The faculty of the ESSE Institute consists of a well-established European ESSE teacher trainer team. All of them are professional educators with many years of experience in delivering Sathya Sai Education in Human Values.
Director: Marianne Meyer (Denmark)
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1943.
Graduated from Copenhagen Business Academy, and later continued her university studies in philosophy, psychology and pedagogic on BA level. She has several additional diplomas in adult education.
Training of adults has been included in her employment throughout her professional life. Her engagement in companies and associations has been as manager, trainer, facilitator or consultant.
She has been an ESSE Institute Teacher Trainer since 1987.
Deputy Director: Petra von Kalinowski (Germany)
Born 1957 in Germany.
After graduation from High School in 1976 in Baden-Baden and University Studies of Pedagogy in Freiburg, Germany, her focus during teacher training has been value-education.
For several years she worked with youth during the time of apprenticeship.
Since 1995 she has been serving as teacher for primary and secondary classes for children with special needs.
She is active as teacher trainer and mentor for teacher students and served in this field at public schools since 1997.
Since 1987 she has been training teachers in the field of SSEHV.
She is currently the Director of the ESSE Institute Campus, Germany
Master Trainer: Rainer Benda (Germany)
Born in 1945 in Germany.
His academic achievements include graduating from High School in 1964, after which he studied German and English language and literature followed by a year-long spell as a teaching assistant at Trinity College in Dublin, where he also completed a Diploma in Anglo-Irish literature.
In his professional career he has been teaching English and German at Secondary and High School levels in Bremen for 33 years, including a five-year period as a foreign teacher in Bilbao, Northern Spain (1983–1988).
This was followed by qualifications in Spanish language and literature as well as philosophy/ethics at the University of Bremen, where he also taught these subjects until 2005, while simultaneously giving practical tutoring to teachers’ aspirants in Secondary School.
Rainer Benda has been involved in Sathya Sai Education since 1982 and has served as a Teachers’ Trainer for the European Sathya Sai Education (ESSE) Institute, since 1988.
Marianne Meyer (DK), Petra von Kalinkowski (DE), Rainer Benda (Germany)
Associated Master Trainers:
George Bebedelis (GR), Vassiliki Stephanides (GR)
Lecturers / Task Referents:
Jiri Blazek (CZ), Dr. Tomas Bures (CZ)
The ESSE team has occasionally been reinforced by national teacher-trainers from various European countries.