School Management

Jochen Flohn, Principal

Jochen Flohn has been head of the iDSB since August 2022. From Paris to Landau to Brussels - Mr Flohn came to the southern Palatinate metropolis of Landau in 2015 as deputy headmaster from the German School in Paris. There he was head of the Max Slevogt Gymnasium, an AbiBac school with a focus on music, art and foreign languages, especially French.

In addition to the natural sciences and mathematics that Mr Flohn teaches, interculturality, linguistic diversity and the musical and artistic offerings are particularly close to his heart.

Jörg Heinrichs, Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School

Since summer 2019 Jörg Heinrichs has been deputy headmaster at the iDSB and took over the provisional management of the school in the school years 2020/21 and 2021/22. 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.

Nicole Bordelais, Deputy Head / Pedagogical Quality Management

Nicole Bordelais has been working at the iDSB since 2016 as a foreign teaching assistant for the subjects German, History and French and has been the PQM officer and head of the steering group there since 2018. Since 2021, she has also been deputy head of school and is responsible for school development, among other things.

Petra van den Beukel, Head of Administration

Petra van den Beukel has been responsible for the areas of personnel and office services (including the canteen) in the administration since 2004. For more than eight years, initially as deputy head of administration, Ms van den Beukel has been in charge of our administrative business, initially as provisional manager for two years and now as Head of Administration. Before her stay in Brussels, Ms van den Beukel worked for many years in the marketing departments of various large companies in Frankfurt/Main. After 16 years at a school, she can identify very much with the words of A. Lindgren: " There is no age at which everything is experienced with such insane intensity as in childhood. We adults should remember what it was like." Mrs van den Beukel is supported by experienced staff in the departments of marketing, finance, personnel, secretarial offices in KiBi/GS and OS as well as school catering for bistro & canteen and building services.

Extended school management team

Dominik Haba, Head of Primary School

At the beginning of the school year 2022/23, Dominik Haba took over the management of our primary school Previously, Mr Haba held the position of Lower School Coordinator at the iDSB. After returning to the Baden-Württemberg state service in 2015 from teaching abroad (DS Kiev), he became deputy headmaster of a community school. At the beginning of the school year 2021/2022, he returned to the foreign school service and has since strengthened the school management of the iDSB. He also teaches German and geography. One of his concerns is strength-based teaching. This builds on abilities and addresses sensitivities - always with the aim of bringing out the best in everyone.

Emanuel Imfeld, Deputy Head of Primary School

Emanuel Imfeld has been working at the iDSB as deputy head of the elementary school since the summer of 2019. He teaches the subjects mathematics, German, general knowledge and sports. During his teaching activities at various elementary school in Switzerland, Germany and South Africa, as well as through his work as head of a bilingual Montessori daycare center, he was able to gain valuable experience and acquire new skills. He focuses on a learning-friendly climate that encourages children to learn independently and motivates teachers to create learning environments and accompany learning processes with joy and passion.

Ilke Westphal, Head of the bilingual pre-school

Ilke Westphal has been at the iDSB since September 2019. With competence and dedication, Ms Westphal looks after one of our toddler groups at the Bilingual Kindergarten with pre-school. In addition to her role as an educator, Ilke Westphal has held the position of Kindergarten Director since January 2021. The Hanoverian volunteered in London and Budapest and was able to gain her first experiences abroad. She can now use this experience in her daily work. Ms Westphal has another child at the iDSB. Her eldest has already successfully completed the Abitur at the iDSB.

Marion Montgomery, Deputy Head of the bilingual kindergarten with pre-school

Marion Montgomery has been at this school since spring 2006. In the past, kindergarten and preschool were separated. Mrs. Montgomery completed her teacher training in America, so that she takes over the English part in the kindergarten group. She has been the deputy director since June 2021. Mrs. Montgomery has two children, both of whom have passed through the iDSB from kindergarten to the Abitur.


Katharina Zettl, Coordinator Fachoberschule (FOS)

Katharina Zettl has been working at the iDSB since 2020. She teaches the subjects Business Administration, Economics, Economics and English and heads the Fachoberschule (FOS). Prior to this, she worked for nine years at a vocational school in Hamburg, where she was responsible for the vocational high school and the training preparation for immigrants as a full-time coordinator, language officer and DSD Pro examination officer. During longer stays abroad in the USA, Spain, South and Central America - among others at the German Ursuline School in Santiago de Chile - Mrs. Zettl's heart has been beating for the school service abroad and the work in a dynamic, motivating, international environment.

During her work with young migrants, Ms. Zettl has already been able to gain valuable intercultural experience as well as extensive knowledge in individualized learning. As a certified learning coach and yoga teacher, Ms. Zettl is happy to integrate elements of learning coaching, yoga and mindfulness into her classes.

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.

Rolf Linse, Coodinator for Years 7-9

Rolf Linse has been working at the iDSB since 2020. He teaches German and French here and is head of the Middle School. Prior to this, he gained experience at general and vocational high schools in Germany and at the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) in California. In recent years, Mr. Linse worked at the Wirtemberg Gymnasium in Stuttgart, an elite school of sports and soccer that enables young top athletes to combine school and sports. There he was responsible in particular for the school medical service and the India exchange, and was also involved as a liaison teacher and staff council.

It is a special concern of Mr. Linse to see the students as the center of his work, not his subjects, and to help them to grow up to be responsible, tolerant and cosmopolitan people and to find their own way in life. As a convinced European, he is particularly pleased to be able to pursue this task now in the heart of Europe.

Robert Macleod, Coordinator for Years 5 & 6

Robert Macleod has been an English teacher in both the iDSB's Grundschule and Oberschule since 2018. He taught previously in the Ontario public school system in Canada and at a bilingual school in Frankfurt Germany. He has an avid interest in school development throughout his 13 years in education.Mr. Macleod aims to be adaptive and offer an experience in his classroom where students are challenged appropriate to their level and appreciated for who they are.

Coordination Extracurricular Activities

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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