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Austria
VIENNA
Regina Rowland
earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and engaged in German/English/French translation and interpretation. She earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in the US at Meredith College and her Master’s in Graphic Design at NC State University. Regina completed her doctorate at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA, in Transdisciplinary Studies. She has been certified as Intercultural Communication Practitioner by the Intercultural Institute in Portland, OR, and as NLP Master Practitioner by NLP Marin in San Rafael, CA. Regina consults internationally, teaches on the university level and is active as a coach. Regina is familiar with the European and US school systems.
Belgium
BRUSSELS
Kristina Wechsler
has taught Spanish, served as a Spanish language interpreter and has managed medical sales and accounts for a medical manufacturer in Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the Middle East. In Minnesota, she developed and managed collaborative learning programs with schools for health and dental services organizations. She is currently assisting  “Living in Luzern”  to plan and develop their website geared towards connecting English-speaking newcomers to vital resources in Lucern. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
France

PARIS
Debbie Rattier
has lived in France for the past 23 years and currently teaches English, writes and translates. She has worked on the board of governors for a local English school. Debbie previously worked in database technical support and was also a consultant, and responsible for writing and giving training courses. She holds a BA (hons) in Geography and English Literature from London University, a UNIX qualification from Berkeley University, and has followed several other courses. She is fluent in English and French. Milla Darcy, a native of California, has spent eighteen years in Europe. She taught English in the public school system in Spain. She coordinated seminars for executives for a Business school in France. In Luxembourg she took up journalism, writing a children’s column for an international community’s magazine. She received Bachelor degree in psychology, and was admitted to PhD clinical psychology program in Berkeley, California, before moving to Europe with her French husband. After studies at the Sorbonne, Milla is fluent in French as well as Spanish. She and her husband are active in their children’s schools and in the International community.

Germany
BONN
Claudia Niessing has extensive experience working in the German school system and in private practice as a teacher and speech-language-pathologist. She has lived and studied in the US. She holds two Master’s degrees in Special Education from the University of Cologne/Germany and in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University.
Hungary
BUDAPEST
Betsy Maury
is a former Senior Editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group in New York. During her tenure there she published the successful series “What Your First through Sixth Grader Should Know” by E.D. Hirsch of the Core Knowledge Foundation, a landmark series for parents and teachers on elementary school education. Since moving abroad in 1995 she has lived in Slovenia and Hungary working as a freelance writer and editor. She has written guidebooks on Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Eastern Europe for Fodor’s Travel Publications. She holds an undergraduate degree in History and Latin from Smith College.
Ireland
DUBLIN
Jennifer von Matuschka
has previously worked in marketing with Rank Xerox (UK) Ltd, organizing the relocation of international families within the company. She is currently guardian for several foreign students who attend boarding schools in Ireland, providing accommodation for them and others during their exeat weekends. She has lived in Germany and the UK. Jenny holds an RSA Diploma for Personal Assistants.
Italy
VENETO
Meret Piderman
began her career in the fashion industry but changed to teaching. She has been teaching art history and art to students 5-14 years old. In addition, she has danced and taught ballet professionally. Recently Meret spent 5 years in the Veneto region of Italy where she was the art teacher at the International Schools of Venice and Treviso. Meret speaks German and Italian and has a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Netherlands

AMSTERDAM
Weja Kuin
studied at the Hotel Management School in The Netherlands and worked in the hotel business for many years in Belgium, England and the United States. After living in the USA, she returned to The Netherlands where she started working as Project Manager for The European Fine Art Foundation, organizing the world famous art fair in Maastricht. She is actively involved with her children’s schools and volunteers on a project that helps underprivileged families find the right schools for their children. Weja is studying ‘pedagogics and educational theory’ at the Hogeschool in Amsterdam and speaks Dutch, English, German and French.Joy Nedved has over 10 years of classroom experience as a teacher and education consultant. Joy spent the past year working at the Smithsonian as a museum educator for divergent learners, but has returned to the Netherlands to pursue further graduate work. Joy earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Special Education. She has completed post graduate work in Montessori education, Orton-Gillingham training and Brain Gym Kinesthology.Joy reads and understands Dutch and is almost fluent in Thai.

Poland
WARSAW
Elzbieta Moczarska
has a broad experience in public and media relations, financial research and business development with international companies. She lived in London for ten years working at large, financial institutions before returning to Poland in 1994 where she has been a Business Director and a Country Manger for an Irish recruitment company. She now works as an independent PR and Business Development consultant. Her recent projects included business development and marketing strategy for one of the leading, non-public high schools in Poland. She studied Education at the University of Warsaw and holds a Diploma in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from the London Chamber of Commerce Institute.
Russia
MSOCOW
Ekaterina Kashirskaya has worked as an Educational Psychologist at the British International School in Moscow and as a freelance consultant at different international schools in the Netherlands and at the Russian school in Amsterdam. She has considerable experience working with bilingual children, developing teaching programs related to the acquisition of several languages, and providing learning support for those with special educational needs. She was educated at Moscow State University, received her MSA  at the University of Essex (UK) and further training at the European Graduate School of Child Neuropsychology in the Netherlands.
Spain
BARCELONA
Arline Burns Coward
has worked as a Reading Specialist in a private special education school in Madrid, and an English as a Second Language Teacher at the US Culture Center. She has lived in Madrid and Barcelona for over twenty years, and is active in many international organizations, including the Federation of American Women’s Clubs. Arline has a Master’s degree in Education with a specialty in Learning Disabilities from Teacher’s College, and a Spanish Studies Diploma from the University of Madrid. Her undergraduate degree is from California State University.
Switzerland

GENEVA
Laura Messenger
is originally from the United States. Laura has lived in Switzerland since 2001. She is a skilled writer and researcher with over 15 years experience in educational settings. Immediately prior to moving to Geneva, Laura worked for the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, where she provided information and guidance to American and international clients in governmental, academic, and business settings as well as with the general public. Laura received her Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration and M.A. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Maryland College Park. She is proficient in French.

ZURICH
Lisa Obrist-Mamis
has lived in Zurich for almost 30 years. She is currently head of a one-year Swiss training program in teaching the performing arts in the classroom. Lisa has been on the staff at various international and bilingual schools in the Zurich area where she taught drama and creative movement. Lisa is fluent in German and holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Theater from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the State University of New York at Purchase.

United Kingdom

LONDON
Siobhan Biffen is a Senior Educational Consultant with School Choice International supervising the London and European team of consultants. Siobhan has a First Class Honours degree in education from the University of Surrey, with particular interest in English as Additional Language (EAL) students as well as structuring special educational needs provision. Siobhan most recently worked at the British International school in New York where she lived for four years with her family. Whilst there, she utilized her interpersonal and organizational skills as president of the Scarsdale and Edgemont New Residents Club welcoming families to the Westchester area of NY. Siobhan also has ten years of corporate experience in the City of London.

Valeria Fleury has more than twenty years experience of teaching English and Portuguese to children and adults.  Recently, Valeria has worked with FOCUS, Information Services, a resource center for expatriate families. Valeria holds two MA Degrees, one in TESOL from Hunter College, NYC and one in Child Development from the Institute of Education in London.

Soledad Gomez has been an expatriate since 1993 with assignments in Los Angeles, London, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and New York. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She received a degree in Communication and Advertising in Chile and a post-graduate certificate in Marketing and Sales from University of California, Los Angeles.

Marshall Lawhon has had a broad range of international experience beginning in Washington, D.C., where she was the Personal Assistant to the Director of Policy Planning European Bureau in the Department of State. In France, she was the personal assistant to the Ambassador of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and then went on to be the Executive Assistant for an international energy agency. After eleven years in France, she moved to London in 1988 where she served as a research consultant for an energy group. She holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Richmond in History and French.

Loretta Wallin has taught art, Spanish, and French at public and private schools in Nebraska, California, New York City, Argentina, and Madrid. Loretta speaks English, Spanish, and French. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific and a graduate degree in Art Education K-12 from University of Tulsa.

Bernadette Nagy has taught music to children of all ages, including music in special education. She has always been involved with the parent organizations in the schools her children has attended and her family has regularly moved around Australia and Europe. She has been an involved parent in schools around Europe and recently started a choir for a women’s expat group in London. Bernadette has a Bachelors degree in music from the University of Tasmania.

Rebecca Power is an experienced teacher, counselor and psychotherapist having worked in special education in Seattle and now London. Rebecca has traveled extensively worldwide and lived in Washington State, California and Malaysia. She gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Goldsmiths College, University of London and her Masters degree from the University of Bedfordshire.