Meet the Leadership Team

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.

Our Leadership Team

Rachel Hovington, Director

EDUCATION

Rachel holds a Masters in Educational Leadership in International Education from the University of Bath, UK, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from The University of Nottingham, UK and a Bachelors of Science Degree (Hons.) in Applied and Environmental Geology from the University of Birmingham, UK.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Rachel serves as a member 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.HR from Atlanta International School in the USA and previously lived and taught in England and in Malaysia.

 

Stephan Handwerker, Managing Director

EDUCATION

Diplom-Betriebswirt in European Finance and Accounting at University of Applied Sciences Bremen (Germany) and BA (Hons) at Leeds Metropolitan University (Great Britain)  

BIOGRAPHY 

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.

Johnson K. Jacob, Head of Technology and Innovation

EDUCATION

Currently pursuing PhD in Educational Leadership. 

BIOGRAPHY 

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.

Paul Becker-Hounslow, Head of Secondary School

EDUCATION

Ba Hons., Sheffield Metropolitan University, UK; PGCE., University of Leeds, UK; NPQH, National College of School Leadership, UK 

BIOGRAPHY 

Paul Becker-Hounslow started as a Geography teacher at ISHR in 2009. In his 23 years of being a teacher he has acquired a wide range of school management experience at a senior level. Prior to beginning work at ISHR he worked as a Deputy Principal at Beacon Community College in the United Kingdom. The schools he has worked at range in size from 1,000 to 1,800 students.

Tony Pearson, Head of Primary School

EDUCATION

B.Ed (Hons.) Newcastle University, Education, History, Divinity, UK 

BIOGRAPHY 

Tony Pearson started at ISHR in 2003 as Head of Primary. Before that he taught in England, Canada and Colombia. He was Primary Head at The American Community School, Hillingdon and Southbank International School both in England. Before moving to Hannover he was chair of The London International Schools Association (LISA) Primary Heads and he is presently an active member of The Association of German International Schools (AGIS) Primary Heads.

Annette Bauer, Head of Lower Primary School (Nursery - Grade 1)

EDUCATION

Masters of Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York. 

BIOGRAPHY 

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. 

Jacob Lowe, Deputy Head of Secondary School

EDUCATION

BA English Language and Literature, Lancaster University, UK; PGCE English, Birmingham University, UK; MA English Literature, Open University, UK 

BIOGRAPHY 

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.