Bettina Biste, Principal
Bettina Biste started in August 2017 as the principal of the iDSB und teaches German. Before that, she was principal of the "Berufliche Schule Uferstraße", Hamburg and worked as a lecturer at Hamburg university and Volkshochschule Bad Oldesloe.
Frau Biste aims at supporting the self-development of her students and at highlighting the importance of European values.
Annette Keller, Deputy principal
Annette Keller has been working as a local teacher at the International German School of Brussels since 2005 and teaches economics, law, social science, ICT, and history. Before that, she had gained teaching experience and advanced training at the European Schools I, II, and III, as well as at the Goethe Institute in Brussels. As a member of the school management, her main focus is on scheduling and stand-in planning. One of her main challenges lies in finding a perfect blend of educational objectives and the organizational requirements of a modern full-day school with its diverse range of programs that are adapted to the needs of its pupils.
Oliver Gunter, Head of the primary school
Before moving to the International German School of Brussels, Oliver Gunter worked as a rector at the Heidelberg International Comprehensive School for ten years. He was responsible for the conceptual and spatial development at the primary level. Oliver’s daily motivation is in sustaining a competent school and teaching structure that is aimed at inspiring the children to learn. Oliver Gunter has been living in Belgium together with his wife and two children since August 2014.
Thomas Grosse, Administrative director
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the civil engineer joined the service force of the State of Saxony-Anhalt. He has lived in Brussels since 1992 and has worked for different institutions – including the Federal Foreign Office – as a political advisor. Between 2002 and 2004, his stay in Brussels was interrupted after he was appointed the spokesman of the Mitteldeutsche MedienFörderung in Leipzig. In autumn of 2011, he ended his civil service career and became the administrative director at the International German School of Brussels. In the management team, Thomas Grosse is particularly responsible for various administrative processes, strategic issues on marketing, and the supervision of new construction plans. He is in his second marriage, has four children and two grandkids.
Dr. Elke Hennig, Coordinator Upper Classes (10-12)
As a mathematician, Elke Hennig worked for a major American bank in derivatives trading for ten years before joining the school in 2006. She mainly teaches mathematics and economics in secondary school. Her goal is to bring our pupils closer to the usefulness of mathematics and spark their interest in solving mathematical problems.
Armin Kunz, Coodinator for Years 7-9
Armin Kunz grew up in Berlin where he studied physics and history. After his first teaching experiences he moved from Berlin to Hamburg and worked on a Seconday School in the south of the city. He has been at the iDSB since 2013 and tries to demonstrate that science and humanities do not exclude each other. Since August 2017 he has been taking care of the interests of class 7 – 9.
Heike Meyer-Baumgartl, Coordinator for Years 5 & 6
Mrs. Heike Meyer-Baumgartl has been working at the International German School of Brussels for many years. With her many years of pedagogic experience, she coordinates the elementary level, is responsible for the transition from elementary to secondary school, and oversees the implementation of the “rhythmic everyday school life” in classes 5 and 6.
Monica Falger, Head of Fachoberschule
Monica Falger came to the iDSB in September 2017 from a vocational school in Koblenz. She teaches the subjects Pedagogy, Social Studies, Economics and Economics. As head of the Fachoberschule it is important for her to combine theory and practice in the two areas of social work and economics and administration and to ensure intensive preparation for the Fachabitur in the small classes of the FOS.
Karoline Kocher, Head of REALschule
Mrs. Karoline Kocher has been working at the International German School of Brussels since 2015. Before that, she worked as a secondary school teacher in Cologne for more than 15 years. She teaches chemistry, natural sciences, art, and performing arts/theater. She took over management of the REALschule at the beginning of 2017 and currently also coordinates the final examinations in the REALschule.
Julia Bohl, Deputy head of the primary school
Julia Bohl joined the International German School of Brussels in the 2016/17 school year. After completing her studies in Karlsruhe (bilingual Europe-based teaching post with a focus on mathematics, English, and science) and her traineeship, she worked for two years at the Sharjah German School where she gained her first experience in a foreign school. Afterwards, she taught at a large primary school in Altensteig (Northern Black Forest). Before moving to Brussels, she had spent two years at the German International School New York where she was the class teacher of classes 1 and 2.
Maria Fatelnig-Winter, Head of the bilingual pre-school
Belgium has been her second home for sixteen years. As a state-certified nursery school teacher, she was able to gather 20 years of professional experience in different institutions. Since 2012, she heads the bilingual pre-school at the International German School in Brussels. Her main focus is on early music education, language development, and creativity programs. She has advanced the conceptual development of the bilingual pre-school since taking up her leadership role. For Maria Fatelnig-Winter, a democratic and respectful approach is crucial for successful coexistence.
Dr. Tajana Griessmann-Gehrt, Psychological-pedagogical service
Tajana Griessmann-Gehrt has been living in Brussels since 2010. After completing her studies in psychology, Tajana Griessmann-Gehrt pursued a doctorate in development and pedagogic psychology and also trained as a systemic family therapist. At the school, she offers psychological counseling for pupils, families, and staff. She also practices as a psychotherapist in her own practice.
Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 09:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
+32.2.785 01 45
Anne-Kathrin Albl, Full-day coordinator
Anne-Kathrin Albl is responsible for full-day programs in the elementary and secondary schools. She also works as a social pedagogue in the psychological-pedagogical service and helps students in their school day. She gained several years of experience working in a therapy center of SOS children’s villages in Austria and also worked as a consultant for UNICEF in Indonesia. She has been living in Brussels since 2008 and has been working at the International German School of Brussels since then
+32.2.785 01 45
Johannes Wießner, coordination extracurricular activities
Johannes Wießner has been working at the iDSB since September 2016 and has been living in Brussels since 2015. He is responsible for the coordination of all-day offers in primary and secondary school and supports the students in their everyday school life. After completing his master's degree in social sciences in Berlin and New York, he worked for the educational organization Teach First Germany for three years in schools in a challenging environment. In his work, he attaches great importance to strength orientation and fair treatment at eye level so that pupils can grow into self-responsible and responsible people.