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.

Jörg Heinrichs, Deputy principal

Since summer 2019 Jörg Heinrichs has been deputy headmaster at the iDSB. He teaches English, History and Geography and has gained experience in various school systems, including European Schools in Great Britain and Brussels. Most recently, he was Head of Department and Deputy principal in Freiburg.
At the European schools he was involved in the development of bilingual curricula for geography and history and is still working as an external history expert for the EU schools.

For Mr Heinrichs, the question of how best to prepare our students for their future life in a changing world is essential. Therefore, school development is his central concern.

Annette Keller, 2nd Deputy principal (organizational issues)

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.

Constanze Schwarzer, Head of Primary School

At the beginning of the school year 2019/20 Constanze Schwarzer took over the management of our primary school with the subjects German and Ethics.
Since 2015 she was a member of the school management in a school centre in NRW, before she moved to Brussels. She learned how to organize the school in a time of gymnasiums full of refugees and gained enriching intercultural experiences. Since then she has seen multilingualism and heterogeneous learning groups as an opportunity for a lively school that lives and conveys European values.
The primary school of the iDSB offers its pupils excellent opportunities for a cosmopolitan and multilingual education with language and learning studios as well as a demanding full-day programme. Constanze Schwarzer sees her task at the iDSB as continuing this work with a committed team and taking the next steps.

Emanuel Imfeld, Deputy Head of Primary School

Frauke Kaminski, Head of the bilingual pre-school

Frauke Kaminski has been the head of our Bilingual Preschool since summer 2018. She was born and raised in the beautiful Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg. She can now look back on 25 years of pedagogical and managerial professional experience in Germany and abroad. In her work, she enthusiastically experiences and shapes cultural diversity in order to contribute to the goal of peaceful coexistence. In a globalised world, multilingual education is becoming increasingly important.

"It is our wish to open the children's eyes to the world - to make them strong for life is our task".
Maria Montessori

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.

Thomas Leitheiser, Coordinator Upper Classes (10-12)

Thomas Leitheiser has been working at iDSB since 2019. He teaches German and English and is coordinator of the classes 10-12.

Previously, he worked at three different grammar schools in North Rhine-Westphalia and at the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) in California, USA. In recent years, he has gained organizational experience in the field in which he is now employed at the iDSB: As an Upper School Coordinator at the GISSV and subsequently as Head of the Bilingual Branch and the International Baccalaureate (IB) at the Lessing-Gymnasium in Cologne.

Mr. Leitheiser is happy to work as part of the iDSB family in the heart of Europe and to be involved in the education of young people to become committed Europeans.

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.

Anne-Kathrin Albl, coordination extracurricular activities

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 

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