LEIPZIG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
  • Alber, Florian

    Deputy Head of ICT
    Schulverwaltung

  • Allen, Gillian

    Teacher Physical Education
    Sekundarschule

    Gillian Allen, originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North-East of England, studied for a Sports Science degree at The University of Birmingham. She did her PGCE in Secondary Physical Education at The University of Reading and has since taught in England, Egypt, Oman, Belgium and now Germany. She has come to Leipzig with her husband (also a Secondary teacher) and her two children who also attend LIS. When not teaching she is a keen runner, having recently been selected to run for England, and can often be seen pounding the roads and discovering the delights of Leipzig.

  • Allen, Neil

    Secondary School Principal
    Sekundarschule

    The start of the 2019-20 school year marks two decades in education and the beginning of Neil's sixteenth year in international education. Having worked in England and then at international schools in Egypt and Oman, Neil and his family spent eight years at the International School of Brussels in which he performed many roles, notably being the Head of the English Department and a Teacher Workshop Leader for the International Baccalaureate and for various professional development providers including InThinking.
    Neil's passion has always been with the relationships between teachers and students and the power of effective classroom teaching and learning, so it was a pleasure to spend the past academic year leading this focus at LIS. He is extremely proud and honoured to be leading an excellent team of staff and teachers and leading the learning of the students of the school as Secondary Principal.

  • Allenby, Richard

    Secondary Teacher Geography
    Sekundarschule

    Richard was born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. His degree is from Bristol University in Theology. He was a specialist social worker for a number of years before changing to teaching in 2002. He did his teacher training in Birmingham UK and worked at the same school for six years before venturing off to see a bit of the world. After 8 years in Thailand (four in Bangkok and four in Phuket) and a short stint in Egypt Richard is very happy to be in Leipzig Germany.

  • Almunaizel, Lana

    Hort Educator / Classroom Assistant
    Hort, Grundschule

    Lana grew up in Würzburg, Germany and moved to Jordan in her teen years where she attended the International Community School Amman and finished off her A-levels. Afterwards, Lana moved to Berlin to do a voluntary social year in a nursery. She then decided to study social work in the picturesque town of Leeuwarden (Netherlands). For her probationary year, she came to the sociocultural center Haus Steinstraße e.V. in Leipzig. She fell in love with the city and decided to stay here. Lana assisted DaZ (German as a Second Language) classes at the Helmholtzschule in Leipzig and holds a Bachelor of Social Work.

  • Andresen, Carl

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Carl was born in Kristiansand at the southern tip of Norway. In 1994 he graduated from the Physiotherapy-college in Bergen, and for several years he worked clinically in Norway, and subsequently with educating physiotherapists internationally. Having an affiliation for teaching he decided to make a career-change, and graduated as a primary-school teacher at the University in Kristiansand 2009. Since then he has been working as a primary-school class-teacher in Bergen and at the Phorms bilingual school in Hamburg.

  • Antoranz, Angel

    Secondary Teacher Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish
    Sekundarschule

    Angel Antoranz grew up in Marbella in Southern Spain. However he spent most of his adult life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he qualified as a teacher. LIS is Angel’s first international school: before coming here in 2012 he worked in the state sector back in England. He currently teaches Spanish from Grades 6 to 12 and he is a member of the school’s works council.

  • Appelt, Katrin

    Secondary School Secretary
    Sekundarschule

    Katrin grew up in Thuringia and started her career as a mechanical engineer in Leipzig.  She then worked in commercial, technical and sales departments in various companies in Germany for several years. Before joining LIS Katrin spent some years in the UK where she obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Reading University. She joined LIS in 2015 and since then has been working in the school’s secondary office.

  • Arnas, Steffi

    Receptionist
    Schulverwaltung

    Steffi Arnas grew up in the Erzgebirge region in Saxony and has professional and educational training in the hospitality industry. After thirteen years of working in various customer service organisations she joined LIS in August 2009 and since then can be found at the school’s reception desk.

     

     

  • Awlanisya, Miftah

    Human Resources Administrator
    Schulverwaltung

    Miftah is from Indonesia and has been living in Germany since 2011. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. Before joining Leipzig International School in 2018, she worked as HR Trainee at Weber-Stephen Products in Berlin and as HR Recruiter at the Leipzig/Halle Airport.

  • Azizi, Keramat

    ICT Support Technician
    Schulverwaltung

  • Bakic, Daniella

    Sign-Out Assistant
    Kindergarten

    Daniella Bakic, originally from London, United Kingdom, moved to Leipzig in 2017 after gaining experience working with children at various nurseries. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2016 and is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Research at Leipzig University whilst working on her thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. She has an everlasting wanderlust and enjoys being close to nature.

  • Barth, Julia

    Hort Educator
    Grundschule, Hort

    Julia Barth grew up in Droyßig, a small town  in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. After getting her Bachelor degree in Social Work from BA Breitenbrunn, she worked one year as a social worker in a youth club in Naumburg. At the beginning of 2014 and for almost 4 years she was a school social worker at two secondary schools in Thuringia. In November 2017 she started a new job experience as an au pair and volunteer in a pre-school in Boston, MA. Since December 2018 she has been working as an educator at the Leipzig International Kindergarten in an Early Years 1 class.
    Julia moved to the 'big school' and has been working as Hort educator since August 2019.

  • Belfield, Tim

    Primary School Principal
    Grundschule

    Tim was born in Cheshire, England and ever since he was seven, he knew he wanted to be a teacher. After graduating in 2000 with a BSc. Primary Education, Tim taught in England, Saudi Arabia and Uganda, before making the move to Leipzig in January 2018. As an advocate for continuous professional learning, Tim has attained a MEd. Educational Leadership & School Improvement from the University of Manchester and his National Professional Qualification for Headteachers from the UK.

  • Bell, Barbara

    German Teacher
    Grundschule

    Barbara is from the North of Germany. After she successfully left secondary school, she lived in Britain for several years. During that time she completed her teacher training and gained experience as a primary school teacher. She first came to LIS as a homeroom teacher in 2007, teaching Grade 2 for three years. After her parental leave, her teaching degree was accepted by the German authorities to be equal to the 2. Staatsexamen and she taught at a German state school for a while. Now she is back at LIS looking forward to teach German to mother tongue students.

  • Bell, Gary

    Secondary Teacher - Social Studies / Theory of Knowledge
    Sekundarschule

    Gary Bell is a Theology graduate of the Queen's University in Belfast. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Liverpool  and a Master's degree in International History from Staffordshire University. He worked in schools in England before joining the staff of Leipzig International School in 2008. He teaches Global Perspectives and History and is also an examiner in History for Cambridge International Examinations.

  • Bennett, Sabrina

    Head of Department Physical Education
    Gesamte Schule

    Sabrina Bennett comes from a small town in Wales called Penarth. She holds a Sports Science degree and a Master's degree in Health and Exercise Science from The University of Glamorgan. Sabrina trained to be a teacher in Bangor University and taught in Wales, England, Germany and Switzerland, before coming to Leipzig in 2008. She currently teaches Physical Education in the Primary and Secondary school, is a form tutor and is the Head of Department for Physical Education.

  • Bens, Ulrike Luise

    Hort Educator
    Grundschule, Hort

    Rike finished her Bachelor in social work in Saxony, where she also spent most of her childhood. Her wanderlust then took her to Africa, Middle-East, central and north America, Asia and around Europe, while she concluded a Master of Arts in Counselling, and also a Master of Science in Peace and Development Work. Her working experiences are, among others, in outdoor education, as an educator in a residential group as well as at the International Office of her last University. Now she is excited to make use of her gained experiences, in the international context of LIS, where she started in the Hort team in January 2019.

  • Bermudez, Ruth

    Secondary Teacher Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish
    Sekundarschule

  • Bernhardt, Domenica

    Nursery 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Domenica grew up in a small village in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. After grammar school she worked in an elderly home, before she started to study at a college near Magdeburg to become a social assistant and educator. After graduating in 2015 Domenica moved to Leipzig, where she worked in a kindergarten. In January 2016 she moved on to work in an after school care centre for children with special needs and handicaps. In November 2016 Domenica finally found her work placement to be, when she started at Leipzig International Kindergarten.

  • Bhowmick, Souromi

    Sign Out Desk Assistant
    Kindergarten

    Souromi was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She has a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Psychology. Beside her studies she has joined the Indian Statistical Institute for two different research projects as a Local Project Investigator. After completing her first Master’s degree she moved to Bangalore to attend a German Language course at Goethe Institute, India. In October, 2017 Souromi has moved to Europe to do her second Master’s in Early Childhood Research at University of Leipzig. Currently, she is doing an internship at Leipzig Research Center for Early Childhood Development, University of Leipzig. During her internship she often visits various kindergarden across Leipzig. Souromi really enjoys being in Germany and travelling through Europe. She looks forward to settling her future profession in Germany.

  • Bielz, Nancy

    Head of School Management Assistant
    Schulverwaltung

    Nancy grew up in Leipzig and joined LIS in 2006. She graduated as 'Wirtschaftskauffrau', studied Economics and holds diplomas as Management Assistant and in Foreign Language Communications. Before taking over the position as Headmaster's Secretary with LIS, where she actively assists the Head of School and the LIS Management, she worked as PA and Office Manager in various fields.

  • Blaffert, Christin

    Early Years 3 Educator
    Kindergarten

  • Bludau, Géraldine

    Secondary Teacher Modern Foreign Languages - French
    Sekundarschule

    Géraldine Bludau hails from Paris, and is an Economic and Social Science graduate of the University of Paris. She also holds a Master's degree in Science of Education from the University of Grenoble. Géraldine joined LIS in 2006, having previously taught in Morocco. She currently teaches French to Grades 6 to 12.

  • Böhmer, Reingart

    Secondary Teacher - Mathematics
    Sekundarschule

    Reingart Böhmer was born and grew up in Swakopmund, Namibia, and studied for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, IT, Statistics, Applied Mathematics and, as additional subject, Music, at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, where she also did her Honours in Statistics while teaching as assistant Junior Lecturer in Statistics. After successfully completing her university career (1979) she became Junior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, followed by a position as mathematics teacher at St. Mary's Diocesan School in Durban, teaching Grades 8 - 12, as music teacher at the German School Durban, and again as mathematics teacher for Grades 6 - 12 at LIS since 2001. Coaching volleyball for club and provincial teams in South Africa as well as in Germany for many years and teaching music - flute, conducting various youth, children's and adult choirs, are two other aspects of her professional teaching career.

  • Börner, Nadine

    Secondary Teacher - German
    Sekundarschule

    Nadine was born in Meiningen, South Thuringia and studied Politics and History (Lehramt) at Leipzig University, before gaining a Master in German as a Foreign Language, English Studies and French Studies. In 2010 she published a book for bilingual children. Before she joined LIS in 2011 she taught GSL to refugees and immigrants and Business German to individual clients. At the beginning Nadine helped out in the Primary school, before joining the secondary German department. She currently teaches German at IGCSE and IB level, is a Grade 10 Form Tutor and holds the position of Student Council Advisor.

  • Branitz, Juliane

    Early Years 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Juliane was born in Lusatia and went to school in Dresden. She then lived in London for one year working as an au pair. Upon coming back to Germany Juliane moved to Magdeburg to attend the Otto-von-Guerricke University where she completed her master's degree in educational science and Anglistics in 2010. For the past five years she worked in a private daycare facility for children in Leipzig during which she also received her degree in state-approved early childhood education. Since October 2016 Juliane has been part of the Leipzig International Kindergarten team.

  • Brockhoff, Berenike

    Nursery 1 Floater
    Kindergarten

  • Brown, Christian

    Art Studio Assistant
    Sekundarschule

    Christian Brown was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mephis College of Art majoring in printmarking and minoring in art history. From 2016 to 2018 he was an art resident and graphic intern for an artist residency in Leipzig called "Pilotenküche". Now he continues to produce his own art in preparation for local gallery exhibitions.

  • Browne, Patrick

    Early Years 2 Specialist
    Kindergarten

    Patrick was born and raised in Gisborne, New Zealand. He started supply teaching for all age groups in 2012 after studying for a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching the year before. But Patrick soon found himself working in early childhood when he discovered that was the age group he was most passionate about. In 2014 he retrained with a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Patrick has lived and taught around New Zealand as well as London for two years. He really enjoyed being able to travel easily and see much of Europe and looks forward to doing more travel as well as settling into life in Leipzig.

  • Brunet, Gwendolyn

    Secondary Teacher - Social Studies
    Sekundarschule

    Gwen grew up in various U.S. cities before her family finally settled in Austin, Texas. After living in West Berlin for several years following graduation from high school, she returned to Texas and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geography: Resource and Environmental Studies, at Texas State University. In between teaching Geography in Texas for seven years, she continued her education and earned her Master's in Applied Geography. Gwen and her family moved to Berlin in 2010 where she taught MYP and IB Geography. After a short teaching hiatus in Budapest, she arrived at LIS in 2014 and currently teaches middle school, IGCSE, and DP Geography.

  • Brunet, Peter

    Secondary Teacher / Technology Integrator
    Sekundarschule

    Peter was born in New Orleans Louisiana and has spent much of his life in various parts of the United States. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of Texas in Austin.  Peter has nineteen years of teaching experience in secondary science, five of which have been in Europe (Berlin, Budapest, and Leipzig).  He is currently Head of the Science Department in the Secondary School and teaches IGCSE and IB Biology.

  • Buckingham, Myles

    Permanent Substitute Teacher
    Grundschule

    Myles was born in Kent, England but grew up in Durban, South Africa. He studied at Edgewood College of Education where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education. Myles has taught previously in South Africa, England and Thailand. He moved with his family to Leipzig in August 2014 and is currently working at both of the school's sites as a full-time substitute teacher.

  • Buckingham, Rebecca

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Rebecca grew up in Sheffield, England where her family are originally from. In her early twenties she moved to London after qualifying as a Primary School teacher and taught in Barking & Dagenham for 4 years. She then moved to Bangkok Thailand and taught in 2 International Schools there. After 10 years teaching in Thailand, Rebecca wanted to move closer to the UK but wanted to remain as an International School teacher as she loves the diversity it brings. She moved to Leipzig with her family in 2014 and following maternity leave re-joined the LIS staff in February 2016 as a Grade 5 teacher.

  • Burger, KhetKhet

    Office Manager
    Kindergarten

    KhetKhet Burger comes from Myanmar and grew up in the United States. She has lived in Germany for many years, first in Frankfurt/M., and for the past 20 years in Leipzig. This is her second year at LIS where she works at the reception desk of the Leipzig International Kindergarten.

  • Byrne, Brendan

    Teacher - Physical Education
    Gesamte Schule

    Brendan comes from Perth, Australia where he developed a love for sports and the outdoors from a young age. After High School Brendan spent 8 years as a lifeguard before graduating from Edith Cowan University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Education specialising in Health and Physical Education.
    Since then he has been employed as a relief teacher for primary and secondary schools in Perth. Brendan is an active member of the sporting community where he plays cricket and Australian Rules Football.

  • Cajigal, Romnick

    Secondary Teacher - Biology
    Sekundarschule

    Romnick Mariano Cajigal comes from the beautiful tropical country of the Philippines, with a degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines, Manila. He joined LIS in August 2011. Prior to working at LIS, Mr. C taught Physics and Biology in the Philippines, Physical Science and Biology in the United States of America, and IGCSE Biology and A/AS Level Biology in Indonesia.  The famous Mr. C has been a form teacher since he moved in to LIS as well as being a Biology teacher at IGCSE and IB levels.

  • Calabrese, Lucy

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

  • Carroll, Eve

    Teacher Librarian
    Grundschule

  • Cäsar, Anne

    Primary Teacher German
    Grundschule

    Anne is a qualified teacher and holds a Diploma in German and Russian Language and Literature. Additionally, she studied German as a Foreign Language (Certificate of Herder-Institut) and holds a Montessori-Diploma. Anne has been working at a public primary school in Leipzig before she joined LIS.

  • Caspar, Kadek

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Kadek was born in Bali, Indonesia. Since 2010 she is living in Leipzig, where she finished her degree as Staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin at the Heimerer Schulen GmbH.
    Kadek started to collect her experiences on the brunches of sales and marketing business around eight years in Asia, before she came 2010 to Germany to marry her German husband. Her 2 year experiences and activities in China at the German School Shanghai gave her the opportunity to further develop her work with the children.
    Kadek completed her education as a state recognized educator in Germany and immediately gained another experience in a kindergarten "KiTa um die Welt" and she is now very happy to be a part of the Leipzig International Kindergarten family.

  • Christiansen, Robert

    Secondary Teacher - German / GAL
    Sekundarschule

    Born and raised in Leipzig, Robert is one of the few natives on the LIS staff. He joined the school in 2013 as Parent Community Coordinator, and held the position of Management Assistant. Before joining LIS, Robert worked in the field of copy-editing and then as Project Coordinator at an independent community radio station in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, running media literacy projects for young people of different age. Robert holds a Master's Degree in German as a Foreign Language and Italian Studies, taught at an Elementary School in Leipzig and worked with adult German learners. In 2017, he joined the German and the GAL Departments in Secondary School, teaching German in middle school and German B in the IB Diploma Programme.

  • Clutton, Sarah

    Nursery 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Sarah was born and raised in the city of Liverpool, England, where she completed her Early Years Educator apprenticeship in a small private nursery. She worked there for three years before deciding to move to Leipzig in 2016 to live with her German partner. Shortly after finishing her German Integration Course at the 'Zu Hause e.V.' she was delighted to find a position at the LIK and is excited to be a part of it all.

  • Comiskey-Goller, Courtenay

    EAL Teacher/ EAL Coordinator
    Grundschule

    Courtenay Comiskey-Goller is from the east coast of the USA and holds degrees in English & Education (B.A.), Elementary Mathematics & Literacy (M.A.) and attended a summer programme for teachers at Harvard University. Her teaching career has been mainly abroad at international schools in the Czech Republic and Germany, working as both a classroom teacher and EAL specialist. In 2007, she moved to Germany, teaching in Weimar and Cologne, before arriving at LIS in 2012 to teach and coordinate primary EAL and is currently a classroom teacher.

  • Davis, Nancy

    Secondary Teacher - English/Head of English Department
    Sekundarschule

    Nancy graduated with a BA in Journalism and worked for about 5 years as a reporter in Connecticut. While covering the Education beat, she became interested in teaching and returned to university to study for her Special Education teacher certification. She also holds an M.S. degree in English. 
    Nancy worked for 6 years in a Connecticut public school, then took her first teaching assignment abroad. In all, she has worked in schools in nine different countries outside the USA – including in Weimar, Germany – teaching Special Education, ESL and English. Most recently, she worked as a Learning Specialist & Academic Advisor at a college in Florida. For the Spring 2018 semester, Nancy was the Programme Director of a study abroad programme in Prato, Italy.

  • Delaquis, Jean-Francois

    Secondary Teacher - Mathematics
    Sekundarschule

  • Dindorf, Gaynor

    Secondary Teacher - English
    Sekundarschule

    Gaynor Dindorf comes from England where she obtained a degree in English and Drama before qualifying to English to 11-18 year olds. Gaynor began her teaching career in the UK but has also taught in international schools the USA, the Sudan, Austria, and now Germany. Gaynor, and her husband, began teaching at LIS in August 2012 and they both very much enjoy the school and life in the city of Leipzig.

  • Dindorf, Tomasz

    Secondary Teacher - Science
    Sekundarschule

    Tomasz (Tom) Dindorf is a 3-rd culture person. He was brought up in Poland and the USA, completed his high-school in Austria, then college and university the USA, after which he taught Physics in Austria, England, the USA, and the Sudan, before coming to Leipzig in 2012. He is a product of the IB system, with degrees in Physics (B.A., Harvard) and Special Education/Visual Impairment (M.A., Columbia). His experiences include being an Assistant Examiner (IGCSE), and Workshop Leader (IBDP).

  • DiTeresa Wuttke, Marisa

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Marisa DiTeresa Wuttke is a native Texan who moved from New York City to Leipzig in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas and was a member of the faculty and staff at the Juilliard School for Performing Arts for eight years before relocating to Germany. She has worked at LIS in various capacities since 2010. After receiving her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Sunderland, Marisa was hired as permanent cover teacher for the Primary school, and since 2014 she has taught Grade 2 here.

  • Domsgen, Pia

    Sport Educator
    Kindergarten

  • Downs, Candace

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

  • Earnshaw, Joanne

    Secondary Teacher - Social Studies
    Sekundarschule

    Joanne comes from Hertfordshire, England and holds a Batchelor's Degree in History from the University of Hull. After volunteering on an EVS project in France she was inspired to pursue a career in teaching. In 2012 she gained a TESOL qualification and went on to teach English as a foreign language in the UK and Italy. She then completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and taught History in Kent before joining LIS.

  • Eckert, Peter

    Janitor
    Schulverwaltung

  • Eels, Fiona

    Head of Department Student Support Services
    Gesamte Schule

    Having attained a BA (Hons) degree in German and English, from the University of London, and a post-graduate teaching qualification (PGCE), from the University of Wales, Fiona taught for 11 years in England, before joining LIS in 1999. Her particular interest has always been in the realm of student support/pastoral care. Years of experience, in a variety of contexts and in various roles of responsibility both in the UK and at LIS, led to her current position as Head of Student Support Services. Having previously taught English, Fiona now teaches PSHE and also serves as the school's Child/Youth Welfare and Protection Consultant and Coordinator.

  • Eichelkraut, Jennifer

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Jennifer came from Berlin to do her apprenticeship in Leipzig, has been here since 2006, and still loves it. During her educational training Jennifer also did many internships and small jobs working with children. In 2012 she began working at LIS, as an intern among the Early Years groups at the Leipzig International Kindergarten.

  • Elms, Thomas

    Primary Teacher / Maths Coordinator
    Grundschule

    Thomas Elms is from London, England. He has an honours degree in English Literature, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in Primary Education with a Modern Foreign Languages (German) specialism. He taught in various schools in and around Manchester, north-west England, before making the move to Leipzig in 2009 with his wife Bryony Galligan, also a primary teacher at LIS. He is a keen cyclist, runner and tennis player, and is the coach of Varsity Badminton and Tennis.

  • Enderwitz, Meike

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Meike was born and raised in Leipzig. After finishing her Abitur she moved to London, working as an Au-pair. From 2013 she studied Applied Childhood Studies and Childhood Education in Stendal and finished her Bachelor-Studies in September 2017. She joined our team in October 2017.

  • Feiertag, Sophia

    Assistant Principal Kindergarten (for Pastoral)
    Kindergarten

    Sophia was born in Halle/Saale and moved to Lützen when she was 12 years old. She got her A-Levels 2012 and after that she lived in the USA for a couple of months. Afterwards, Sophia studied early childhood education at the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd. She got her Bachelor degree 2017 and moved to New Zealand to work for a Kiwi-Family as an Au Pair. During that time she cared for two wonderful children and had the opportunity to discover the culture, landscape and see many beautiful places.
    After a wonderful year with lots of adventures and experiences, she moved back to Germany and started to work in a kindergarten in Munich. Finally Sophia wanted to come back home to Leipzig and she now enjoys working as a nursery educator at Leipzig International Kindergarten. She will now take on a new challenge from November 2018 as the Assistant Principal Kindergarten of LIK and cover for Lisa Regber until she returns from her parental leave.

  • Fiedler, Monika

    Nursery 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Monika is a trained educator and has many years of experience in this profession.
    In her spare time she likes to photograph and loves to write her own short stories for children.

  • Fischer, Caroline

    Assistant Purchase & Facility
    Schulverwaltung

    Caroline grew up in a village near Leipzig. She has been fascinated by foreign countries and languages since she was a child. After graduating from school, Caroline studied English and French at the University of Leipzig, where she received her Master's degree. During her studies, she spent a
    semester abroad at the University of Geneva. Caroline also completed an internship in Washington D.C./USA and took part in numerous language courses in France. Since graduating from university, she has been working as a management assistant in a real estate company.

  • Fischer, Deborah

    Early Years 3 Teacher
    Kindergarten

    Deborah Fischer hails from Massachusetts, USA. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston's Emerson College having majored in Communication, Science and Disorders with a focus on Speech Language Pathology and Psychology. Deborah holds a T.E.S.O.L. certification from Barcelona Spain's Oxford House College. Deborah also completed her Master of Education with honours from Arizona's Grand Canyon University. She has been with LIS since 2003 and has taught within the Early Years and Primary Departments.

  • Fouki, Lito Vera

    Primary Learning Support Teacher
    Grundschule

    Lito Vera Fouki was born in Lemgo, Germany, but grew up in Greece, Thessaloniki. She studied Educational/Pedagogical Sciences at University of Ioannina, where she obtained a Bachelor degree. In 2013, she moved to Manchester UK where she finished her Master's Degree on Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs. After the completion of the MA, she started working in different schools in the greater area of Manchester, resulting in her current position in LIS as Learning Support Teacher.

  • Foulkes, Paul

    Director of Music
    Sekundarschule

    Paul grew up in the Midlands of England, and is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After training as a teacher and gaining experience in education, he took up the position of Director of Music at Aiglon College, Switzerland. After five years in the Swiss mountains, he moved back to England to lead the music faculty in a specialist music college. He has been enjoying working at LIS since 2011, both inside the classroom teaching music at IGCSE and IB level, and outside lesson time directing ensembles.

  • Frazer, Kerry

    Secondary Teacher - Business Studies, Global Perspectives
    Sekundarschule

    Kerry is originally from Australia’s stunning Blue Mountains. He attended the University of Notre Dame Australia, completing a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Business Studies. He is looking forward to commencing a Masters of Business Administration through the University of Tasmania.
    Kerry began his teaching career in Western Sydney, before moving to the United Kingdom in 2017. It was in Cambridge that he first began teaching at an international school and discovered his passion for international education. Kerry is excited to join the LIS team in August 2019.

  • Fritz, Simone

    Assistant Hort Leader / Classroom Assistant
    Hort, Grundschule

    Simone Fritz is a qualified educator recognized by the state. She is part of the LIS Hort educator team and Assistant Hort Leader. Simone came to LIS in 2009 and started her work with the "Non-sleepers" in Early Years 2. After two years of  teaching German in Early Years 3 classes, she became an Educator-In-Class in the Primary section. Simone's main area of work remains the LIS Hort, where she works with an open educational programme every morning and afternoon on school days, and when Hort offers a Holiday programme during school holidays.

  • Galligan, Bryony

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Bryony grew up both in the Middle East and in England. She graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in English and German and subsequently worked in the fields of publishing and international development. She later re-trained to become a primary school teacher and spent her first few years as a teacher in the state system in England, before starting at LIS.

  • Gardner, Jemima

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Jemima Gardner grew up in Australia and has a Primary Education degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. After four years teaching in Sydney and a stint travelling overseas, she moved to Leipzig. Since starting at Leipzig International School more than 14 years ago, she has taught every class from Grade 1-4 and has held a number of leadership roles. This year she will focus on teaching a Grade 2 class.

     

     

     

  • Germander, Christiane

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

  • Gervais, Shawna

    Early Years 2 Specialist
    Kindergarten

    Shawna was born in the US, spending most of her life living near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  She completed her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood education in Reno, Nevada, where she then taught Kindergarten (5-6 year olds).  After being able to travel for a few months, she realized she wanted to pursue an international teaching career.  She lived in Bangkok, Thailand teaching English, and is now excited to be a part of the Leipzig International Kindergarten team.

  • Habicht-Geels, Valerie

    Primary Teacher German as an Additional Language (GAL)
    Grundschule

    Valerie Habicht-Geels was born in Eindhoven in The Netherlands. She studied at The Pedagogic Academy in Maastricht (The Netherlands) from 1988-1992 where she got her first Bachelor's degree as a primary school teacher. Valerie earned her second Bachelor's degree from The Theater Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands) where she became an actress and a theater teacher. She was nominated for 4 prizes with her plays and won the first prize for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the “Heidelberg Theatre-Festival” in 2013. Valerie started working at LIS in 2012 as a substitute teacher. Since 2015 she teaches German as an Additional Language (GAL) in Primary School.

  • Hampton, Elizabeth

    Secondary Teacher - English
    Sekundarschule

    Liz grew up in the South West of England and after finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1979, has lived and taught in the West Midlands of England, in Zambia, The Ivory Coast and Japan. As an LIS parent she produced and directed the school’s first High School Drama Production, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, in 2008, putting Drama firmly on the secondary curriculum for the first time. She finally joined the English Department in 2009 when the children began to fly the nest.

  • Hampton, John

    Secondary Teacher- Mathematics / Alumni Coordinator
    Sekundarschule

    John is a native of Manchester and has a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Southampton. John joined LIS in 2000 having previously taught Mathematics in Zambia, The Ivory Coast and Japan, as well as the UK.

  • Haralali, Stela

    Early Years 2 Specialist
    Kindergarten

    Stela was born in Bulgaria and grown up in Turkey. She received her bachelor's degree at Preschool Education department of Boğaziçi University. After her graduation she became a member of an international school as a teacher in İstanbul. She continued her graduate studies in Middle East Technical University at the department of early childhood education and received her MS degree, focused more on giftedness, teaching and learning approaches in early childhood education. Stela has been teaching for 10 years with various responsibilities. She believes that there is a reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning in the classroom, and she describes herself as a facilitator who cooperates with children to reach their own potential. Stela aspires to be a life-long learner, and she is enthusiastic about having new experiences in the Leipzig International Kindergarten.

  • Hazin, Ahmad

    Secondary Teacher - Arabic
    Sekundarschule

  • Hedenig, Annie

    Primary Teacher Music
    Grundschule

    Annie grew up in Australia and taught in primary schools across Melbourne before moving to Europe to teach at the International School of Florence in 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Teaching in music and drama from the University of Melbourne. As well as being the Primary School music teacher, she has also taught in the classroom, PSHE and drama. She has loved directing five of the LIS Staff musicals with all our talented staff. She is excited about another year of music-making and performances in LIS Primary.

  • Herpich, Thomas

    Secondary Teacher - German
    Sekundarschule

  • Hilbich, Rita

    Chief Accountant
    Schulverwaltung

    Rita Hilbich is an original Leipzig native. She was born and raised here. Rita has a degree in Economics from the University of Leipzig and has received training and further education in tax law. Rita joined LIS way back in 2005 when LIS had 373 students and 60 staff members. She has been witness to the steady growth of LIS with rising students and staff numbers in recent years and has also seen the restoration of the LIS Campus.
    Rita is the Senior Accountant at LIS and is responsible for payroll and financial accounting, various reports and financial statements.

  • Hillyer, Rebecca

    Coordinator IB Diploma Programme
    Sekundarschule

    Becky Hillyer comes from Chester in the UK and is a graduate of International Relations and History from the University of Essex, with a PGCE from the University of Leicester. Becky joined LIS in 1998 having previously worked in International and Bilingual Schools in Switzerland, Turkey and Colombia. She has been the IB Diploma Coordinator at LIS since 2009 and is also joint head of department for Theory of Knowledge. She teaches History and the Theory of Knowledge on the Diploma Programme.  Becky is also a member of the board of the educational organisation Make Change Possible e.V.

  • Hoffmann, Marie-Luise

    Assistant Principal Kindergarten (for Pastoral)
    Kindergarten

    Marie-Luise Hoffmann grew up in Leipzig and after a couple of years travelling and living in Australia, Canada and the UK, she returned to her hometown to work as a Hort Educator and teaching assistant in Grade 1, since January 2015. Marie-Luise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work.

  • Hölzel, Steffi

    Director of Admissions
    Schulverwaltung

  • Hoppe, Andreas

    Early Years 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Andreas Hoppe got his degree as an educator in 2012 and started his working career in Munich, until 2015. During this time he exclusively worked with toddlers (8mths – 3y).
    In September 2015 he came to Leipzig and started working at the Leipzig International Kindergarten in our Nursery. His focus of his daily work with the children - besides raising them to independent personalities - is the acquisition of language as well as the linguistic usage. Andreas works as a German and English educator.

  • Horn, Christian

    Primary Teacher / Art Coordinator
    Grundschule

    Christian Horn grew up in Plauen, Germany and has a degree in Primary Education from the University of Greenwich. After teaching in England and international schools in Germany he joined LIS in 2010 and taught Grade 3 and then Reception. Christian currently teaches Grade 1 and is the Arts co-ordinator for Primary School.

  • Hunger, Manuela

    Kindergarten Kitchen
    Kindergarten

  • Hurtado Molins, Isabel

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

  • Jacobi, Katja

    Secondary Teacher Modern Foreign Languages - GAL
    Sekundarschule

    Katja was born in Leipzig and grew up here. She holds a Master’s degree in German as a Foreign Language, English Studies and Educational Science. Katja has spent time in the USA and has worked as a freelancer in several institutions, having taught GSL to students of various language proficiency levels ranging in age from six to adults. She joined LIS in 2006 and has taught all grades from 1-12. She currently teaches German as a Foreign Language at IGCSE and IB level.

  • Jakubicka, Christiane

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Chrissy was born in beautiful Lima, Peru and has been living in Leipzig since she was 5 years old. She followed her dream and completed her extra-occupational training as a state-recognized Kindergarten teacher at the Euro Akademie in Leipzig whilst working for 3 years in the Day-care centre  “Kunterbunt”. Previously she attained a certificate as a social assistance. She has been working at LIS since 2014 and is currently working in Nursery 1 where she instructs her kids with much passion.

  • Jäntsch, Sarah

    Nursery 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Sarah is from Dresden, Saxony. After getting her A-levels in 2015, she did a voluntary social year at a Kindergarten in her home town and found the work to be her calling. She moved to Halle, Saxony-Anhalt to become an educator in 2016. In 2018 she moved to Leipzig and did an internship at Leipzig International Kindergarten which she found to be very enjoyable. After graduating in April 2019 we were happy to welcome her as an educator at our kindergarten.

  • Jörg, Birte

    Sign out Assistant
    Kindergarten

    Birte Jörg grew up in the South of Germany where she did her A-Levels. After graduating she spent one year as an Au Pair in London. In the following three years she studied English Studies at the University of Leipzig, including a semester abroad at the Manchester Metropolitan University. As she has always been interested in education and especially teaching, she decided to gain more experience in the field by being a volunteer at the Leipzig International Kindergarten. Now she is going back to university to continue her studies and is working towards becoming a primary school teacher.

  • Kaiser, Christiane

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Christiane Kaiser grew up in Germany, Torgau. She finished her degree with an international profile at the Sozial Pädagogisches Institut in Berlin. During her studies as “Staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin” she spent 3 months in Japan, where she did a practical training at the German School Tokyo-Yokohama. Christiane finished her degree as State-approved Early Childhood Educator in March 2012. Before joining the Leipzig International Kindergarten, Christiane worked at the “Fröbel Kindergarten” in Leipzig.

  • Käthner, Jayne

    Hort Educator / Classroom Assistant
    Grundschule, Hort

    Originally from Dundee, Scotland, Jayne Käthner has lived in Germany since 1997. After many years as a Personal Assistant in the National Health Service and in an international company in Bremen, Germany, Jayne followed her desire to work with children and worked for several years as a Helen Doron Early English Teacher. She moved to Leipzig in 2013 where she joined the Hort Team at LIS, initially as a substitute, continuing as an Educator Assistant and, since 2014, as an Educator. She currently supports Grade 5 and helps coordinate the Primary After School Activities.

  • Kaudelka, Stefan

    Head of ICT
    Schulverwaltung

  • Keller-Scrutton, Anett

    Early Years 3 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Anett Keller-Scrutton was born in Germany and moved to England in 1990. She qualified as an early childhood educator in Germany and also holds a BSc in natural science from her studies in England. She has previously worked with children in London, and in management in Canterbury and Ashford. Anett joined the Leipzig International Kindergarten as a Nursery educator, and also looks after her team as their Phase Level Leader.  

  • Kerbe, Carla

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Carla was born in Sinsheim, a small town in Baden-Württemberg. She got her degree as an educator in 2014 and worked in a private kindergarten in the nursery section for three years. In August 2017, Carla decided to make a volunteer year in Cameroon, Africa. There, she worked for an organisation, which supported teachers to improve their teaching. Carla also gained experiences in violence free learning in school and group working. At the same time, she worked as a kindergarten educator and as a German teacher in primary school.

  • Knöfel, Silka

    Kindergarten Kitchen
    Kindergarten

  • Kotzsch, James

    Hort Leader
    Hort, Grundschule

    James grew up in Altenburg. He studied history at Leipzig University where he also worked as a tutor. A Fulbright Scholarship brought him to Washington, D.C. Back in Leipzig, he started working with children and young people and completed a Diploma in Social Pedagogy and Social Work (FH) at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. Before joining LIS in 2013, he worked in Uganda for many years where he helped set up developmental programmes for children and young people. At LIS he is currently working as Hort Leader and is a member of the school’s works council.

  • Kramer, Tanya

    Secondary Teacher - Arts
    Sekundarschule

    Tanya completed a Fine Art Degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she focused on large scale sculpture and installation. Following that, she taught for 2 years in Sri Lanka before returning to the UK to complete her teacher training and masters through the Institute of Education, University of London. After teaching for 5 years in London, Tanya decided to explore the world more and moved to Shanghai and then to Munich to teach. She continues to practice art making; focusing on printmaking, illustration and ceramics.
    As a child Tanya attended international schools and she hopes that has given her a good understanding of what it means to be an international student.

  • Kröger-Foulkes, Tanja

    Assistant Principal Middle School/Secondary Teacher
    Sekundarschule

    After growing up in the North of Germany Tanja studied and obtained a degree in Anglistik and Germanistik at the universities of Cologne and Osnabrück. She trained to become a teacher in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony. Her teaching experience before joining LIS in 2011 was in the German and British state school sectors. She worked in a Middle School in Germany and was Head of German in a specialist language college in England. She teaches Grades 6-10 and as Phase Level Leader she is responsible for the pastoral welfare of students in Grades 6-8.

  • Kuchel, Matthias

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Matthias grew up in Gardelegen near Magdeburg (Germany). After he finished school in 2012 he moved to Leipzig for his study in elementary school education. At the beginning of 2017 he did a voluntary internship in Crewe (UK). In 2019 he finished his second “Staatsexamen” in Connewitz/Leipzig and went to Australia for working and travelling. Matthias is working at LIS as a German teacher in primary school. In his free time he loves doing sports like playing football.

  • Kunzemann, Vivien

    Nursery 1 Educator/Social Assistant
    Kindergarten

    Vivien, was born in Leipzig and has been living in Gohlis since then. In 2014, she graduated from secondary school at the sports school, Leipzig. Vivien did a BFD at the university clinic Leipzig as an surgery assistant. In 2016, she worked as a nursing assistant in the old people’s home 'Pflegewohnstift Gohlis'. She started her training as social assistant in August 2016 and graduated in June 2018.
    Vivien absolved several internships e.g. at the Kindergarten 'Hildegardstift' and here at the Leipzig International Kindergarten. She will be starting at LIK in August 2019 and is happy to become a member of the LIS community.

  • Kupfer, Christine

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Christine grew up in Altenburg, Thuringia. She did an one year internship at a school for special needs children. After she finished her degree as a State-approved Early Childhood Educator, Christine moved to the USA, where she lived and worked in New York City as an Au-Pair for 2 years. After a short break in Germany she moved to The Hague in the Netherlands where she worked in international Day Cares. Since 2012 Christine is back in Germany and for the past 6 years she has been working in a Lutheran Day Care here in Leipzig. During that time she also received an additional qualification (HPZ) that allows her to work with special needs children. At the moment she  is working on getting her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Management.

  • Lane, Matthew

    Secondary Teacher - English as an Additional Language
    Sekundarschule

    Matthew Lane is from Brisbane, Australia, where he completed bachelor’s degrees in arts and education at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Master of Education from the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). After working in the public education system in Queensland for several years he began his international teaching career at the International School of Stuttgart. He has worked as an EAL teacher at LIS since August 2012, supporting students in Grades 4 and 5. In 2016 Matthew joined the Secondary School Department working as EAL teacher and Form Tutor.

  • Lange, Marianne

    Secondary School Secretary
    Sekundarschule

    Marianne was born in Leipzig and is a trained multilingual assistant. She lived in the UK for a time where she gathered experience as a commercial assistant and has also worked in several business functions in Germany. She joined LIS on 1 April 2011 and after two years as Whole School Secretary she is now working in the Secondary School Office.

  • Lebel, Danielle

    Head of Department Modern Foreign Languages
    Sekundarschule

    Danielle Lebel grew up in Quebec city, the capital of the French province of Canada. She holds a teaching degree and licence from Laval University in teaching French Mother Tongue and is also qualified to teach EAL. Danielle joined LIS in 2006, having previously taught English and French in Japan, Brunei and Switzerland. She currently teaches French to all levels and is the Head of Modern Languages. She is an IB examiner for French B.

  • Lewis, Stephen

    Director of Visual Arts
    Sekundarschule

    Stephen Lewis grew up in South Jersey USA, and studied and practised Fine Arts and painting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University,  the University of Reading in the UK and at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Steve has been working at LIS since 2002, presiding over the growth of Art at the school while also continuing to produce his own painting: his work can frequently be seen in local galleries.

  • Lewis, Tim

    Head of Department Science
    Sekundarschule

    Tim is originally from South Wales and began teaching chemistry in 1987 in the UK. After five years in the state sector, he moved abroad to work in Bahrain, Portugal and Japan. He has delivered workshops for IB Chemistry in India, China and Kazakhstan. Tim has also taught Theory of Knowledge from 2002 onwards. Most recently he has worked at an international academy in Oxford and at a private boarding school in South-East England. Tim was also a keen sportsman playing rugby, golf and tennis, but now watches more than he plays. In addition to this, he has played the cello since the age of 11 and would like to get involved with a classical music group in Leipzig.

  • Li, Sie Mei

    Secondary Teacher - Science
    Sekundarschule

    Sie Mei Li grew up in London (UK), and is a Biomedical Science Graduate with a PGCE from King's College London. Sie Mei joined LIS in 2009, having previously taught in a London state school, a bilingual school in Sichuan (China) and an international school in the Bahamas. She is a Biology specialist who has taught IGCSE/ IB Biology, PSHE and Maths at LIS, and is currently teaching General Science to Grades 6-8.

  • Lindenlaub, Liane

    Marketing Manager
    Schulverwaltung

    Liane graduated as 'Diplomkauffrau' from studying Business Psychology, Business Administration, Marketing and Tourism Management. The central focus of her work has been in these areas since then. During and after her studies she lived and worked in the USA, in Australia and in New Zealand. Originally from Thuringia, she joined the school in 2010 as Parent Community Coordinator. In this position she supported LIS families (especially international families) both with school-related concerns and with any other needs around creating an interesting and satisfying life here in Leipzig. Liane now holds the position of Marketing Manager in which she continues to promote LIS as an outstanding school, both academically and in terms of all-round development.

  • Lindgren, Evelina

    Hort Educator
    Hort

    Evelina is from a small town called Varberg on the Swedish west coast. After attaining her bachelor's degree of science in Social work at the University of Gothenburg, she decided that she wanted to see more of the world and found her way to us here at LIS. She brings with her experience of working with children at the social services as an intern as well as a substitute caseworker. She’s now a part of the Hort team as an educator and is excited about getting to know the children, LIS and the different cultures within Leipzig.”

     

     

  • Lindner, Nico

    Janitor
    Kindergarten

  • Llopis Signes, Jose Andres

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

  • Lorbeer, Antje

    Primary School Management Assistant
    Grundschule

  • Lux, Maximilian

    Hort Educator
    Hort

  • Mälzner-Lareau, Dana

    Early Years Specialist - Music
    Kindergarten

    Dana returned to her childhood home City of Leipzig, having lived the last 15 years in the United States. While there, Dana earned Bachelor's degrees in Music and Arts Management as well as a Master's Degree in Music. Residing in Boston for eight years, Dana kept a busy schedule teaching voice, choir and recorder. In addition to many cities in the U.S., Dana's opera career has taken her to Italy, Austria and Germany. While in Boston, from 2010-12, she taught Music, Choirs and Hort in the German International School Boston (GISB). Dana joined LIS in 2013 and enjoys teaching Early Childhood Music at the Leipzig International Kindergarten.

  • Martynyuk, Vita

    Head of Facility Management
    Schulverwaltung

    Vita Martynyuk grew up in Kiev and started her career as Translator and Interpreter working for international companies in Ukraine. With a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service she left her home country in 2005, and two years later she obtained a double Master´s degree in Global Studies, from Leipzig University and from Vienna University. After four years working as a Technical Writer in Leipzig and gaining a further Master’s degree in General Management from Leipzig University of Applied Sciences 'HTWK', she joined LIS, and since 2014 she has been working as the school's Facility and Purchasing Coordinator. Vita now holds the position of Head of Facility Management.

  • Mausolf, Traci

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Traci Mausolf is a California native and holds a BA in Liberal Studies, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Grades K-6), a Supplemental for English as a Single Subject (Grades K-8), and is currently working to complete her certification as a Mindful Educator through Mindful Schools. Traci began teaching in California in 1999, but shortly thereafter moved to Hamburg, Germany where she worked at the International School of Hamburg for almost 17 years. New to LIS this school year, she is excited to share her 20 years of teaching experience with her Grade 4 students and the LIS community.

  • Maye, Deanne

    Primary Teacher Technology Integration
    Grundschule

    Deanne is a British teacher from the vibrant city of Birmingham. Deanne’s interests are travelling, reading and being creative. Deanne graduated with honours from The University of Nottingham in 2010 and then went on to complete her PGCE in Secondary ICT at The University of Warwick. Deanne has spent her teaching career working in a Media Arts College in Birmingham and an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. In the latter part of her career Deanne has developed and refined the Primary ICT curriculum, giving students the opportunity to become more ICT-literate. Deanne is currently a Primary Class Teacher, working with the upper end of our Primary students.

     

     

  • McTavish, Alison

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Alison grew up in London, Ontario. She has her honours degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Education degree form York University. Alison has worked in Kazakhstan for the past four years before making the move to Leipzig.

  • Meier-Mahlo, Ulrike

    Science Lab Assistant
    Sekundarschule

    Ulrike grew up in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt. She has a master's degree in chemistry and in business studies. She has worked in several institutes for scientific research and in the technical and sales departments of various companies in Germany for several years. Before joining LIS in 2012, Ulrike spent some years in Cracow, Poland, and since then has been working here in the science department.

  • Meiler, Claudia

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Claudia was born and raised in Leipzig. She obtained a degree as a state-approved pedagogue and then she joined her husband in Seattle and later in Nashville, TN. In Nashville, Claudia graduated with a Master’s degree at Peabody College in Early Childhood Special Education and worked there in different child care centers as a preschool teacher.
    All three of Claudia’s children were born in Nashville. The family decided to move back to Germany in July 2019. Claudia has joined the nursery team at LIK in August 2019.

  • Melo Range, Suelyn

    Educator Assistant Hort
    Hort, Grundschule

    Suelyn Melo Range is from a Brazilian coastal city called Santos. After working in Guest Relations at five star hotels within Europe and Brazil, as well as one of the world’s largest cruising boats, she decided to make a cut and started dedicating her life to Education. After her graduation in Modern Languages and teaching Portuguese, undergoing through a specialization in Art and Education Studies and leading an art project for kids in the city of Leipzig, she is now part of the Hort Team as Educator Assistant.

  • Metzler, Ulrike

    Primary Teacher English as an Additional Language (EAL)
    Grundschule

    Ulrike is currently an English as an Additional Language teacher and joined LIS in 2010. Originally from Leipzig, she moved to Salem, Oregon to complete her teacher training and graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in Primary School Teaching in 2009. She has also taught Early Years 3 and Grade 2 and 5 at LIS. She was responsible for the Primary School Yearbook 2014-2016.

  • Mills, Ian

    Head of Department Social Studies / Subject Coordinator Global Perspectives
    Sekundarschule

    Originally from the south-west of England, Ian has lived in Leipzig since 2007 where he moved in order to complete his M.A. in Global Studies: A European Perspective at the Universität Leipzig. After two years working as the Practical Language Program Coordinator at the Technische Universität Chemnitz he pursued a career in secondary school teaching and has been at Leipzig International School since 2011. Ian teaches the IGCSE Global Perspectives, IB Business Management and IBCP Service Learning courses. He is an external examiner for the IGCSE Global Perspectives course and an avid member of the LIS coaching team. He has an MEd in (Secondary) Educational Leadership from the University of Buckingham.

  • Mitsis, Dimitrios

    Secondary Teacher - Learning Support
    Sekundarschule

    Dimitrios grew up in the North West of Greece in the city of Ioannina. In 2011 he graduated from the University of the Aegean with a BEd in Educational Sciences. In 2013 he relocated to Manchester, England. For 5 years he held various support positions in UK state schools and he completed his MA in Inclusive Education and SEN at Manchester Metropolitan University (2014). His Qualified Teacher Status was awarded by the National College for Teaching and Learning (UK). Dimitrios' philosophy is that of Inclusive Education. He has a positive attitude and is determined to help his students with their learning and give them confidence to succeed. His hobbies are football and running and, outside school, he can be found coaching football, as he is a qualified coach from the English FA.

  • Moccia, Beatrice

    Assistant Principal Kindergarten (for Curriculum)
    Kindergarten

    Beatrice is the new Assistant Principal for Curriculum at LIK. She is a great International example as she is originally Italian but grew up in Valencia, Spain. Moreover, due to her university studies, Beatrice lived and worked in Ireland for almost three years. After finishing her Early Childhood degree, Bea moved to Modena (Italy) where she worked at a British Kindergarten for three more years. In 2017, she finished her Masters Education in “Leadership and School Management”.
    Beatrice's desire to learn from another educational system led her to Leipzig, and she fell in love straight away with the city and its people. During the past year, she worked as an Early Years Specialist in EY2 and  had the opportunity to create a strong bond with the children, the team and the rest of the school community.
    Beatrice's objective is to guide, help and support the rest of the LIK team to develop a structured, solid and gradual curriculum that will enable the Leipzig International Kindergarten to reach its maximum potential.

  • Möckel, Pia

    School Fees Accountant
    Schulverwaltung

    Pia was born in Leipzig and grew up there. She studied Business Administration at the University of Leipzig and graduated with a degree in Business Management. After her studies, she worked as a controller for a French building materials company for several years before she joined the Accounting and Finance Department of a wood processing company. After further training to become a qualified accountant, she worked for a software company before joining LIS in 2018. She has spent time living and working in the USA and New Zealand both during and after her studies.

  • Möller, Amy

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Amy graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Elementary Education and an art emphasis. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Southeast Asia where she taught at an international school in Laos for over five years. She moved to Leipzig in 2014 and began working at LIS.

     

     

  • Murina, Olga

    Secondary Teacher Modern Foreign Languages - GAL
    Sekundarschule

    Olga Murina has a degree in Linguistics, and German as a Second Language from Leipzig University. She has been working at LIS for two years: first in Primary, and then in Secondary School. She currently teaches GSL, is responsible for the Language Development Course of the IBCP programme, and supports Russian mother tongue speakers in the Self-Taught Language A programme.

  • Myers, Helen

    School Nurse
    Gesamte Schule

    Helen grew up on the Orkney Islands, in the north of Scotland. She qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in 2003, and worked for more than 10 years in hospitals and in the community setting in Scotland, before joining LIS as the school nurse in June 2013.

  • Nanchaco, Franziska

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Franziska is 26 years old and grew up in Waldenburg, a small Town in Saxony. She has been living in Leipzig since 2011. Franziska is a mom of a beautiful girl called Nela, who was born in 2014. In her spare time Franziska likes to play Ukulele, loves singing and to be creative. That’s why she became a “Kreativitätspädagoge”. She got a lot of experiences in non-violent communication, adventure and experiential education and she loves to go outside and explore the nature.

  • Neye, Carola

    Secondary Teacher - German/GAL
    Sekundarschule

    Carola grew up in Stendal (Saxony-Anhalt) and moved to Leipzig in 2006. She studied Japanese and German as a Foreign Language at the University of Leipzig and did her internship at LIS in 2010. After finishing her Bachelor's Degree she started working at LIS in 2011. Having taught German and GSL in the following years she decided to go back to university to gain her teacher qualification in German and English (Staatsexamen). Currently Carola teaches the IBDP German B programme in Grade 11 and 12.

  • Ng, Josephine

    Early Years 3 Teacher
    Kindergarten

    Josephine Ng comes all the way from San Francisco and holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific. Before coming to Leipzig and LIS in 2013, she helped start up a bilingual German-English kindergarten in Halle and worked there for three years. At LIS, she worked with Grade One during her first year and has also worked with Early Years 3. She also serves as a member of the LIS Works Council.

  • Ní Leathlobhair, Roisin

    Secondary Teacher - English
    Sekundarschule

    Róisín Ní Leathlóbhair is an experienced English teacher from Dublin, Ireland. She completed her Bachelor's Degree from University College Dublin in 2007. Her studies encompassed English, Irish and German language and literature. She first came to Leipzig in 2005 through the Erasmus student exchange programme. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Róisín taught at two excellent schools in Dublin before returning to Leipzig to teach at the University. As well as being a Speaking Examiner for Cambridge English, Róisín is a published singer songwriter who sometimes performs in the city. Róisín joined the English Department at LIS in January 2016.

  • Nichols, Kjersti

    Kindergarten Principal
    Kindergarten

    Kjersti Nichols comes from New York and holds a Bachelor’s in German and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She has been living and working for over 14 years in Germany. She brings to LIS experience in working in child-care and after school settings in both the US and Germany. Prior to joining LIS, she was the director of a bi-lingual communal kindergarten in Halle. At LIS she led the Hort team between January 2013 and March 2019. She is currently the Kindergarten Principal at Leipzig International Kindergarten.

     

     

  • Niven, Antje

    Human Resources Manager
    Schulverwaltung

    Antje, originally from Magdeburg/Germany, obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland/New Zealand. In the last years, she has established and coordinated a PhD programme at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, which included the admission of national and international students. Antje joined LIS in June 2014 as Director of Admissions and is the first contact for new families.

  • Nohr, Maria

    Nursery 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Maria was born in Thuringia and grew up in a small town near Erfurt. After school she went to the U.S. as an au pair. For her degree in state approved early childhood education she trained in a school near Bonn. After working there in a small kindergarten for 6 wonderful years, mainly in the nursery, she decided to move closer to her roots. In summer 2015 she came to Leipzig and started working in the Leipzig International Kindergarten.

  • Nußbaum, Ute

    Assistant Librarian/Reception desk
    Schulverwaltung

    Ute Nußbaum grew up in Schleswig-Holstein and received professional and educational training at Lufthansa in Hamburg and Frankfurt. After 31 years serving as international flight attendant, customer service specialist, supervisor and communication trainer she has been supporting the marketing department of her husband's company. In 2015 she started assisting Ms Curtis in LIS' library and can now also be found substituting Steffi Arnas at the Reception Desk.

  • Oettel, Linda

    Administrative Assistant / Reception Kindergarten
    Kindergarten

    Linda Oettel was born in Prague, Czech Republic and grew up in Ontario, Canada. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph and a Master’s degree from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. She has lived in Germany since 2006 and has supported bilingual education in the past as an English Language Educator for Grade 1 students and as a Parental Contact Person and Treasurer for Mille-Pattes e.V. – an association promoting French immersion in a Leipzig kindergarten.  Linda joined the Leipzig International Kindergarten as an Administrative Assistant in January 2018.

  • Öktem, Serkan

    Secondary Teacher - ICT
    Sekundarschule

    Serkan Öktem was born and raised in Izmir in Turkey. He moved to Istanbul for his university education in 1993 and graduated from Marmara University with a bachelor degree in electronics and computing education in 1998. He started teaching ICT in the same year at a private elementary school.  After a period of study at New York Institute of Technology, he returned to Turkey, and from 2003 worked in private schools with international programmes. Serkan gained his master’s degree in 2013 in Educational Administration and Supervision at Sabahattin Zaim University & Marmara University of Istanbul. LIS is his first international school.

  • Patterson, Emily

    Hort Educator / Classroom Assistant
    Grundschule, Hort

    Emily grew up in Michigan.  She completed a bachelors degree in Sociology as well as a masters of social work at the University of Michigan.  For the past 5 years, Emily was a school social worker for two elementary schools in Hartland, Michigan. With her work as a school social worker, she specialised in working with children with emotional, psychological and cognitive difficulties. She moved to Leipzig in 2018 and is excited to be apart of the LIS Hort Team. 

  • Pessara, Thomas

    Commercial Director
    Schulverwaltung

  • Piper, Kyla

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Kyla recently graduated with a PhD Education from the University of Limerick, Ireland and holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching, and Early Childhood Teaching Qualifications. Before joining Leipzig International Kindergarten, she taught in schools in China, Poland, Ireland, the USA, and the Czech Republic. Kyla grew up in the United States of America and has enjoyed traveling, living, working, and studying around the world.

     

     

     

  • Postma, Mirte

    Permanent Substitute Teacher
    Sekundarschule

    Mirte grew up in the Netherlands and holds a Masters degree in history and a teaching degree from Utrecht University. In between teaching at several international schools in the Netherlands, she worked for educational projects aboard two tall ships taking students to the Carribean and back to Europe. Her passion is experiential learning and she enjoys making learning interesting and meaningful. After marrying her German husband, she recently moved to Leipzig and is looking forward to making herself at home in this beautiful, historical city.

  • Pritchard, Jennifer

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Jennifer was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she moved to Osaka, Japan to teach English for two years. Her next move took her to Hong Kong where she taught Kindergarten and realized her passion for teaching internationally. She then studied to earn her Kindergarten teaching license and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. After spending 6 wonderful years in Asia, Jennifer is enthusiastic to relocate to Germany and join the Leipzig International Kindergarten community from August 2019. 

  • Putsch, Helena

    Assistant Marketing & Admissions
    Schulverwaltung

  • Raggett, John

    Secondary Homework Club Tutor
    Sekundarschule

    John was born in Hull and grew up in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Apart from seven years as a uniformed police officer and Fraud Squad detective, he worked most of his life managing hotels, hospitals, medical practices and business offices in the City of London. John obtained the Cambridge CELTA before moving to Switzerland in 2005. Then, for seven years to 2012, he tutored business and legal English to KPMG and PWC in Genf, Lausanne, Fribourg and Bern.  In Leipzig, since 2013, John tutored business English to private clients and at the DHL European Hub.

  • Raggett, Lindsay

    Secondary Techer - English/EAL
    Sekundarschule

    Lindsay Raggett hails from Nothern Ireland and holds a degree in German and a PGCE from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne  as well as a  TESOL certificate from Queen's University, Belfast. Her international school career started in Vienna back in 1998 and since then she has lived and taught English, EAL, PSHE and GAL in several different countries accompanied by her husband and three children. She is returning to LIS after a stint in India and is looking forward to teaching English and EAL as well as being  Grade 7 form tutor. In her free time Lindsay loves running, cooking, baking and acting.

  • Ramonaite, Iveta

    Educator Assistant Hort
    Hort, Grundschule

    Iveta grew up in Klaipeda, Lithuania and earned her Bachelor's degree in English Philology from Vytatutas Magnus University (Kaunas). During her degree programme, she also had a chance to spend one semester in Cologne, Germany with the ERASMUS exchange programme. In Barcelona, Spain, she carried out an internship, went to Spanish courses and earned a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Her continuing interest in education has led her to pursue her studies and she soon moved to Edinburgh, UK where she earned her Master's degree in MSc TESOL. 

  • Reinhardt, Uwe

    Teacher - Physical Education
    Gesamte Schule

  • Romanyuk, Olga

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Olga Romanyuk is a Ukrainian with international experience. After obtaining degrees in Business Administration (B.A.) and Project Management (M.A.) in Kyiv, Ukraine, she worked for industrial research centers and international event teams. Having moved to Leipzig, Olga joined LIS in 2015 first as part of Hort team. She then received her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Sunderland in the UK and became a supply teacher in the Primary School. She now works as a part time permanent substitute and enjoys teaching across all classes and grades.

     

     

  • Rössner, Britta

    Head of Department German / CAS Coordinator
    Sekundarschule

    Britta Rössner comes from Hildesheim, Germany and holds a Master’s degree in German, English and Social and Economic Psychology from the University of Göttingen. She also obtained a PGCE teaching degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she taught in high schools. After her return to Germany, Britta lived and taught in Berlin and completed the Staatsexamen für Lehramt an Gymnasien. Britta joined LIS in 2010 and currently teaches German and works as a form tutor in Secondary School.

  • Saber, Nadine

    Deputy Human Resources Manager
    Schulverwaltung

    Nadine Saber has been living in Leipzig since 2005. After studying Business Administration she worked in the field of auditing for more than seven years. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Organisational Psychology. Nadine joined us in 2017 as Human Resources Administrator. She has been supporting the Human Resources Department as Deputy Human Resources Manager since 2019.

  • Sacca, Sabrina

    Secondary Teacher - Science
    Sekundarschule

    Sabrina originally comes from Italy. She moved to the UK after high school to study at University of Glasgow, where she completed her Master's degree in Medicinal Chemistry. As part of her degree she worked in the laboratories of the chemical company BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany. During her studies, Sabrina has enjoyed working as babysitter and tutor. Moreover, she has played volleyball for 12 years and has assisted in coaching. Throughout the years she has developed her vocation for teaching which lead her to complete an international PGCE at the University of Sunderland, UK and an IB training. Sabrina is now teaching IB and IGCSE Chemistry and Biology as well as general sciences in middle school. She loves cooking (which is all about biochemistry indeed!) and enjoyes cycling, swimming and travelling. She has a special love for seaside locations, which remind her of her hometown in Sicily.

  • Saldanha, Josh

    Educator Assistant Hort
    Grundschule, Hort

    Originally from India, Joshua grew up as a “third-culture kid” in Dubai where he studied to be an audio engineer. He spent the last 12 years working as a professional musician and performing all over the world with various musical artists from the Middle Eastern region. Seeking a change of pace and purpose, Joshua moved to Leipzig in spring of 2017 where he volunteered to assist a neighbouring school with their music programme and chaperoning on field trips and excursions. He quickly realized that working with children and helping them learn more about the exciting world can be just as rewarding and thrilling as performing to an arena filled with thousands of people. He found his way to LIS in 2019 and is currently part of the Hort team as an educator assistant.

  • Sands, Justin

    Secondary Teacher - Social Studies / University Admissions & Careers Coordinator
    Sekundarschule

    Justin grew up in Scotland and Germany and has lived in Leipzig since 2002. He holds a history degree from the University of London and a teaching qualification from the University of Buckingham. He has been at LIS since 2004 and currently teaches history to Grades 8–12 and ToK to Grades 11 and 12. In addition, he is Head of the Social Studies Department and the University Admissions & Careers Advisor.

  • Sastim, Bekir

    Secondary Teacher - Mathematics/ICT
    Sekundarschule

    Bekir is from Kayseri, a city close to the land of fairy chimneys of Cappadocia,Turkey. He spent his childhood in the city Konya of the Whirling Dervishes. As he watched them whirling, he wondered how to calculate the circumference of the circular paths they made and decided to be a mathematician.
    He had his Bachelor degree with honors on Mathematics Teaching in METU, Ankara, in 1994. He also had double major in Math where he mostly focused on computer programming languages. After his graduation Bekir started to work as a teacher in 1994 and never quit teaching since then. He worked in many different countries with different international programmes. He took part in EU Comenius school partnership projects, and is happy to be a part of LIS family.

     

     

  • Schleif, Susanne

    Assistant Principal Upper School/Secondary Teacher
    Sekundarschule

    Dr Susanne Schleif is a native Leipziger. She studied German as a foreign language and Oriental philology at Leipzig University and holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics/Language teaching methodology. Susanne taught GSL for young adults at C1/C2-level in Leipzig, GSL and German at a German school in Cairo/Egypt and led various seminars at Halle and Leipzig University. Susanne joined LIS in 2007, currently teaches German for Grades 6-12 and is the coordinator of the Cambridge exams Checkpoint Secondary 1 and IGCSE. Susanne is an IB examiner in German Group 1. 

  • Schmidt, Stefan

    Hort Educator
    Grundschule, Hort

    Stefan grew up in Riesa before he left to study Social Work in The Netherlands. After achieving his Bachelor degree in Social Work  in 2012, he moved to London to work with homeless young people aged 16-25 years. Stefan returned to Germany in July 2017, working initially as an educator in a kindergarten and nursery.

  • Schönpflug, Teresa

    Early Years 2 Educator/Early Years Specialist - German
    Kindergarten

  • Schreiber, Lisa

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Lisa moved to Leipzig in 2007. While working as an educator in the Kindergarten St. Nikolai she completed her studies in Early Childhood Education and Management (Bachelor of Arts). Before that she attained a certificate as social assistance. Lisa joined our Nursery Team on November 2014. Since October 2017 Lisa has been studying Psychology besides work. She currently is working in Nursery.

  • Schumann, Josephine

    Primary School Counsellor
    Grundschule

    Josephine holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. During her studies she completed a practical semester in School Social Work at a middle school in Leipzig. Before she joined LIS as an educator in Hort and classroom assistant for grade 3 in May 2017, she worked as a Social Pedagogue and Job Coach for adults at an education centre in Leipzig. She joined the Student Support team in August 2018 as the Primary School Counsellor.

     

     

  • Seifert, Pauline

    German Teacher
    Grundschule

    Pauline grew up in Saxony-Anhalt. Her first university degree programme was for an B.A. in Romance and German languages and literature at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. Thereafter Pauline graduated with a Master of Arts degree in German as a foreign language and German as a second language. Additionally, she is a qualified teacher for literacy courses, integration courses and naturalisation courses. Her teaching career has been in Germany and abroad at schools in France and Turkey.
    In Istanbul and Izmir Pauline joined an international programme to combine experiential education according to the principle of lifelong learning. After teaching at University in Canada, Québec she did a world trip and trained as a yoga teacher in India. Pauline is working at LIS as a German teacher in primary school. In addition to her passion as a teacher, Pauline loves yoga and snowboarding.

  • Simasi, Jacinta

    Secondary Teacher - Science
    Sekundarschule

    Dr Jacinta Simasi hails from western Kenya; she graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in Science from Maseno University. After teaching Biology at secondary school for a while, she moved on to do her Master’s degree in Zoology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Nairobi. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Leipzig. Jacinta joined LIS in 2012. Before that she worked as a researcher at Fraunhofer Institute of Cell Therapy and Immunology and Robert Koch Klinik in Leipzig. She has also taught at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology in Kenya.

  • Siobhan Corcoran

    Kindergarten Floater
    Kindergarten

     

     

  • Smith, David

    Head of School
    Schulverwaltung, Sekundarschule

    David Smith is from Bristol, England: he has a degree in English and Related Literature from the University of York, and a teaching certification from the University of London. He worked at public and private schools in England until 1987 when he began an international career which has taken him to Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Portugal and now Germany. He was head of school at two IB World Schools: The British Schools, Montevideo, (1993-2000) and St Julian‘s School, Lisbon (2000-2014) before coming to Leipzig in August 2014. He has taught English at all levels, as well as Theory of Knowledge.

  • Snel, Anne

    Secondary Teacher - Mathematics
    Sekundarschule

    Dr Anne Snel obtained her BA in Maths and History from University College Dublin. Upon graduation, she moved to the Netherlands, married, had three children and joined the ING bank as a trainee computer programmer. When the family moved to Ireland, she returned to her true passion as a teacher of Maths for 20 years. In 2008 the opportunity arose to pursue a research PhD in Mathematical Modelling.
    Shortly after an exciting opportunity presented itself to teach A Level Maths and Further Maths in Melaka, Malaysia. She is now looking forward to passing on her love of Maths to the students of LIS, becoming fluent in German and listening to her favourite composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • Spitzner, Robert

    Social Assistant
    Kindergarten

     

     

  • Sullivan, Paula

    Primary Teacher
    Grundschule

    Paula is an expat from the United States of America. She has lived in Leipzig for 2 years and before this, lived and worked in Kosovo where she taught English in the Secondary School. Paula loves travelling and socialising and is very happy to be part of the Primary School team.

  • Sulzener, Brianna

    Secondary School Counsellor
    Sekundarschule

    Brianna grew up in Florida and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She received her Master of Arts in School Counselling from the University of Iowa. While living in Iowa City, Brianna provided social-emotional support and instruction to students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She is currently working as a Social Pedagogue in the Secondary School.

  • Targosz, Sandra

    Nursery 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Sandra Targosz grew up in Leipzig. She completed her professional training as a state-recognised educator in 2014, working for a part of this time in sunny Barcelona, Spain. She joined the LIS Kindergarten team in 2015 and is now working in Nursery 2.

  • Taylor, Allison

    Secondary Teacher - English / Curriculum and Assessment Leader
    Sekundarschule

    Allison Taylor is from New Zealand, and is an English and Education graduate of the University of Wellington. She also holds a Master's degree in Education Administration from Massey University of New Zealand. Allison joined LIS in 2012, having previously taught in New Zealand and at international schools in Indonesia and Sudan. She currently teaches English and is a form tutor in Grade 12.

  • Tchoujii, Dmitro

    Senior ICT Support Technician
    Schulverwaltung

  • Thompson, Cedric

    Secondary Teacher - Music / PSHE
    Sekundarschule

    Cedric Thompson is an English Language & Literature teacher and an Integrated Arts specialist who especially enjoys using music and theatre arts to enhance linguistic skills. Effectively a TCI, Cedric was born in South Africa and emigrated to Canada in 1984, where he continued his studies and worked for ten years in both the Catholic School system and the (public) Toronto School Board. He has been teaching internationally for the past 17 years, sharing his skills in Zimbabwe, Turkey, Uganda, Germany, as well as Ukraine.

  • Tsanaktsidou, Ioanna

    Early Years Specialist
    Kindergarten

    Ioanna was born in Greece, and she studied early years childhood education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Ioanna fell in love with teaching and her favourite thing during her studies was to be inside the kindergarten. After she finished her bachelors degree, Ioanna immediately  started her master's degree on Creative Writing at the Univeristy of Western Macedonia. Her research theme was "Creative story-telling and kinetic expression in kindergarten: Development of children's social skills". Ioanna's main goal is to give all children in her classroom the opportunity to express themselves through fun and educational activities.

  • Valero, Francisco

    Head of Department English as an Additional Language
    Sekundarschule

    Frank was born in Spain but grew up in Australia. He holds a Diploma of Teaching, B.A. (Honours) and  a Master’s degree in Linguistics. He joined LIS in 2012, having taught a variety of subjects and age groups in Australia for many years and internationally in Spain, Hong Kong, Venezuela and Japan. He currently teaches Secondary English as an Additional Language and heads the EAL department, as well as coaching the Varsity Girls football team.

  • Varges, Anja

    Nursery 2 Educator
    Kindergarten

     

     

  • Vartolomei, Sorin

    Senior ICT Support Technician
    Schulverwaltung

  • Veall de Ramirez, Beth

    Early Years 3 Teacher
    Kindergarten

    Beth grew up in Adelaide, Australia where she completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. She has worked in Child Care Centres and both Catholic and State Primary Schools in Australia. Beth has experience working in International Schools in Chile and Germany. She is currently an Early Years 3 teacher.

  • Vincent, Chelsea

    Secondary Teacher - Mathematics
    Sekundarschule

    Chelsea was born and raised in the United States, spending most of her childhood in the state of Maine. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in Physics and Astronomy and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA. Prior to teaching Chelsea spent four years doing astrophysics research and collaborating with scientists from around the world. From 2016-2018 Chelsea taught at an international school in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine where she built a STEM programme and offered courses such as coding, computer science, robotics and astronomy. Chelsea joined LIS in 2018 and now teaches Mathematics for grades 6 to 11.

  • Voinea, Andreea

    Educator Assistant Hort
    Hort, Grundschule

    Andreea is originally from Romania, and has started at LIS Hort as an educator assistant. She is a student of languages, and brings several years of work experience in summer camps and after school programming in different countries across Europe. She is having a great time getting to know all the names and faces here at LIS!

     

  • Wandkowsky, Leslie

    Assistant Principal Primary School
    Grundschule

    Leslie grew up in Oakville, Ontario where she also taught for eight years before beginning her international teaching career. Leaving the Canadian winters behind, she spent two years teaching in the Cayman Islands before moving to Leipzig in 2009. During her time here, Leslie has taught across the Early Yeas and the Primary School, and has been a Phase Level Leader in both Early Years and Primary.  Leslie has a BA in History from the University of Western Ontario and a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University College.

  • Willem, Mélanie

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Mélanie comes from Strasbourg in France. There, she worked a few years with children and teenagers as a qualify monitor. Afterwards, she worked as a qualified social worker with homeless people. Before all of that she lived in different countries such as Canada and the USA  and travelled as much as she could for a few years through Latin America, the Philippines and Togo.

  • Winkler, Anne

    Financial Controller
    Schulverwaltung

  • Wolf, Kristina

    Early Years 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Kristina Wolf is originally from Freiberg, Saxony. After completing school she took care of people's teeth as a dental nurse. However, after 5 years she decided to move to London and work with children, both as an au-pair and a preschool teacher. In 2002 she came back to Leipzig, where she obtained her qualification as an educator and has been part of the LIS team since 2005. Currently she works in the Leipzig International Kindergarten in the Nursery team.

  • Wong, Jeff

    Secondary Teacher - Mathematics
    Sekundarschule

    Jeff grew up in Sydney, Australia where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in pure mathematics and mathematical statistics. Interesting in teaching since his teenage years, he completed his Diploma in Education then worked in public and private schools before moving overseas to continue teaching and learning mathematics in 2008. He has enjoyed working with students in international schools in the United Arab Emirates and Austria.

  • Zappatini, Alessandra

    Nursery 1 Educator
    Kindergarten

    Alessandra was born in a small town in northern Italy, near Lake Maggiore, but soon after secondary school, she moved to Cambridge (UK) to work as an au-pair. Alessandra then moved back to Turin, where she specialised in teaching English to early learners, and worked as an educator in a bilingual kindergarten. In 2014 she relocated to Cork, Ireland and completed her bachelor’s degree programme in Early Years and Childhood Studies at University College Cork.
    Alessandra has worked with infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and children with special educational needs. She has now settled in Leipzig with her fiancée and is absolutely delighted to be part of Leipzig International Kindergarten. Alessandra loves to crochet, be out in nature for a cycle or a jog and reads books to improve her German.