that’s where she met her current partner and decided to make Austria their home for now. Her hobbies include anything involving wildlife, travelling, sports, the general outdoors, chocolate and camping. In her leisure time she enjoys reading a good book!




Susanne Schöberl
Austrian Elementary Teacher

susanne_schoeberlBorn into a family of teachers Susanne grew up in a village near Innsbruck. Before starting her teaching career, she gained international experience while studying in Canterbury, UK, and travelling around the world. Susanne also worked for an association teaching road safety at various kindergartens. Miss S, as she is known at school, has a keen interest in nature, sports and culture. She loves travelling and seeing new places, discovering great landscapes, hiking, tobogganing, horse riding, swimming, as well as reading, musicals and cooking.



Lizzy Hollands

Native English Teacher

Lizzy is from a rural part of UK, having grown up in the countryside she never finds herself far from a hill, mountain or the sea. She was born into a family of teachers, after completing her first degree in Communication Impairments she began her career working with students with additional educational needs. Having always had a great love for the mountains she travelled around Europe spending several winters working in the mountains. Since then Lizzy has worked in several different educational settings including a language school in Spain, an International school in Copenhagen and several schools in the UK. Having always wanted to live in the mountains and having a passion for teaching, she is delighted to have the opportunity to be working at Innsbruck Elementary School. She sees Innsbruck as the ideal place to live as it caters to all her interests.


Miren Arroyabe
Austrian Elementary Teacher

MirenMiren was born in San Francisco / USA but her family moved to Innsbruck when she was one. Her dream has always been to teach children. After working as a youth worker for the Catholic Church and as a teacher for Religious Education, she finally ended up at Innsbruck Elementary School. She is thrilled to be working as a primary school teacher. By using various teaching methodologies, “Miss A” as she’s called at IES, aims to achieve her learning targets in a friendly, child-centered environment. In her free time Miren loves going on long ski tours, hiking in the mountains and mountain biking.

 

 

Rush Bowers, MA
Native English Speaker

2017-10-30-PHOTO-00000011Rush originally comes from Jackson, Michigan (USA). After wrapping up his undergraduate degree in English and German education at Western Michigan University, he began his teaching career working at a boarding school in the Black Forest of Germany. His teaching career now spans many years with stops in Germany, years of highly rewarding experience in Austria and even including two stints in his home state of Michigan. In the professional forefront, Rush greatly enjoys teaching English and German as a second language, but he also embraces time spent outdoors hiking, skiing, and simply being in nature. He holds a Masters of Science in teaching second languages. Helping young people to reach their full potential and to achieve great things in life is the aspect he appreciates the most about the profession. Now in his second stint at the Innsbruck Elementary School, Rush is happy to be a part of the IES team.


Theresa Laner, MA

Austrian Elementary Teacher

theresa_lanerShe is from Jenbach, a village near Innsbruck, Austria. Theresa has gained a lot of teaching experience during her studies in Austria and in Malta as well as working with children in California, USA. Fondly known as “Miss L,” she also taught at an elementary school in Germany where she was responsible for children with special needs. As a qualified Montessori teacher she implements the principles of this method in her every day teaching. Her hobbies include travelling around the world, skiing, swimming, reading and relaxing with friends.

 

 

 

Joseph Manning
Native English Teacher

IMG_0080Joe originally comes from Wolverhampton in England. After finishing his degree in Music at Cardiff University, he completed his teaching qualifications in the Welsh Valleys. Since, Joe has had the opportunity of teaching in Herefordshire (UK), Auckland (NZ), Nandi (Kenya) and Devon (UK). Joe thrives working with young people and helping them reach their potential. Outside of work, he enjoys playing piano, saxophone, hiking, skiing, swimming and football. He is a big fan of the English football team Wolves. A highlight about living in Innsbruck for Joe is being able to travel and learn about different cultures while still being able to teach, two of his passions. Joe is excited to be working with the amazing staff and students at IES.


Monika A. Kilga, MA

Austrian Elementary and Special Needs Teacher

 Monika grew up in Innsbruck. She discovered her love for foreign countries and languages as a teenager, while spending her summers in international summer camps. When she was working as a special needs teacher, she gained additional skills as a sports teacher and as a counselling teacher. Monika likes to spend her free time outdoors with her family and friends. Her hobbies include hiking, climbing, sledging and skiing.

 

 

 

Carol Jackson , MA
Native English Speaker

IMG_5338Carol is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but she moved to Canada when she was a teenager. After finishing her degree in Vancouver, she moved to Europe where she taught in London, England and eventually also in Innsbruck, Austria.  Her travelling bug had not yet been satisfied so she went off on an adventure and lived and taught in Santiago, Chile and Singapore. She is passionate about teaching and has a lot to offer with her wide range of teaching experience in different cultures. Now, after returning to Innsbruck, and returning to Innsbruck Elementary School, she is thrilled to be back with the old team as well as the new. At the moment, she spends as much time as possible with her family.



Nina Eder
Austrian Elementary Teacher

402292_3310583492190_1035132951_n(1)Originally coming from a small village in Austria, Nina has been able to gather a lot of international experience during her school time in New Zealand and her studies in Limerick, Ireland. Before pursuing a career in teaching she worked with children in sport clubs and as a tutor. Nina enjoys being out and about in nature, hiking, horseriding, reading and travelling all over the world.  She is very excited to be joining the team at Innsbruck Elementary!

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