My name is Natasha. I spent my early childhood in the US and moved to Austria when I was three years old. I grew up bilingual German-English, as my parents are Swiss and British. My entire schooling was in German, but my home language always remained English.
My childhood dream was to become a kindergarten teacher. At the age of 14 I changed schools to make my dream job a reality. At 19 I graduated as a kindergarten teacher.
I worked as a teacher in the Green Group from 2006 for two and a half years and then moved to the Blue Group. I worked in the preschool group for five and a half years. I love teaching children fun topics, doing crafts and working on new skills with them. Watching children become more independent and developing their own personality brings me great joy.
In 2011 I married an Austrian and a few years later gave birth to a lovely little girl. We are raising her bilingual English-German, which has given me even more insight on bilingual upbringing and education. I find it such a privilege for children to grow up with more than one language.
While I was on maternity leave I wrote, illustrated and published my first English children's book ''The Adventures of Bucklethorn Forest''. This was another dream come true for me.
I am delighted to be back at the preschool and once again working with your lovely children.
Hello, my name is Alexandra and I am originally from Tirol. I have been living in Vienna and working at Vienna English Preschool since 2006.
Before I moved to Vienna I worked in America as an Au-pair for half a year.
During this time I mainly had the chance to see the educational system through visiting different kindergartens and I gained more experience working with children.
When I started working in Vienna English Preschool I took over the pre-school class, preparing the children with the right skills to start school. In March 2008 I moved to the toddler group to get more experience in early childhood education.
Since I had always dreamed of going to Australia to see how the school education functions, I spent four months working and studying in Australia.
I brought back a suitcase full of new ideas and projects, together with the Cambridge Certification in advanced English.
I have been on maternity leave since April 2014. I have enjoyed watching how fast my son, Simon, is growing-up. Being a mum has shown me how important it is, to give a child a happy and caring environment so they feel safe and comfortable. The child should be able explore and play and through that they will learn the most for their future development.
I am so happy and excited to be back in the VEP to support the education of your child.
Hello, my name is Wayne and I come from a small town in England called Corby.
After finishing college, I began teaching children the guitar in my spare time at the request of their parents. Doing this for a period of time I realised that I thoroughly enjoyed this and wanted to take this passion further in the form of a career in teaching.
Around this time, I was also playing music professionally and spent lots of time traveling around Europe playing to many different people. During this time, I visited Vienna and realised that I very much enjoyed the city and country. In 2013 I took the decision to stop playing music professionally rather spend my time teaching it to children and then moved to Austria.
Since beginning my career at the VEP in 2014, I have learnt many exciting ways of teaching and have been given a fantastic platform in which I can bring my passion and love of music to all the children that attend the VEP. I am currently studying to be a fully qualified teacher and hope to one day use all of my experience and knowledge to bring joy and fulfilment into all of the children’s lives and an interest and passion for music that can last a lifetime.
Hello, my name is Ana, and I come from Melbourne, Australia.
I have been living in Vienna for the past 6 years.
After completing my studies, I dove into the world of Fashion for 8 years.
During this time, I was lucky to have amazing mentors that taught me many new skills and instilled in me the work ethic I have today.
At 24 years old, I took a year off to move to Manila, Philippines and learn more about my culture, it was during this time my love for teaching was ignited.
I taught English to young students and the fulfillment and joy I got from this was something I had never experienced before.
When arriving in Vienna, I took advantage of my English skills and worked as an Assistant in a Bilingual Kindergarten.
After some time, I decided to further my education so in 2019 I completed a course as a Daycare Teacher which landed me a teaching job in a Bilingual Kindergroup in the heart of Vienna.
I’m a very passionate person and believe the early stages of a child’s education is very important.
Through my time working with children, I have realized that teaching and building relationships is what brings me joy and makes my life meaningful.
Witnessing development milestones is something I feel very privileged to be a part of.
I’m always excited to share with children the skills to learn for themselves and motivate them to be the best individuals they can be.
I would describe myself as a friendly, creative, enthusiastic, empathetic, patient person who is eager to learn and has a strong love for my family and friends.
VEP has welcomed me with open arms, and I only hope to make amazing memories with the children and colleagues in the future.