Meet Our Families

The Hugo/Dodson Family

Children in:
Grades 4, 7 & 9
Favorite GISB Tradition:
The Bundesjugendspiele
Passionate about:
The benefits of bilingual education

The Hugo/Dodson Family

As a parent, you do not need to speak German to fit in here. GISB families come from many parts of the world. We all just share a love for what the school is doing.

The Hugo/Dodson Family has been at GISB for ten years. Alec is actively engaged as Treasurer of the school’s Board and the children are involved with student council, peer tutoring, and athletic activities at and outside of school. Both parents, Anna and Alec, are native English speakers, and are proud of their fully-bilingual children. Last summer the kids led the way when the family traveled together for the first time to Germany.

The Pappert/Bagehorn Family

Children in:
Grade 3
Favorite GISB Tradition:
Christkindlmarkt
Passionate about:
Our community, and how we embrace differences

The Pappert/Bagehorn Family

Our daughter is shy, so cross-grade teaching with the buddy system has helped her. She made a huge jump, from not talking to anyone, to wanting to be a representative of her class.

The Pappert/Bagehorn Family has been at GISB since 2012. They particularly enjoy the individual attention their child receives and the cooperative, supportive learning environment. Ulrike, who attended international schools around the world herself, treasures the school’s multiculturalism. As co-chair of the Parents’ Association, she creates an inclusive environment among the merry band of parents who coordinate school community and fundraising events.

The Grigsby/Gidionsen Family

Children in:
Grade 1
Favorite GISB Tradition:
Weckmännli cookies on St. Martin's Day
Passionate about
Sharing activities we love, as a family

The Grigsby/Gidionsen Family

We’re two full-time working parents, so having after school learning as an extension of a great school day is huge. Felix does some incredible projects in After School.

The Grigsby/Gidionsen family has been at GISB since 2013. Skadi is German, Taran is American, and both are committed to an outstanding educational experience for 7-year-old Felix. Skadi and Taran love listening to their son joyfully talk about his day at school. Whether bursting with his experience building race cars from recycled materials or recounting his after school adventures during the annual Ski Week, Felix’s infectious enthusiasm mirrors the whole family’s engaged participation.