Faculty

Yvonne Aust

Teacher
Yvonne holds an MA in Education & Sociology from Heidelberg University. She was a Teacher and Coordinator of the English program at the German Embassy School in Beijing, and was Director of Project Development at a New Hampshire language school. She now teaches German as a Second Language in the Fast Track program at GISB.
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Ana Barthe

Teacher
Ana was born and raised in Argentina, lived in Berlin for five years, has lived in New Zealand and Australia, and has been in Boston since 2016. She holds a BA in Spanish and English Philology (with a minor in Education) from the Freie Universität Berlin. At GISB, she works with grades 1 – 4 as an ELL Teacher.
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Eric Bartolotti

Teacher
Eric holds an MA from the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. He is fluent in German, English, and Arabic. When he isn't teaching, he is probably swimming, songwriting, or designing games. He teaches in the After School Program at GISB.
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Anna Bezac

Teacher

Becca Blackelari

College and Career Counselor
Becca has a career background in university admission and and has chosen to move to the high school side as she is more interested in the students' Journey. She speaks English, Spanish, and ASL, and was born and raised in Boston where her family owns a local bakery. You'll often find her there when not at school.
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Sabrina Blair

Teacher
Sabrina has taught English for over twenty years, both in public and private schools. Her parents both have strong Austrian heritage which has instilled in her a great love and understanding of Austrian culture. Sabrina is one of two college advisors at GISB and a 9th grade classroom teacher. She joined GISB in 2010.
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Susan Calkins

Teacher

Christina Cammarata

Teacher
Christina holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and earned her Masters in Art Education from Lesley University. She is an active visual artist and previously taught at an independent school in Waltham. At GISB Christina teaches Art to students from Kindergarten through the 10th grade.
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Charlotte Cane

Director of Co-Curricular Programs
Teacher
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Charlotte studied History with a minor in German Language at Boston University. She has been part of the After School Program since 2010 and also coordinates Before School, Ski Week, April Camp and Summer Camp.
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Birgit Danckert

Teacher
Birgit has been a Teacher at the German International School since it was established in 2001 and has taught at the German Saturday School since 1994. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management and a Masters in Education from Augustana University. Birgit professes “I truly love teaching.”
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Sophie DeMayo

Teacher
Sophie speaks English and German and has lived in Switzerland, England, Germany and the United States. She joined GISB in 2010 and currently teaches in the Preschool. Sophie studied German and Middle Eastern History at Wheaton College and holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University.
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Meike Faber

Teacher
Meike was born and raised in Boston, and lived in Córdoba, Spain for a year where she taught English. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in Sociology and Spanish, and will teach in the Lower Campus After School Program. She loves to travel, do crafts (especially knitting), read and work in the garden.
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Uta Fuchs

Teacher
Uta holds a Master's in History from the Goethe University of Frankfurt and qualified as Therapeutic & Special Needs Teacher in Frankfurt and at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She has taught in Germany and the US. Uta joined GISB in 2002 and teaches Music in the Elementary School and History in the Upper School.
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Benjamin Gerson

Teacher
Benjamin has a Master’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education. He has taught Spanish for over ten years and has been at GISB since 2014. As a Klemzer musician, Benjamin toured with his band in Poland, Ukraine, and Israel. He also works as a Jewish educator, teaching biblical and modern Hebrew on Sundays.
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Tara Gildea

Teacher
Tara teaches English in Grades 1–6. She received her Reading Specialist certification from MGH's Institute of Health Professions and MAs from Tufts University and Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. She has lived in the US, Ireland, France, Switzerland, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada.
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Ineke Groeneveld

Teacher
Ineke was born in the Netherlands and has also lived in France and Germany. She speaks Dutch, German and English and currently she teaches in the Elementary School. Before joining GISB in 2005 she worked at the German International School of Silicon Valley.
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Jana Groh

Teacher
Jana was born in Germany and speaks German, English, Danish and Turkish. She teaches Middle and Upper School German and Geography at GISB. Before coming to the US, Jana taught at an international high school in Turkey for five years, and also taught at schools in Denmark and Ireland.
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Nina Grützner

Teacher

Kausi Gurjar

Teacher
Kausi holds a doctorate in German Literature and has completed Master's level courses in Early Childhood education at Wheelock College. She also works as a Math Guide at an elementary public school in Arlington. Kausi has been at GISB since 2011.
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Jean Hanna

Teacher
Jean speaks English and Spanish and is Head of Elementary English. She holds the Massachusetts Educational Certifications in Elementary Education (K-8) and Principal/Assistant Principal (K-6 and Grades 5-9). Jean teaches English in grades 1-6 and she joined GISB in 2005.
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Silvia Hug-Mösinger

Teacher
Silvia holds a Bachelor’s in Human Performance and Fitness from UMass Boston and a Masters in Education from Boston University. She joined GISB as a PE Teacher and Head of Sport in 2009 and teaches grades 1-6. Silvia is also Coordinator for sport programs outside of GISB.
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Tobias Hälbig

Teacher
Tobias studied Mathematics and Physical Education at the University of Frankfurt before working as a teacher in Fulda, Germany. He is a passionate triathlete and loves to introduce students to outdoor sports like biking and skiing. Tobias teaches Math and Physical Education in the Middle & Upper School.
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Bianca Inirio

Teacher
Bianca worked for five years as an Occupational Therapist, holds a BA in Education, and is licensed as a yoga teacher for special needs children (+yogi). When she isn't teaching Preschool at GISB, she likes to climb, read, dance (especially latin dance) and make crafts.
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Claudia Isidro

Teacher
Claudia is an Elementary Coordinator at GISB. She teaches Math in Grades 1/2 and 3/4. She speaks German and English, and joined the faculty here in 2016.
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Ludger Jägersküpper

Teacher
Ludger has taught in the Middle and Upper School at GISB since 2015. He holds a Masters in History, Sports and Biology from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. He also holds a Masters in World History from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Ludger also coaches volleyball at GISB.
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Sati Karakütük

Teacher
Sati was born and raised in Heidelberg, and has lived in France, Turkey, and now Boston. She is fluent in German, Turkish, English, and French. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education in Freiburg, and will teach Preschool at GISB. In her free time she loves to dance, play volleyball, travel and read.
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Stefan Kohnert

Teacher
Stefan studied at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg and taught at the Marie-Curie-Gymnasium in Kirchzarten for 8 years. He has a daughter, Feline, who was born in 2015 and a dog, Bootz. He loves sports, movies and games. Stefan speaks German, English, French, and Spanish. He teaches Middle & Upper School at GISB.
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Amy Kremer

Teacher
Amy gained her Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, IL and went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa, and Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Lesley University. She previously taught in the Arlington Public Schools and at Lesley Ellis School in Arlington. Amy joined GISB in 2015.
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Catharina Luderer

Teacher
Catharina was born in Germany, and has seven years of teaching experience in Germany, France, and Australia. She studied at the University of Münster, and will teach English, French and Ethics for grades 5 – 12 at GISB. She loves traveling, rowing, running, and meeting new people.
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Isabell Mayer

Teacher
Isabell is an experienced teacher who holds a degree in education from the University of Heidelberg. She speaks German, English, and French, and will teach Preschool at GISB. She loves to cook, read, and play sports in her free time.
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Anna Mayer

Teacher
Anna was born in Germany and lived in the UK for three years. She is fluent in German, English and French and teaches in our English Department. Anna loves to travel, debate politics, read, visit museums, and cook.
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Jennifer Melsheimer

Teacher
Jennifer studied at the University of Freiburg and York University in Toronto, and holds degrees in Elementary Education and Bilingual Teaching. She brings more than 7 years of teaching experience, and is a classroom teacher for grade 1/2 at GISB. Born in Germany, she lived in New Zealand and Canada before moving to Boston.
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Lisa Mengel

Teacher
Lisa is German and was born in Hessen. She studied Social Pedagogy and is a qualified teacher. In Germany she worked as an Educator for children from 6 months to 18 years. Lisa moved to Boston with her husband and joined GISB in 2015.
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Martha Michalec

Teacher
Martha was born in Germany and lived in Spain (Ibiza and Madrid) for 5 years, the UK for 8 years (Bath and London) and now lives in the United States. She speaks English, German and Spanish and teaches in the Elementary School. Martha joined GISB in 2013.
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Kelsey Murray

Teacher
Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with minors in Art History and German. From New Jersey, she has lived in Germany and Italy and is fluent in English and German. She teaches in our Preschool and in the Lower Campus ASP. She loves to sketching, experience new foods, and walk on the beach with her dog.
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Erona Pina

Teacher

Nicole Plass

Teacher
Nicole earned a Ph.D. at the University of Giessen, and is licensed to teach Elementary English, German, Math, and Sport, in addition to Secondary School English and German. She has twelve years of teaching experience, and is a classroom teacher in grade 3/4 at GISB.
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Matthias Radke

Assistant Head of School
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Matthias studied in Germany, France and Canada and teaches Middle and Upper School. He previously worked as a Trade Specialist at the US Consulate in Hamburg and taught at a grammar school in southern Germany. Before joining GISB in 2015 he spent a year with his family on sabbatical traveling in North and Central America.
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Clotilde Raemy-Gardner

Teacher
Clotilde has been teaching French at GISB since 2004 and speaks German, Swiss German, French and English. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and German and has lived in Switzerland and the United States.
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Hannah Rafferty

Teacher
Hannah was born and raised in Massachusetts, and lived in Germany for the past six years. She studied Psychology and Studio Art, and brings five years of teaching experience. When she isn't teaching in our Preschool and Kindergarten, she and enjoys traveling, going to the ocean, bouldering, and running marathons.
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Joan Reed

Teacher
Joan comes from New York State where she taught Spanish. She has also taught PE and coached girls' lacrosse in England. While teaching English in Spain she was the captain of a women's club lacrosse team. Joan enjoys teaching and coaching as it allows her to share her passions with students, colleagues and families.
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Johanna Ricker

Teacher
Johanna teaches Preschool at GISB. She was born in Germany and has lived in Australia, Ireland, Spain and China where she taught at the German School Shanghai from 2014-2016. She speaks German, English, and Spanish in addition to some Portuguese, Chinese, French, and Norwegian.
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Lea Rossu

School Counselor
Lea holds a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She speaks English and Greek, and is pleased to join GISB as School Counselor.
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Lauren Sallis

Teacher
Lauren has lived in the US, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Italy. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant and has lectured on Early Language Learning and English at the University of Education, Freiburg. Lauren has been at GISB since 2010 and teaches in the Preschool and Kindergarten.
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Benjamin Sallis

Teacher
Benjamin has worked in the After School Program at GISB for four years, and he especially enjoys cooking with the students. He recently graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s in biology and philosophy. In Fall 2016 he will begin research at Boston Children’s Hospital and hopes to become MD-PhD.
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Julia Sappenfield

Teacher
Julia was born in Germany and has lived in England, India, and across the US for the past seventeen years. She is fluent in English and German. When she isn't teaching Preschool at GISB, you might find her running, teaching her dogs new tricks, or enjoying the ocean.
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Laura Scheurer

Teacher
Laura is from Germany. She holds a BA in Museum Education, and a MA in Educational Sciences from Heidelberg University. Laura brings four years of experience designing and teaching workshops at experimenta, a German science center, to GISB's After School Program. She likes photography, reading, yoga, and exploring Boston.
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Kezia Schlotter

Teacher
Kezia gained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary School Teaching at the University of Leipzig, Germany. After qualifying as a Teacher, she worked as a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Leipzig. Kezia has been at GISB as an After School Teacher since May 2016.
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Dr. Jochen Schnack

Head of School
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Jochen studied Educational Science, German and Philosophy at the University of Hamburg, where he was awarded his PhD in 1997. He has extensive experience in schools, education administration and teacher training. He is a member of the editorial team at Pädagogik, the largest educational publication in the German language.
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Alexandra Seifried

Teacher
Alexandra grew up in Konstanz, Germany and has also lived in Switzerland and South Africa. Volunteering in a school in South Africa influenced her to become a teacher. She majored in Elementary School Education and Art at the Zurich University of Teacher Education. Alexandra speaks German, English, and French.
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Carolin Smith

Teacher
Carolin was born and raised in Germany and also spend some of her childhood living in the US. She is a Classroom Teacher in Grades 3/4 and teaches German and History in Grade 5/6. She has been at GISB since 2011.
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Mary Snow

Teacher
Mary Snow teaches English to preschool and elementary students at GISB. She has her MEd from Harvard School of Education, and brings over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood and Special Education. She loves spending time with her family, rock climbing, yoga, hiking, water sports, and travel.
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Katharina Steinhauser

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Sonja Thiel

Teacher
Sonja was born in Wuppertal (Germany) and has lived in Switzerland, Norway, and the United States. She loves living abroad, exploring cultures, customs, and languages. Sonja is passionate about Biology, especially Behavioral Biology, and teaches German and Biology in the Middle & Upper School at GISB.
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Barbara Thirsk

Teacher
Barbara was born in Germany, lived in Belgium for five years, and has now been in the Boston area for many years. She brings more than thirteen years of experience to our Preschool teaching team, and is fluent in English and German with some French and Spanish skills. She loves traveling and riding her motorcycle.
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Arlett Uhlig-Thie

Teacher
Arlett Uhlig-Thie is an experienced teacher in Germany and has been in Boston since Summer 2016. She has three sons, ages 12 – 20 years old. Her hobbies include skiing, Zumba, yoga and cycling. At GISB, she supports students in Homework Supervision.
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Antje Voss

Teacher
Antje joined GISB in 2016. She was Assistant Head of School for seven years at her previous elementary school in Cologne, Germany. Antje studied Elementary School Education in Heidelberg. Her daughter also attends GISB.
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Anna Waasem

Teacher
Anna studied Math, Physical Education, and Physics at the University of Freiburg. She brings teaching experience from Lake Constance, Germany and from GISSV, California. She teaches sports in the After School Program and math for GISB students in grade 5. She loves to travel, swim, run, play soccer, and sing.
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Andreas Weber

Teacher
Andreas studied at Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and University of Oslo. As a trainee he taught in Tanzania, and at German School Tallinn in Estonia. Special interest areas include German debating and fostering democracy education. He teaches History, Social Studies and German in the Middle & Upper School at GISB.
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Susanne Weber

Teacher
Susanne teaches DaZ (German as a second language) in grades 1 – 4 at GISB. She has more than six years of experience teaching in Germany and France. She also completed internships with the Goethe-Institut in Togo and the German Embassy in New Zealand. She is fluent in German, French, and English.
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Jacqueline Weiler

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Melanie Weindl

Teacher
Melanie was born in Germany and grew up in Vienna. She speaks German and English and teaches grade 1/2, Sport in Kindergarten and 5/6. Melanie joined GISB in 2015.
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Andrea Zahrte

Teacher
Andrea is from Germany, and lived in Connecticut for three years. In her former post in Hamburg, she was responsible for the science competition in grade 5/6, was a jury member of "Jugend forscht," and was Head of the Geography Department. She now teaches Science, Chemistry, and Geography in the Middle & Upper School.
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