Hello, my name is Rizwana and I come from Birmingham, England. I have been living in Vienna for over 15 years and am a mother to two wonderful girls.
It was after college that I realised I wanted to work with children and my position as a classroom assistant at a junior school in Birmingham only strengthened my career choice. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there and gained some valuable insight into the teaching profession.
I completed my training as an English language instructor in 2010 and started conducting English courses for adults and children at various language institutes in Vienna. During this time I was able to develop and enhance my teaching skills and learn new and fun ways of teaching children, which I immediately incorporated into my lessons with very promising results.
I soon realised that I was at my happiest when working with young children, which prompted me to pursue a diploma in early childhood education and care in 2015. During my studies I worked at the VEP as a group assistant for over one year and am now working as a pedagogue after completing the diploma.
Inclusive education is at the core of my philosophy. I value individual differences, interests and play. Providing equitable learning opportunities and care which meet individual children’s needs is of utmost importance to me.
I bring with me a wealth of new ideas, creative approaches and a passion to nurture children’s explorative nature. I am eager and feel privileged to contribute to the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of young children and am dedicated to providing a stimulating and fun environment in order for them to thrive and grow into happy and confident individuals.
Hello, my name is Peter and was born and raised in Connecticut, U.S.A. I have been here in Vienna for just over 4 years and so happy to be living in such a wonderful, dynamic city.
While I got my BSc in Business and a BA in music, I have been teaching for many more years. At the start of high school I began teaching piano and saxophone to elementary and middle school students. This was my first real experience teaching. Teaching any subject or material can often be difficult and come with its fair share of stress, but I think most teachers would agree that the feeling you get when you watch your students begin to grow and learn, is an immensely gratifying one.
Since living in Vienna I have taught in other kindergartens and after working in an Austrian public kindergarten I soon decided I missed the diversity of an international school. I am so excited to be working as an assistant at VEP and hope I can bring the creativity and passion found in learning to your children as I was fortunate enough to grow up with.
Hello my name is Craig. I come from a small town in England called Corby, it's a lot different from living in the city but I am extremely happy to be here in Vienna.
I love to travel; during my travels I've seen a lot of beautiful places. I've travelled to New Zealand, Vietnam, Cyprus and I also spent a summer travelling around Europe.
Moving to Austria and starting work in the school is a new challenge for me but one that I am ready and excited for. I am looking forward to becoming a friend to the teachers and the kids, to learn from the kids as well as teach them. I come from a big family back home and I've always been surrounded by children. I could see how they were growing into their own characters, for a long time I thought I'd like to be there to help and guide them a long the way. Being older and wiser myself I am hoping to do that here in the VEP.
(Teacher on maternity leave)
Hello, my name is Mairi and I come from Aberdeen.
I studied English Literature at the University of St Andrews and qualified as an English as a Second Language teacher before I moved to Vienna in August 2014. While I was a student, I worked with children of all ages in a number of voluntary organisations. I gained a lot of experience of working with younger children in a local breakfast club, worked for many years in a school book club, and was also involved in planning and teaching in summer holiday clubs.
The first English classes I taught in Vienna were for kindergarten age children, and after that I was sure that teaching and particularly early years education was the path for me.
I love reading, singing and doing crafts with children. I’ve always encouraged creativity, communication and play in my English classes. I think this is the best way for children to learn and it’s so exciting for me to see them gaining new skills.
I really enjoy working with your children and I look forward to continuing to provide a supportive and stimulating environment in my new role in the Green Group.
(Teacher on maternity leave)
Hello, my name is Hannah and I am from England. I have been working at the VEP in the Green Group since 2008. After returning from maternity leave in 2012, I began studying for my Diploma in Pre-school Practice and qualified as a pedagogue at the end of 2014, taking over leadership of the group soon afterwards. I was delighted to take on the role of Green Group teacher, working as part of a dedicated and caring team.
Before moving to Austria, I spent nine years working in art galleries and museums in the UK, having graduated from university with a first class honours degree in Art History. As a gallery curator I led educational workshops for children of all ages, and I also have experience of working in primary schools.
Having been involved in art education for many years, I believe that creative and artistic activities are very important in fostering children’s individuality, self-confidence and communication skills. At VEP I have specialised as an art teacher, developing imaginative arts and crafts projects specifically for this age-group that encourage free expression and improve the children’s fine motor skills while experimenting with different materials and techniques.
I bring a wealth of experience, not only from working as a teacher and art educator, but also as a parent myself. I know how important it is to nurture each child as an individual, taking the time to understand their particular needs and supporting them as they find their own voice and their place in the world. I believe that it is crucial to provide a rich variety of play and learning activities that respond to the children’s emerging interests and developmental needs, so they can achieve their full potential.
Working closely with my colleagues, my aim is to provide a secure, sensitive and stimulating environment for the children throughout their time in the Green Group.