The school employs close to 90 staff with a variety of national backgrounds, most of whom are full-time and have previous experience in national and/or international schools. ISHR has a Director and a Managing Director in charge of business operations, who are appointed by the GmbH. The administration includes a Head of Section each for the Lower Primary (Early Years-1st Grade), Upper Primary, and Secondary levels, a Site Manager and administrative staff. In the belief that the quality of the school is directly related to the quality of the faculty, ISHR strives to engage and nurture energetic and professional growth orientated teachers who are caring and compassionate.
Master of Educational Leadership in International Education, University of Bath, UK; Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Nottingham, UK; Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Applied and Environmental Geology, University of Birmingham, UK
Rachel serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH), as well as being a member of the Board of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and served on the Board for the Center for The Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) and the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Center for Civil and Human Rights. She has led workshops on International Mindedness with Faculty and Staff in schools and locations all over the world as well as having consulted for aspiring IB schools that wish to enhance their international programs. As a Principals Training Center (PTC) instructor Rachel values deeply the role that professional growth has on building reflective schools that embody leadership for learning.
Rachel has led and worked on teams accrediting schools for the Council of International Schools and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as for AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Rachel joined ISHR from Atlanta International School in the USA and previously lived and taught in England and in Malaysia.
Diplom-Betriebswirt in European Finance and Accounting at University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany; Bachelor (Hons) at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Stephan Handwerker started to work as Managing Director for ISHR in August 2012. Before joining ISHR he was MD of the German Branch of Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Cruise Ship Company. In previous employments he gathered experience in leading positions at companies in the water damage restoration and the automotive supplier business.
Ph.D. Education (specializing in K-12 Educational Leadership), Walden University, USA; M. Phil., Walden University, USA; M. Ed., College of New Jersey, USA; B. Eng. (Electronics), Bangalore University, India
JJ was recently the Chief Technology Mentor and Director of Information Technology at the American School of Bucharest.
He brings a wealth of experience with 32 years in international education, of which over 25 years were in leadership roles. He is an accomplished leader in the Education Industry and the developer of several technology-based systems, including a recently launched learning management system. JJ is a FLL & FTC robotics coach/judge and an inspirer of other learners young and old. He has performed in bands since 1974 and plays guitar, drums, flute, percussion, and also loves to sing. His other interests include photography, sound engineering, sport, and travel. JJ is deeply committed to service learning and is a passionate supporter of service and action initiatives.
PGCE, University of Leeds, UK; National Professional Qualification for Headship, National College of School Leadership, UK; BA Hons., Sheffield Metropolitan University, UK
Paul joined ISHR in 2009 from Beacon Community College (Science and Sport Specialist College) in the UK where he worked as Deputy Principal with direct responsibility for Science and the 6th Form Centre. There, he established the Sixth Form Centre for up to 500 students on a separate school site. Prior to working at Beacon Community College, Paul was Deputy Head of Costessey High School, Norwich, UK.
In his years of being a teacher and school leader Paul has acquired a wide range of school management experience at senior level. He has also been involved in setting up an Independent Kindergarten and School in Norfolk, UK. Throughout his career Paul has been known for his holistic approach to teaching, his focus is always on student welfare and achievement.
Away from school Paul’s interests range from running, hiking, travelling with his vintage VW camper van, growing his own organic vegetables, and collecting fossils on England’s beaches.
Master in Educational Leadership, Southern Cross University, Australia; Bachelor in Primary Education, Griffith University, Australia
Duncan joins ISHR from the American School of Guangzhou (ASG) where he served as the Elementary School Assistant Principal. ASG's primary school has its own campus with over 500 students in the primary school alone. Before that, he was the Assistant Principal at Lindisfarne College in New South Wales, a school of 1,100 students. Duncan is an exhibited and award winning photographer and enjoys outdoor pursuits, particularly surfing, rugby, cricket, swimming, and cross-country.
Master in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Bank Street College, New York, USA
Annette was recently the Head of School of Alt School Dogpatch in San Francisco, and was formerly Head of School at the Berlin Bilingual School. A New York native who is fluent in English, German, and French, Annette has taught, led and travelled all over the world. Annette has extensive experience with the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood education. She also ran a small business for women’s development in Bangkok and founded an art program in Uzbekistan.
Master in English Literature, Open University, UK; PGCE English, Birmingham University, UK; Bachelor in English Language and Literature, Lancaster University, UK
Jake Lowe began teaching at ISHR in 2006 after having taught for four years at a secondary school in the West Midlands (UK). After working for 6 years as co-Head of English A, Jake took up the post of Deputy Head of Secondary in 2012. He previously taught English A1 and A2 and currently teaches both English Literature and English Language and Literature in the Diploma Programme and supports self-taught Literature students. Jake has been a Diploma Tutor for the past nine years and is one of the coaches for the Varsity Boys football team.