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Stephen was born in Cheshire, UK, to an English father and German mother. Annual visits with his German relatives led naturally to studying German at Aston University, UK with a year abroad at Universität Heidelberg, Germany. After working in Düsseldorf, Germany and Manchester, UK for several years, Stephen moved with his wife to Virginia in 1996 and started teaching at R-MA the following year. In addition to speaking German and French, he enjoys trying out new languages and immersing himself in different cultures, having traveled to nearly 50 countries across 4 continents. In addition to having a degree in psychology, he enjoys philosophy and spirituality, and leads clubs and seminars at R-MA on philosophy, mindfulness, and yoga.