Rosemarie E. Ladner-Cole, MA

Born in London, England, UK on the 12th April 1955.

Father British, mother Austrian.

British and Austrian nationalities. Languages English native and fluent German.

Grew up and lived in England until 1975. Travelled around Europe and settled in Tirol in the winter of 1975/76. Married to OStR. Mag. rer. nat. Wolfgang C. A. Ladner.

Founder of ‘Advertising Agency Ladner’, ‘COLE English Pre-school’ and ‘COLE International Schools’.

British qualifications:

British high school ‘O’ & ‘A’ levels exams (Matura).

MA = Masters Degree in English Language Teaching, University of East London, UK.

CACHE = British teacher and headmistress qualification for children aged 0 to 6, England, UK.

Austrian qualifications:

Diploma in Commercial Art (summa cum laude).

Qualified advertising consultant and planer.

Qualified teacher for commercial office apprentices.


2010-2011 award winner of the ‘Kerry Dodd Prize for Linguistics’, University of East London, England, UK.


Reading books on quantum physics & astrophysics, and travelling.

Regular short trips back home to England, UK.

Other travels include: Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Nepal, India, USA (East and West coasts), France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Lichtenstein, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece ... and many others still to come, I hope.


Elena Federspiel-Telser, BA

Italian. Born 1988 in Italy/South Tirol.

Languages: German native, fluent Italien and good English.

Elena graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science at the University of Innsbruck and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Organisation Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Education. As of the start of the 2016-2017 school year Elena is employed as trainee- manager for COLE International Schools.


Dr. Claudia Schwarz

Austrian. Born 1979 in Austria.

Languages: German native and professional English.

Studied English, philosophy, psychology and pedagogy at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She finished her teacher training and worked as an assistant professor at theDepartment of American Studies at Innsbruck University where she graduated with a PhD in 2008. Claudia studied in London and did research in various places in the USA. Since 2012 Claudia has worked as managing director at a think tank in Upper Austria and supports the team of COLE International Schools as honorary headmistress.


Theresa Bilgeri, BEd

Austrian. Born 1993 in Vorarlberg, Austria.   

Languages: German and fluent English

BEd in primary education at the Teacher Training College in Innsbruck, Tirol

Theresa spent a year in America as an au pair and also time working in an Ethiopian orphanage on a volunteer programme.

German teacher at COLE International School. 

Mary Karacalik, BA & PGCE

British. Born 1958 in England.

Languages: English native, fluent German and Turkish.


Mary has a BA in German Studies from the University of Lancaster, England and a PGCE in Primary Education from Christchurch College, Canterbury, England.

Over the last nineteen years Mary has been employed as a primary school teacher in a British primary school near London where she also completed further education in maths, phonics and literacy. She also taught English for a number of years in Germany and Turkey.

Mary is enjoying her new school environment and life in beautiful Tirol.


Katie Maynard, BSc 

British. Born 1992 in England.

Languages: English native and basic German.


Katie has a BSc in Business Management and Marketing from Cardiff University, England. Over the last years she has been working with children in diverse teaching roles which is where she discovered her passion for teaching children.


After recently relocating to Tirol Katie gained a position with COLE International Schools as a native teaching assistant in COLE English Pre-school.


Nadine Fry, BA

British. Born 1977 in England.

Languages: English native and basic German.

Nadine received her BA in European Studies and History at Liverpool John Moore's University, England. She has experience working as an English language teaching assistant in both primary and secondary schools in Austria and Germany as well as in a teacher training college in Austria.

Nadine enjoys swimming and running as well as music and singing. She is a native teaching assistant in COLE International Schools - English Pre-school.


James Crick

British. Born in London, England in 1988

Languages: English native, advanced Portugese and basic German.

Jim is a native English speaker from London who has been working with international children since 2010. He started predominantly in sports coaching at a primary level then moved into teaching English as a foreign language while he was living in Brazil volunteering with underprivileged children. During his time there he developed his ability to adapt to different cultures whilst also learning the Portuguese language. Jim finished secondary school with seven GCSEs and three NVQs. He has a passion for the development and growth of children and relishes the challenges that accompany working with young learners. Jim is employed part-time in COLE International Schools - English Pre-school.


Carmen Tannich-Wallner

Austrian. Born 1979 in Austria.

Languages: German native and good English.


Carmen is a professional singer and percussionist, studio and session singer, vocal coach, and songwriter. She spends her time working in Austria and Germany.

We are very pleased to have won Carmen as a music teacher for the children in COLE International Schools.