Nicole Forbes Wagner

Nicole is an educator, mother and life-long learner. She has been living and working in Vienna, Austria for the past 16 years and is currently working as a fifth grade teacher at the American International School of Vienna.
She believes strongly in the power and promise of education to help make positive change in the world. She sees teaching as a way to actively to help her students realize their potential and find their paths to making the world a little better. She believes creating opportunities for children anywhere can make an amazing difference everywhere.

After a visit from John Farrell to AIS Vienna a couple of years ago, Nicole became involved with Bridges of Peace and Hope through her work coordinating the Student Council. Seeing the immense rewards and benefits of these connections, she has since then worked to continue to build bridges between AIS Vienna and fellow member schools, from organizing teacher exchanges with friends at the Mukwashi Trust School in Zambia to forming and serving as the Coordinator of the Bridges of Peace and Hope Student Club. Her passion to travel and learn leads to her places all around the world where she loves to experience both the differences and similarities of people and cultures. She finds that in the end, we share much more in common than apart. When she is not busy teaching, she enjoys coaching the High School Speech, Debate and Acting team, practicing yoga and meditation, and laughing and learning alongside her two children and family.