GISC Important Dates

April 2016
16th GISC Spring Gala
27th Open House for Parents
29th Staff Development Day

May 2016
27th Staff Development Day
30th Memorial Day

13th Grandparents Day
25th Fruehlingskonzert und Kunstschau (Spring Art- and Music Showcase)

June 2016
10-14th Parent-Teacher Conferences
17th Last Day of School

*Red = No School

 

Open House:
Day: Thursdays
10.00 am - 12.00 pm

April 14th 

Faculty and Staff

School Management Team

Petra Obritzberger
Acting Director
Petra Obritzberger - Assistant Director

Head of Kindergarten and Elementary School
Petra Obritzberger hails from Austria.
M.S. (Educational Supervision and Schoolbuilding Leadership; graduating in May 2017), Mercy College New York.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.At GISC since 2011.

Katharina Koch
Katharina Koch

Head of Academics
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. Teaching Subjects: English, Social Sciences/History.
Nathalie Kohlhaas
Nathalie Kohlhaas  
Co-Head of Pre-School
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.  Teaching Subject: Social Sciences.
 Danica Polanski
Danica Polanski
Co-Head of Pre-School
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. Teaching Subjects: German, Mathematics

Michelle Ernst, PhDMichelle Ernst

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, MO2009-2012, 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
Susanne Brend -l Administrator

Susanne Brendl comes from Paderborn1987, 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 AbramDaniela 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 BrooksAnna 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 DrexelStephanie Drexel
Stephanie Drexel comes from a small village named Vorderhornbach, which 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

 Karola TrockenbrodtKarola 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
1
977-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. Teaching Subject: Music.

Laura EddelbüttelLaura 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. Teaching Subjects: Mathematics, Social Sciences/History.

Mike HelfmannMike 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. Teaching Subjects: English, Natural Sciences.

Nelia JanikNelia Janik

 

Nelia Janik comes from Bonn.

2005-2007, Course Work (French, Art), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.
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 Subject: Art.

Shiva JonesShiva Jones

 

Shiva was born in Tehran, Iran, but grew up in Heidelberg.

2004-2008 Bachelor of Arts Degree in German Literature from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran/Tehran 2008-2010- Master of Arts degree in German with a focus on Translation Science from University of Tehran, Tehran/Iran; 2012-2014 Master of Arts degree in Germanic Studies a literature major with extensive teaching experience from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN  2013-Goethe Institute German for International Trade/Business German Certificate.
Translation major with extensive translating experience of official and unofficial texts in German, Persian/Farsi or English. President of the Purdue University German Culture Club. Graduate teaching instructor in German teaching basic level to 202 level. 015 Team leader of pupils between the age of 12 and 13 for “Dream Up” non profit organization..  Languages: German, Farsi, English, Kurdish

Anna RoettingerAnna Roettinger

 

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 psychology.

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 the Aftercare Program.

Marianne SerexMarianne 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.

Extra-Curricular Activities/After Care