GISC Important Dates

June:

20 – Last Day of School

August:

27 – Erster Schultag/First Day of School

Faculty and Staff

GISC teachers at the 2013 GISC Spring Gala

The GISC teachers at the 2013 GISC Spring Gala.

Annegret Harnischfeger, PhD, Director

Annegret Harnischfeger, Dr. phil., 1971 (Psychology; Education, Criminal Law) Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel; 1967-71, Training in Psychotherapy, Institut für Psychotherapie, Berlin. – Professor (ret.), Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Prior positions in Education at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin, Deutscher Bildungsrat, Bonn, Germany. Her research includes teaching-learning processes, school administration, evaluation und resource allocation. She is a founding trustee of GISC.

Petra Obritzberger, Assistant Director and Teacher (Kindergarten/Elementary School)

Petra Obritzberger hails from Austria. – 2000, Dipl.-Päd. and Teacher Certification (English, Geography, Economics), Pädagogische Akademie der Erzdözese 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 (1st grade), German Language Center, Bloomfield Hills ,MI. 2009 – 2010, Teacher (2nd – 4th grade), The International School, Farmington Hills, MI. 2009-2011, Teacher (3rd grade), Deutsche Schule Ann Arbor, MI. 2003-2007, Tour Guide for groups of Austrian students to Great Britain, Malta, Slowenia. Languages: German, English. Since 2011 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: German, Mathematics, Social Sciences/History, Music.

Susanne Brendl, Administrator

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. Since 2010 at GISC.

Laura Eddelbüttel, Teacher (Elementary School)

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. – 2011-2113, 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: German, Mathematics, Social Sciences/History, Art.

Liza Goldstein, Teacher (Preschool)

Liza Goldstein moved to Düsseldorf from Latvia as a child. – 2009, Certificate as Preschool Teacher (Staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin), Berufskolleg Kaiserswerther Diakonie, Düsseldorf. – 2004-2007, Internships in Düsseldorf: Jüdischer Kindergarten, Eltern Ev. Lila VillaYitzhak Rabin Grundschule Düsseldorf, bilingualer katholischer Montessori Kindergarten, Everest. – 2008-2009, Preschool Teacher, Yitzhak-Rabin Grundschule, Düsseldorf. 2010, Preschool Teacher, Jüdischer Kindergarten, Düsseldorf. Languages: German, English, Russian. Since 2012 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: Social Sciences, Physical Education.

Mike Helfmann, Teacher (Kindergarten/Elementary School)

Mike Helfmann hails from Bielefeld. – 2002, B. A. (Psychology), St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX. 2005, Teaching Certificate for Special Education (K-12), Texas State Board for Educator Certification Standard, Austin,TX. 2009, Teaching Certificate for English as a Second Language (ESL, K-12), Texas State Board for Educator Certification Standard, Austin, TX. – 1992-1993, Integrationspecialist for children with disabilities, Montessori Kinderhaus, Bielefeld. 1994-1999, Early Childhood Special Intervention Specialist, Austin Travis County MHMR. 2000-2002, Teaching Assistant, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX. 2003-2004, Teaching Assistant for Disadvantaged Students, Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX. 2004-2010, Teacher for Disadvantaged Students (elementary & middle School), Leander Independent School District, Cedar Park, TX. 2011-2012, German Teacher, Language Stars, Washington, DC. Languages: Deutsch, English. Since 2012 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: English, Natural Sciences, Art.

Nelia Janik, Teacher (Preschool, Kindergarten/Elementary School)

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 Subjects: Art, Music.

Marijke Japs, Teacher (Kindergarten/Elementary School)

Marijke Japs hails from Dortmund. – 2009, First Teaching Certificate for High and Comprehensive Schools (Erstes Staatsexamen für die Laufbahn des Höheren Schuldienstes an Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen; English, French), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster. 2010, Teaching Certificate for Media in Education, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster. 2011, Second Teaching Certificate (Zweites Staatsexamen für die Laufbahn des Höheren Schuldienstes an Gymnasien), Baden-Württemberg, Ministerium für Kultus, Jugend und Sport, Stuttgart. 2011, Teaching Certificate for German as a Foreign Language, Staatliches Seminar für Didaktik und Lehrerbildung, Stuttgart. – 2006-2007, Teaching Assistant for German, Lycée de la Mare Carrée, Moissy-Cramayel, Frankreich. 2010-2011, Teacher, Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Böblingen. Languages: German, English, French. Since 2011 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: German, Mathematics, Social Sciences/History, Art.

Danica Polanski, Teacher (Preschool)

Danica Polanski comes from Hamburg. – 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.

Kathrin Piegeler, Teacher (Preschool)

Kathrin Piegeler grew up in Greifswald on the Baltic Sea. – 2001, Registered Nurse (Examinierte Krankenschwester), Klinikum der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald. 2005, Dipl. Pflegefachfrau, UniversitätsSpital Zürich. 2007, Certification in Anesthesia Care, UniversitätsSpital Zürich. 2009, Teacher for Students in Anesthesia Care, UniversitätsSpital Zürich. – 1997-1998, Social Service, Klinikum der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald. 2001-2002, Anesthesia Nurse, Klinikum Innenstadt der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. 2002-2011, Anesthesia Nurse and Dipl. Pflegefachfrau, UniversitätsSpital Zürich. Languages: German, English. Since 2011 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: Natural Sciences, Practical Life.

Kathrin Yüksel, Teacher (Preschool)

Kathrin Yüksel comes from Ulm. – 2005, Certificate as Preschool Teacher (Staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin), Katholische Fachschule für Sozialpädagogik Ulm (Baden-Württemberg). 2007-2009, Montessori Training, Montessori Akademie, Ulm and Internationale Akademie für Entwicklungs-Rehabilitation und Pädagogische Fortbildung, München. – 2001-2005, Internships at Kindergarten Auf der Wühre, Erbach, at Berufliche Schule für Sozialpädagogik, Ulm, and at Kindergarten Jahnstraße, Erbach. – 2005-2009, Preschool Teacher. 2009-2012, Preschool Teacher Lila Villa, Dellmensingen. Languages: German, English. Since 2013 at GISC. Teaching Subjects: Natural Sciences, Practical Life.

David Ben-Porat, Before/After Care Program

David Ben-Porat hails from Norwalk, CT. – 2005, Diplom-Instrumentalist (Trombone, Jazz, Pop), Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“, Berlin. – 2005-2009, Composer/Instrumentalist/Trombonist, Singer with various music groups and bands in Europe, Mousse T, Eva Be, James Kakande, Miss Platnum, Ohrbooten, Jazzanova. Since 2009, Leader/Composer/Singer with own group DBP, Trombonist/Member, Sidewalk Chalk, performances with Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Res, Brother Ali, pre-band for Company of Thieves, J DaVeY, Questlove of the Roots, Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, El DeBarge, arrangements for strings and brass for various artists. Languages: English, German, Spanish, Hebrew. Since 2009 at GISC. Responsible for Before and After School Program.