Meet Our Families

The Dwojeski-Santos Family

Children in:
Preschool & grade 1
PASSIONATE ABOUT:
The German culture and teaching dynamic!
Meet the family here:

The Dwojeski-Santos Family

We simply fell in love with the community and the environment at GISB!

We simply fell in love with the community and environment here and sincerely appreciate that kindness and independence are such strong values at the Lower Campus. We mainly hoped that our son would learn German – and he has! But then we realized that there was so much more he could get out of school that we had not even hoped for. There is a big focus on independence. It is great how often they go outside, regardless of the weather. That is something we really value and that we are trying to do at home as well. This is something we had not seen at other schools here. It gets quite cold in Boston – and the answer at GISB is: just wear the right clothes! We also see at home how much he cares about things like helping around the house, setting the table, cleaning up … that is a value we see a lot here. Learning the German language, values and culture is a great benefit. And understanding the values and culture of another part of the world has really increased our child’s cultural sensitivity.

The Pappert/Bagehorn Family

Children in:
Grade 7
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 former co-chair of the Parents’ Association, she helped create an inclusive environment among the merry band of parents who coordinate school community and fundraising events.

The Grigsby/Gidionsen Family

Children in:
Grade 6
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 11-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.