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Rosemarie E. Ladner-Cole, MA


Rosemarie E. Ladner-Cole


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.


Andrew Webber, MA


Claudia Abfalterer

British. Born 1989 in England.

Languages: Native English, Intermediate German.

Andrew has a BA in Classics (Latin & Ancient Greek) and an MA in Ancient History from the University of Liverpool.

Having found his passion in teaching at University, he taught at both primary and secondary private schools in England, teaching Latin, History, and Ancient Greek to children aged 8-18.

Andrew and his wife, a native Austrian, moved to Innsbruck in the summer of 2019 to raise their children bi-lingually.

Andrew is employed as an Academic Secretary at COLE International Schools, and is looking forward to getting involved in all parts of life at COLE.


Michaela Mairhofer


Claudia Abfalterer

Born in 1983 in Austria

Languages: native German, intermediate English

Having qualified with a diploma in elementary education, Michaela has worked with children for nearly twenty years. She believes that you never really stop learning, and has thus taken courses in (among others) first aid, forest pedagogy, pastoral support for young children and, most recently, a leadership management course for childcare facilities.

Michaela is not only a qualified Austrian kindergarten teacher, but has also founded a forest-kindergarten, which she led for ten years. She brings a great deal of passion for teaching, experience with children and a fantastic sense of humour to her role as German kindergarten teacher at COLE Pre-school.

Michaela is married with two children, both of whom attend COLE.


Dr. Claudia Schwarz


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.


Mary Karacalik, BA & PGCE


Mary Karacalik

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.


Annica Hein, MEd


Annica Hein, MEd

German. Born 1992 in Germany.

Languages: German native, fluent English and basics in Italian.

After her school education Annica worked for a year in New Zealand as an AuPair where she first developed a passion for working with children. She then studied Primary Education with the focus on European studies and bilingual teaching at the University of Freiburg. She finished her studies in 2019 with the highest possible grade while also working for one and a half years at a German Primary School near Lake Constance.

Alongside of her studies and before taking the position as German teacher at COLE International Schools Annica worked as a skiing instructor in Lech and a windsurfing instructor mainly at lago d’Idro in Italy.


Siobhan Moore-Lynch, BA


Naomi Kennedy

British. Born 1990 in England.

Languages: English native and Spanish.

Siobhan has a BA in Primary Education from the University of Roehampton. After graduating, she worked as a primary school teacher in England before moving to Spain where she continued her teaching career, working in international schools in Barcelona and Madrid. Siobhan has a sporting background and while training to be a teacher, she worked as a sports coach where she taught a range of different sports and helped children to develop both their social and physical skills.


Sophie Ruthven, MA


British. Born 1991 in the UK

Languages: English native, fluent German and Swedish

Sophie has a Master's Degree in German and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Edinburgh and a CELTA certificate. She is currently undertaking further studies in Linguistics at the University of Salzburg via distance learning.

After graduating, Sophie worked in various countries and eventually came to Tyrol to be a ski instructor. She then moved to Moscow to teach English to young children and teenagers. Having now returned to Austria, she is looking forward to helping children gain a broad and well-rounded educational experience at COLE International Schools.






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