GISC Important Dates

August:

23 – Welcome Back to School Party

25 – Erster Schultag /First Day of School

September:

7 – Labor Day (No School)

12 – German Day Parade

 

Faculty and Staff

Welcome to GISC Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff.

Christoph Abt
Director
Herr Christoph Abt - Director

Christoph Abt comes from Oberursel, near Frankfurt am Main. 1986, 1. Staatsexamen Deutsch, Englisch und Erziehungswissenschaften Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main; 1988, 2. Staatsexamen Lehramt an Gymnasien, Land Hessen. Christoph specializes in two fields of education: Internatspaedagogik with previous positions at two leading boarding schools in Germany: Hermann-Lietz-Schule Schloss Bieberstein and Landheim Schondorf am Ammersee and in Auslandsschulwesen, where he was charge of Deutsches Sprachdiplom I +II at Deutsche Hoehere Privatschule, Windhoek, Namibia, as well as Head of English at Deutsche Botschaftsschule Peking, Beijing, China. Prior to his engagement at GISC he was the Deputy Principal at Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, Cape Town, South Africa.

Petra Obritzberger
Assistant Director
Frau Petra Obritzberger

Petra Obritzberger hails from Austria. – 2000, Dipl.-Päd. and  Teacher Certification (English, Geography, Economics), Pädagogische Akademie der Erzdiözese Wien. 2008, Teacher Certification for Michigan (Language Arts, Mathematics, German). 2007, Training as a Rescue Diver. – 2000-2007, Teacher in Middle School (5. – 8. Klasse) in Wien. 2007-2009, Teacher for German (Grade 1), German Language Center, Bloomfield Hills ,MI. 2009 – 2010, Teacher (Grades 2-4), The International School, Farmington Hills, MI. 2009-2011, Teacher (Grade 3), Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor, MI. 2003-2007, Tour Guide for groups of Austrian students to Great Britain, Malta, Slowenia. Languages: German, English

Michelle Ernst, PhD

Director of Extracurricular Programs

Michelle Ernst grew up in Missouri. – Ph. D., 2001 (Developmental Psychology, Statistics), Loyola University, Chicago, IL. 1998, M.A. (Developmental Psychology), Loyola University, Chicago, IL. 1993, B. A. (Psychology) University of Missouri at Columbia, Columbia, MO. – 2009-2012, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall, Center for Children at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. 2001-2009 Senior Research Scientist, National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago (NORC). 2003-2009, Instructor of Research Methodology, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, Chicago, IL. 1999-2000, Instructor of Statistic, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Susanne Brendl
Administrator
Frau Susanne Brendl

Susanne Brendl comes from Paderborn. – 1987, Certificate in Business Administration (Staatl. Geprüfter Wirtschaftsassistent-Industrie),  Hochschulseminare Ludwigshafen. 1992, MBA, St. John’s University, New York. – 1987-1990, Marketing Research Analyst, BASF AG, Ludwigshafen/Mannheim. 1992-1995,  Associate Fund Accountant, Deutsche Bank Securities Corporation, New York. – 2003-2007, Trustee, German Division, École Internationale à Fontainbleau, France. Languages: German, English, French

Sonja Manhart
Administrator
Frau Sonja Manhart

Sonja Manhart grew up in Kanton St. Gallen. – 1986, Certificate of Proficiency in English, English Language Institute, Dublin. 1983,Diplom in Business (Handelsdiplom), Kantonschule Sargans, Kanton St. Gallen. – 1996-2014, Administrator, Schweizerisches Generalkonsulat, Chicago, IL. 1992-96, Administrator, Schweizerisches Generalkonsulat, Johannesburg, South Africa. – 1991-92, Administrative Intern (Konsulardienstanwärterin), Schweizerisches Generalkonsulat, Marseille, France. 1990-91, Administrative Intern (Konsulardienstanwärterin), Eidgenössisches Departement für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Bern. 1986-90, Secretary (Sekretärin), Prime Computer (Schweiz) AG, Zürich. 1983-85, Secretary (Sekretärin) Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs- und Rentenanstalt, Zürich. Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

Preschool Faculty

Daniela Abram
Frau Daniela Abram

Daniela Abram comes from a small town called Obernkirchen, which is located near Hanover in Niedersachsen, Germany; 2006: Erweiterter Realschulabschluss in Obernkirchen (High School Diploma); 2007: Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr im ev. Allianzhaus in Bad Blankenburg, Germany (voluntary social year); 2007-2009: Fachoberschule Ernährung/Hauswirtschaft Stadthagen, Germany; 2009-2010: Au Pair in Chicago for 2 children ages 4 and 9, USA; 2010-2011: diverse internships in event companies, Germany; 2014: Bachelor in Social work Fachhochschule Hildesheim, Germany (social worker) including a study semester in Helsinki, Finland; 2014-2015: Projekt HUSKY Obernkirchen, Germany (social work with adolescents with behavioural problems); Languages: German, English
Anna Brooks
Frau Anna Brooks
Anna Brooks was born and raised in Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia. – 2014, M.Ed (Master in Elementary Education), Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2011, AAB (Associate of Arts in Business), University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona; 2009, BSB/MKT (Bachelor of Science in Business with concentration in Marketing), University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona. – 2006-2011, Telephone Operator and Administrative Assistant at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chicago, IL. – May-October 2002, Volunteer at Lombadina Aboriginal Community, Western Australia. – February-April 2002, Farm Hand and Nanny for Family Markey in New South Wales, Australia. Languages: German, English, French
Stephanie Drexel
Frau Stephanie Drexel
Stephanie Drexel comes from a small village named Vorderhornbach, this is located in Austria/Tyrol. 2013-2015 Education as Kindergarten Pedagogue, Bildungsanstalt für Kindergartenpädagogik, BAKIP8, Vienna/Tyrol. 2012-2013 Nursery School Assistant, Eltern-Kind-Zentrum, Reutte/Tyrol. 2008-2012 worked as Receptionist and Accouting Clerk at different Companies and Hotels in Tyrol. 2005-2008 Apprentice Ship as Office Clerk, Koch Media GmbH, renowned media agency, Höfen/Tyrol. Languages: German, English. Since August 2015 at GISC
Nelia Janik
Frau Nelia Janik
Nelia Janik comes from Bonn. -2013-Present, Course Work in Art and Education, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. 2005-2007, Course Work (French, Art), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. 2008-2010, Studies in Interior Design, Harrington College of Design, Chicago, IL. – 2002-2008, Interpreter for English, German, Spanish and Italian for several international Organisations. Since 2003, music performances, recordings and Song Writer in Latin American and Popmusic in Germany and USA; Singer with various bands and orchestras in Chicago. 2008-2011, German Teacher, Language Stars, Chicago, IL, Inlingua, Chicago, IL. Languages: German, English, Spanish, Italian. Teaching Subjects: Art, Music.

Nathalie Kohlhaas
Frau Nathalie Kohlhaas

Nathalie Kohlhaas hails from Berlin, but grew up as a diplomat’s child in Instanbul, Ankara, and Moskow. – 2011 State Certified Preschool Teacher (Staatlich geprüfte Erzieherin), Fachschule für Sozialpädagogik, Pestalozzi-Fröbel Haus, Berlin. – 2011-2014, Preschool Teacher, Kinderladen Karl und Karla e.V., Berlin. Internship inWroclaw, Polen: 2010, ENTE Centrum Wspolpracy Europejskiej. Internships in Berlin: 2010, City-Initiative für Eltern- und Kinderprojekte; 2009-10, JFE Gartenhaus an der Marie; 2008-09, S.O.S. Kinderdorf; 2009, Karl und Karla; 2008-09; 2007-08, KITA Elfenland.  Languages: German, English, French, Turkish. Since 2014 at GISC. Teaching Subject: Social Sciences.

Danica Polanski
Frau Danica Polanski

Danica Polanski comes from Hamburg. – 2014, M.A. (Bilingual-Bicultural Education), DePaul University, Chicago, IL; 2011, B.A. and  Illinois Teaching Certificate for K-9 , Concordia University, River Forest, IL . – 2006-2011, Nanny for children ages 7 months to 12 years  including several children with learning difficulties (ADS, ADHS, autism)for several families in the Chicago area. Languages: German, English. Since 2011 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: German, Mathematics.

Karola Trockenbrodt
Frau Karola Trockenbrodt

Karola Trockenbrodt grew up in Aschaffenburg. – 1997, State Certified Nurse (Staatlich Geprüfte Krankenschwester), Regierung von Unterfranken, Würzburg, Bayern. – 2013-14, Caregiver, Best In-Home Services Inc., Northbrook, IL. 2012-2013, Nurse at Neurology/Neurosurgery Critical Care Unit, Klinikum Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg. 1997-2012, Nurse at Neurology Ward, Klinikum Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg. Languages: German, English. Teaching Subject: Natural Sciences.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Faculty

Cornelia Babbitt
Cornelia Babbitt
Cornelia Babbitt hails from Ohio. 1977, Artistic Diplom in Cello (Künstlerische Reifeprüfung in Cello), Prof. Andre Navarra, Musikhochschule Detmold, Detmold. 1975, State Certified Music Teacher (StMP) (Staalich Geprüfte Musiklehrerin), Musikhochschule Detmold, Detmold. – 1977-Present, Cellist with various orchestras and ensembles: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Substitute), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Substitute), Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Piano Trio, Concertante di Chicago, CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Orion Chamber Ensemble, Kammerorchester Tibor Varga, Orchester des Südwestdeutschen Rundfunks, Orchester des Bavaria Film Studios, Ensemble International des Huits Violoncellistes. Accompanying orchestra for: Ray Charles, Julio Iglesias, Earth, Wind, and Fire. Languages: English, German. Since 2014 at GISC. Teaching Subject: Music.

Laura Eddelbüttel
Frau Laura Eddelbüttel

Laura Eddelbüttel hails from Hamburg. – 2013, M.A. (German Studies), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. 2011, Studies in Media, Art and Communication, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI. 2010, B.A. (Art, Music, Media), Philipps-Universität, Marburg. – 2011-2013, Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. 2008-2012, Assistant to Arts Manager in the Communication Department, Hypo Vereinsbank, Hamburg. 2009, TV Editor, Fernsehmacher, Hamburg. 2007, TV Editor, MTV Media, Helsinki (Finland). Languages: German, English, Finnish, French. Since 2013 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: Mathematics, Social Sciences/History.

Mike Helfmann
Herr Mike Helfmann

Mike Helfmann hails from Bielefeld. – 2009, Teaching Certificate for English as a Second Language (ESL, K-12), Texas State Board for Educator Certification Standard, Austin, TX. 2005, Teaching Certificate for Special Education (K-12), Texas State Board for Educator Certification Standard, Austin,TX. 2002, B. A. (Psychology), St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX. –  2011-2012, German Teacher, Language Stars, Washington, DC. 2004-2010, Teacher for Disadvantaged Students (elementary & middle School), Leander Independent School District, Cedar Park, TX. 2003-2004, Teaching Assistant for Disadvantaged Students, Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX. 2000-2002, Teaching Assistant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX..2000-2002, Teaching Assistant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX. 1994-1999, Early Childhood Special Intervention Specialist, Austin Travis County MHMR. 1992-1993,  Integrationspecialist for children with disabilities, Montessori Kinderhaus, Bielefeld. Languages: Deutsch, English. Since 2012 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: English, Natural Sciences.
Nelia Janik
Frau Nelia Janik
Nelia Janik comes from Bonn. – 2005-2007, Course Work (French, Art), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. 2008-2010, Studies in Interior Design, Harrington College of Design, Chicago, IL. – 2002-2008, Interpreter for English, German, Spanish and Italian for several international Organisations. Since 2003, music performances, recordings and Song Writer in Latin American and Popmusic in Germany and USA; Singer with various bands and orchestras in Chicago. 2008-2011, German Teacher, Language Stars, Chicago, IL, Inlingua, Chicago, IL. Languages: German, English, Spanish, Italian. Since 2011 at GISC. Teaching Subject: Art.

Katharina Koch
Frau Katharina Koch Staley

Katharina Koch grew up in Mannheim and Augsburg. – 2013, Illinois Professional Educator License for English and German, Grades 6-12.  2011, Second Teaching Certificate for English and German at Secondary Schools, Grades 5-12 (Zweites Staatsexamen für die Laufbahn des Höheren Schuldienstes an Gymnasien), Baden-Württemberg, Ministerium für Kultus, Jugend und Sport. 2009, First Teaching Certificate for English and German at Secondary Schools Grades 5-12 ( Erstes Staatsexamen), Albert-Ludwig-Universität, Freiburg. 2008, M. A. (European Comparative Literary Studies), University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. – 2013-14, German Teacher (Grades 6-8), Community School Unit District 200, Woodstock, IL. 2012-13, Financial Aid Advisor, Career Education Cooperation, Schaumburg, IL. 2010-11, Instructor for ESL and German Grades 5-12, Peter-Petersen-Gymnasium, Mannheim. 2009, German Language and Culture Instructor, English Opens Doors, Santiago, Chile. Languages: German, English, Spanish. Since 2014 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: English, Social Sciences/History.
Petra Obritzberger
Frau Petra Obritzberger
Petra Obritzberger hails from Austria. – 2008, Teacher Certification for Michigan (Language Arts, Mathematics, German). 2000, Dipl.-Päd. and  Teacher Certification (English, Geography, Economics), Pädagogische Akademie der Erzdözese Wien.  2009-2011, Teacher, Grade 3, Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor, MI.   2009–2010, Teacher, Grades 2-4, The International School, Farmington Hills, MI. 2007-2009, Teacher for German, Grade 1, German Language Center, Bloomfield Hills, MI. 2000-2007, Teacher in Middle School, Grades 5 – 8, Wien.  2003-2007, Tour Guide for groups of Austrian students to Great Britain, Malta, Slowenia.- 2007, Training as a Rescue Diver. Languages: German, English. Since 2011 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: German, Sport.
Anna Roettinger
Frau Anna Röttinger
Anna Röttinger comes from Duisburg near Duesseldorf. 2004, Zwischenprüfung in Deutsch, Lehramt an Gymnasien, Universität Duisburg.2010, Diplom in Psychologie, Universität Konstanz. Anna specializes in two fields of education: clinical psychology and industrial psycholoy. She started working in the area of Leadership Development and in her second job she worked as a Process Manager. Languages: German, English. Anna works in the Elementary School section of our school as well as in Aftercare Program.
Marianne Serex
Frau Marianne Serex
Marianne Serex comes from Kanton Thurgau in Switzerland. – 2012. Certificate of English Four-Course ESL Curriculum, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. 2000,  Diplome for Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Diplôme d’aptitude à l’enseignement du français langue étrangère), Ecole des Français Moderne, Université de Lausanne, Lausanne. 1998, Certificate in French Language, Litterature and Civilisation (Certificat de langue, de littérature et de civilisation françaises), Ecole de Français Moderne, Université de Lausanne, Lausanne. 1997, License for Dyscalculia- and Legasthenytherapy (Zusatzausbildung für Dyskalkulie- und Legasthenietherapie und Spezielle Förderung), Lehrerinnen- und Lehrerweiterbildung Kanton Luzern, Luzern. 1983, Certificat as Legastheny Therapist (Legasthenie-Therapeutin), Sanitäts- und Erziehungsdepartement des Kanton Thurgau, Frauenfeld. 1979-80, French Language Studies (Séjour linguistique), Université de la Sorbonne, Paris. 1975, Teaching Certificate for K-6 (Wählbarkeitszeugnis für Primarlehrer), Erziehungsdepartement des Kanton Thurgau. – 2006-11, Tutor for German as a second language, preschool-high school and adults, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne VD. 2000-06, Teacher for German as a second language, grades 5-9, Etablissement Scolaire de Savigny-Forel, Vaud. 1989-96, Teacher for special needs students (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia), grades 2-6, Primarschule Cham, Zug. 1975-81, Elementary School Teacher, grades 1-3, Primarschule Bischofszell, Thurgau. Languages: German, French, English. Teaching Subjects: French, German as a second language.

Before/After Care

Matthew Drahozal
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Matthew Drahozal grew up in Lawrence, KS. – 2014, B.A. (German), Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 2012, Study Abroad, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth.- 2014-Present, Cashier, Guest Service Representative, Barnes & Nobles, Evanston, IL. Languages: English, German. Since 2013 at GISC.

Anna Roettinger
Frau Anna Röttinger

 Anna Röttinger comes from Duisburg near Duesseldorf. 2004, Zwischenprüfung in Deutsch, Lehramt an Gymnasien, Universität Duisburg.2010, Diplom in Psychologie, Universität Konstanz. Anna specializes in two fields of education: clinical psychology and industrial psycholoy. She started working in the area of Leadership Development and in her second job she worked as a Process Manager. Languages: German, English. Anna works in the Elementary School section of our school as well as in Aftercare Program.