Native Speaker Teachers

Daniel Smith, B.F.A.

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." Henry David Thoreau
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania in the United States. When I was 19 I moved to New York City to pursue music.  I lived in New York City for 4 years and then I left to study Film and Creative Writing at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After finishing my Bachelor of Fine Arts, I moved back to New York City and lived there until 2003. I worked as a copy writer for a media advertising company. I wrote a lot of internet and commercial content for clients such as Armani, Ford, ZDF, Arte and many others. I also played a lot of concerts and was deeply involved in the New York music scene.
Somewhere around 2002, I wanted a new challenge and a friend from our German office recommended me for a Business English teaching position in Vienna at Generali Insurance. I moved to Vienna in 2003. I trained management in business English at Generali, Siemens, Philips and some smaller companies located in Vienna. Eventually I married an Austrian and before our first daughter was born, I wanted something with more fixed hours so I took a salaried position at the Austrian Unemployment office (AMS) to teach Business English. I worked there for 5 years and during that period our second daughter was born.  After that I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work here at Junior High School Carlbergergasse and honestly I have never looked back. It’s the best and most fulfilling position I have ever held.
 I really love my work as a Native Speaker Teacher in the Global Studies department here at the Junior High School. It has completed a path of knowledge that I have been walking on for a long time. I relish the chance to help guide and teach the children that will be our future and in teaching I have easily learned just as much as I have taught.




Peter Symonds, BA

I am originally from England and have a degree in automotive design and engineering and a background in boat design and manufacture. I have been in Austria since 2007 and speak a number of European languages.
Being the native speaker means that I have classes in the sciences and really enjoy teaching those classes how to be curious about physics, biology and chemistry and how to ask and answer questions in a scientific manner. Having a design and engineering education myself lets me build up the students to be enthusiastic about the sciences.
Demonstrations and experiments are at the core of students science lessons and I am passionate for them to learn how to prove a scientific theory by testing it for themselves.
Social studies is also a great opportunity for the students to learn how to analyse history and to study geography through the medium of English and I am continually amazed by the very high standards of English the students reach every year.
The Cambridge course is something my colleagues and I are proud of as we continue to produce successful students each year with a well recognised and meaningful qualification.