GISC Important Dates


April:

14-21 – Spring Break/ Osterferien (No School)

May:

23 – Staff Development Day (No School)

26 – Memorial Day (No School)

28-29 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

June:

20 – Last Day of School

Faculty and Staff

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.