Student Support

Student Support

In accordance with our mission of empowering students for success in a global world, the student support team appreciates that all student learn differently and supports students in reaching their academic and emotional goals. Services available include college and career counseling, social/emotional counseling and special education support. Explore some of the many services, support systems, and pathways available to our students throughout the school. 

Meet the Student Support Team


Becca Blackelari, College and Career Counselor

Our College and Career Counselor and our faculty advisory team to provide individualized support to students and families as they plan for higher education. The counseling process is designed to provide specialized guidance through student meetings, group sessions, workshops, and visits from university representatives. During the college counseling process, students draw upon the reflective and analytical skills honed through their time at GISB to inform their college choices. Our global student body applies to colleges and universities around the world—our counselor has a wealth of knowledge regarding the different application systems, from North America to Europe. Learn more about attending university after GISB. Contact Becca at

Lea Rossu,  School Counselorlea

Our school counselor works to promote the wellness of all students by providing emotional, behavioral, and social support and guidance. Individual students meet with the counselor to gain insight and develop strategies. The school counselor coordinates with school staff, families, and mental health providers to best address the needs of the students. All classes in grades 1-6 meet with the school counselor and their classroom teacher twice per week to partake in a social-emotional learning program, Open Circle. Open Circle encourages the skill development of emotion regulation, empathy, and positive relationships, and creates a safe, caring, and engaged school community. The counseling office is located on the main floor of the Upper Campus. Lea is available for scheduled or drop-in meetings with students and parents Monday-Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Contact her at

NinaNina Grützner, Special Education Teacher

The special education teacher creates a supported learning environment that provides specialized instruction for students with learning differences, such that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible when supported with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports. The special education teacher works with teachers and parents to plan and provide for appropriate learning experiences for students in grades one through twelve.  Contact her at