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: Argentina, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Italy, Lichtenstein. Luxembourg, Namibia, Nepal, Peru,  South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, US (East and West Coasts), Viet Nam, Zimbabwe ... and many others still to come, I hope.


Claudia Abfalterer

Austrian. Born 1977 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Languages: German native and business English.

Practice-orientated, commercial business apprenticeship.

Claudia has a degree in event management and is a certified vitality coach. She gained private school administrative know-how and knowledge during her last employment position. She spent a year in England as an au pair where she attended Greenwich College langauge school in London.

Claudia is the school secretary at 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 the Department of American Studies at Innsbruck University where she graduated with a PhD in 2008. Claudia studied in London, UK 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.


Judith Zuchna, BEd

Austrian. Born 1994 in Salzburg, Austria.   

Languages: German, fluent English and Spanish.

After her school education Judith moved from Salzburg to Innsbruck where she attended  the Teacher Training College and gained her BEd in primary education. Judith also obtained a certificate in teaching German as a foreign langage from the Goethe Institute.

Before taking on the position as a German teacher at COLE International Schools Judith worked as a volunteer in a children's centre in South Africa.

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.


Lisa Erdozain, BSocSci 

British. Born 1975 in England.

Languages: English native and intermediate German.


Lisa has a BSocSci in Social Policy from the University of Birmingham, England. Over many years she has enjoyed working with children and young people in various community based roles, including a year in a challenging community project in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lisa home-educated her three daughter during their pre-school and early primary school years, as well as organising and teaching in various workshops involving other home-educated children.


In the Spring of 2016 Lisa and her family moved to Tirol and thoroughly enjoy living in Austria. Her three daughters attend the bi-lingual project in the AGI in Innsbruck.


Lisa is employed as a native English speaking teaching assistant in COLE English Pre-school.


Lucy Stephens, BA

British. Born in 1994 in Wales, UK.

Languages: native English, intermediate German.

Lucy has a BA in English Literature and Linguistics from The University of Nottingham, England. She has worked with High School students in both the mainstream and those with ASD where she found a passion for working with children to help them reach their potential.  Lucy has recently moved to Innsbruck and is currently learning German in order to study at the University of Innsbruck. She is enjoying her new experience working with young children.

Lucy is employed part-time in COLE International Schools, English Pre-school.


Kerstin Prohaska

Austrian. Born in Austria in 1996

Languages: German native, fluent English.

Whilst at high school Kerstin spent much of her free time working with children. Then, after graduating high school Kerstin spent a year in Ireland working as an au-pair for a family with 5 children. After Ireland she moved to Innsbruck to begin her studies in sociology and is now in her 5th term at Innsbruck university.

Kerstin is employed part-time as a helper in COLE International Schools – English Pre-school.


Dmitri Ignatchenko

Canadian: Born 1995 in Russia.

Languages: English native, intermediate German.


Dmitri studied ICT at school in Brighton College, UK, and currently studies Psychology at the University of Innsbruck. He has previously tutored children of various nationalities in Mathematics and English, where he discovered his passion for teaching literacy of different sorts, whether it be linguistic, mathematical or, as in this case, computer literacy.

As of the school year 2018/2019 Dmitri is employed as an IT teacher. We are very pleased to welcome Dmitri on board.


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.


Samuel Eke

Austrian. Born 1998 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Languages: German native, fluent English and basic Italian.

Samuel is studying medicine at the Medical University of Innsbruck and is aspiring to become a paediatric surgeon. He gained valuable experience whilst volunteering as a teaching assistant in South Africa before joining COLE  International Schools as a teacher for integrated science.

Apart from his medicine studies he is passionate about neuroscience and psychology. Using his knowledge and interests in the diverse sciences, Samuel is looking forward to motivating the pupils with exciting and educational lessons in integrated science.

We are very pleased to have Sam on board with us at COLE International Schools.


Christoph Straganz

Austrian. Born 1994 in Tirol, Austria.

Languages: German native and good English.

Christoph is currently studying Sport and Geography at the University of Innsbruck. He has experience teaching gymnastics and skiing to pre-school and primary school children.

For the past three years Christoph has carried out his passion for teaching sport by also working as a head teacher in numerous summer sport camps in and around Innsbruck.

We are very pleased to welcome Christoph to the COLE International Schools team where he will be teaching sport.