Student Support

Student Support

In accordance with our mission of empowering students for success in a global world, our student support team appreciates that all students 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 students at GISB. 

Meet the Student Support Team


Becca Blackelari, College and Career Counselor

Becca 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

Alicia Nurnberger,  Director of Health and Wellness / School Nurse

Alicia works to promote the health and wellness of all students by providing day to day care in the school. The nurse also oversees all public health requirements and general safety in the school. Alicia also provides health teaching in classes from Preschool to grade 12. The health office is located on the second floor of the Upper Campus and is opposite the reception desk at the Lower Campus. Alicia is available for meetings with families Monday-Friday between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Contact her at

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Lea Rossu,  School Counselorlea

Lea works to promote the wellness of all students by providing emotional, behavioral, and social support and guidance. Individual students meet with her to gain insight and develop strategies. She coordinates with school staff, families, and mental health providers to best address student needs. All classes in grades 1-6 meet with Lea 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. Her office is on the main floor of the Upper Campus, and she works in the Conference Room at the Lower 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

Fenja Wieneke, Special Education Teacher

Fenja 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

Andrea Zahrte, College and Career Counselor — Germany

Andrea organizes Career Orientation Week for students in grade 9 and the Mentorship Program for students in grades 9-12, matching students with professionals in their interest area. She provides individualized support for students and families as they plan for higher education in Germany and organizes workshops and visits from German University representatives and specialists. Andrea is in regular contact with the network of counselors in the network of German International Schools in North America for exchange and collaboration. She also continuously compiles information for students in an online College and Career Orientation webspace. Contact Andrea at