About Us

Your English Post team

We are a group of professionals, students, freelancers, and aspiring writers. English Post is the product of a combined effort from our team. At present, all our work is voluntary alongside our daily full-time jobs. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact us at info@englishpost.de

The Team

  • Chris Andrews

    Country of origin: England

    “Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” – Anonymous

    Our Editor-In-Chief and instigator of English Post - Chris is tenacious, tries to be diplomatic, and believes strongly in the effectiveness of willpower. Born in Yorkshire, England, he studied architecture in London, followed by spending two years in the office of star architect Günther Domenig in Graz, Austria. After starting a family, he moved into graphic design. He now has two grown children and lots of pictures. Interests include paragliding, cycling, photography and opera.
    • Melissa H

      Country of origin: Canada

      "Success is not final, failure is not fatal – it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

      Melissa comes from Montreal, Canada and is one of our founding members. Following a life-changing exchange experience to Berlin in 2014, she returned to Germany, successfully completing her Master’s Degree in International Information Systems at FAU in 2019. Deciding to remain in Nuremberg, she now works for an IT company here. At English Post, Melissa’s commitment and hard work ethic are vital as Managing Editor. A native English speaker, articulate in French as well as conversational Italian, she has an ongoing love affair with the German language, which she speaks fluently. She enjoys learning new languages, cycling, yoga, and leads an active social life with friends.
      • Sarah Stenz

        Country of origin: USA

        “An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” GK Chesterton

        Growing up in the flat agricultural valley between the Californian coast and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Sarah’s favorite childhood memories were of roadtrips and airports, and the adventure they promised. Her sense of adventure eventually led her to Germany, in whose grassy mountains and lively culture she has made her home for the last four years. Sarah works as a freelance editor. Here at English Post, she divides her duties between writing, editing, and translating. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
        • Lydia Taylor

          Country of origin: Germany

          "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" – Albert Einstein

          Lydia Maria Taylor is responsible for Public Relations at English Post. She was born in the United States, but grew up in Nuremberg and has Afro-American, Hungarian, German, and Polish roots – all of which contribute to her open-minded personality and refusal to be defined by any single nationality or identity. She has a background in English literature and Sociology and is completing her Doctoral Thesis about gender roles in the Moral Weeklies of early eighteenth-century London. She has also taught at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Lydia currently works as a Cultural and Event Manager as well as a press and public relations officer for the Historische Felsengänge Nürnberg, and has been involved in several volunteer projects such as the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF), as well as the exhibition “Homestory Deutschland” – a collective self-portrait of black people in Germany that ran until 2013. Along with meeting friends and bringing like-minded people together, in her free time she enjoys attending exhibitions, concerts, practicing yoga, hiking in the fränkischen Schweiz, and riding her bike.

        Authors

        • Aidana Baibagysheva

          Country of origin: Kyrgyzstan

          If you want peace, prepare for war

          Aidana Baibagysheva has been living in Germany since 2018. She is delighted to be studying for her MA at FAU, her university of choice, upon receiving a DAAD scholarship. At English Post, besides being an inspiring and dedicated team member, she is responsible for all of our Social Media platforms. Aidana speaks Russian, Kyrgyz, English, German, and Italian, and has an impressive and diverse list of interests, ranging from playing the piano and violin to weightlifting, Jiu-Jitsu, and boxing. She was also a member of her school and university varsity swimming teams and enjoys classic literature, classical music, and black metal.
          • Alice

            Country of origin: United Kingdom

          • Simona Dalla Valle

            Country of origin: Italy

            “Instead of time, there will be lateness” (David Berman / Silver Jews)

            Simona was born in the surroundings of Lake Como and soon enough she looked for an escape. After a degree in foreign languages and many years in London, a sudden encounter during a rainy music festival in Wales led her to move to Nuremberg, where she has been living for about four years. Her favourite activity is going to concerts. She has worked as a photojournalist, filmmaker, tour leader and is currently studying anthropology. At English Post she is a writer, photographer and social media manager.

            Admins

            • Philip Weisel

              Country of origin: Germany

              I am allowed to do what you cannot.

              Philip Weisel is, according to his girlfriend, "as German as they come". Originally from a small village with almost more cows than people in it, he moved to Nuremberg to unsuccessfully study IT. In the end, he settled for a career as an IT specialist, which in turn awarded him with the post of Admin for English Post. In his free time, he keeps the English Post website up and running or, if nothing is broken at the moment, he plays games on his computer. He also attempts to write a Fantasy book, and from time to time writes articles about the "Lingua Franconia", in his opinion one of the nicest dialects there is.