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Our Teachers

Enjoy working together
Staff enjoying school as much as students
Empower individual growth and interests
Teacher reading a book to young child about fingerprints - their interest and passion
Balance instruction, group projects and individual work
Teacher instructs in front of class - one of the many ways they teach skills and knowledge
Guide independent learning and inquiry
Teacher guiding independent learning and self-advocacy
Share talents, passions and enthusiasm
Students learn an instrument in class from early Primary School

BIS teachers love the buzz of the classroom and unlocking the potential in each of their students. Teaching can be challenging, but our teachers would not want to be anywhere else than the classroom.

As an International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) World School and the most experienced IB school in our region, BIS attracts motivated teachers who wish to continually grow as educators and innovators. Our teachers are highly-trained for their subjects, many with Masters or PhD degrees. 

Our teachers - hand selected for their experience and qualifications

Many are seen as educational thought leaders within the larger teaching community; they lead workshops, publish articles and train other teachers.

Our faculty engage in continuous professional development and embrace the idea of life-long learning for themselves as well as their students. 

How do our teachers describe themselves?

EIKE GERHARD, GRADE 5 TEACHER

 

Mr Eike (as he is known to his students) has taught a number of different grade levels in our Primary School. This year he has a class of Grade 5 students whom he is preparing for their end of year exhibition and move up into Secondary School.

In addition to his family, Eike loves going fast on his bike, science, anything notebooks and chocolate!  

Our Primary Teacher in active discussion with students

Eike Gerhard, Grade 5 Teacher

"One of the things I enjoy the most about teaching is that I get to spend so much time with my students, to hear their questions and ideas about the world. We often find ourselves knee deep in some philosophical exploration of the world in which I learn just as much as my students."

JULIE WIDDER, ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE SUPPORT TEACHER

Julie and her husband John have been at BIS since 2016. American in origin, they have taught at international schools around the world for many years, choosing this career so that their own children could experience the special advantages that come with an international perspective.

As a coordinator for our Model United Nations club, Julie models and develops this same perspective in her students.

 

Our English and English language support teacher, as well as Model United Nations leader

Julie Widder, English and Language Support Teacher

"My idea of success? When I have students participate in an Model United Nations conference late on a Friday night and they don’t want to leave because they say “This is the best Friday night ever!” 

CIJITH JACOB, MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

At BIS for more than 10 years, Cijith and his wife Geena, a Primary School teacher, are true BIS Dragons as are their two daughters.

Cijith is passionate about the International Baccalaureate Programmes and skills it promotes in students. He is equally passionate about music, as a teacher, pianist and conductor. While Cijith loves BIS, he admits to moving to Bonn just to live in Beethoven's home town.

Our Middle Years Curriculum Coordinator checking in with students during study period

Cijith Jacob, Middle Years Programme Coordinator

"Subject knowledge and understanding change over time, so the skills learned in school are of paramount importance. Self management, communication, social,  research skills and analytical skills need to be nurtured methodically from a young age."

SARAH PIERCE, CHEMISTRY AND SCIENCE TEACHER

 

Before joining BIS, Sarah taught in US middle and high schools. She also traveled quite a bit, with more than 25 different countries stamped in her passport.

While Sarah is most often seen in our Science labs brewing up experiments, she is also a talented writer and spends her free time writing fantasy fiction for young adults.

 

Our Chemistry and Science Teacher

Sarah Pierce, Chemistry and Science Teacher

"I chose to be a teacher because of the teachers I had who made an impact on me. I want to make that same impact on students. There’s nothing quite like seeing one of my students succeed. My proudest moments are when they go above and beyond my expectations."

LAURA TRAGERT, LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER

 

High energy and dedicated, Laura is both a teacher and coach at BIS. When not working with students to give them that extra confidence and attention, she can be found running, biking, or with the swim team.

Laura had experience in classrooms both in China and the United States before coming to Bonn with her family. 

Our Learning Support Teacher

Laura Tragert, Learning Support Teacher

"For me, teaching is like play. In the same way that play for a child is engaging, challenging and fun, teaching at BIS is play for me."

60+

Teachers Coach Sports or Lead Activities

60+
of our teachers coach a sport or lead an activity

 

Our faculty understands the importance of giving students opportunities to develop and express themselves outside of the classroom.

 

70%

of Staff Walk or Bike to Work

70%

of staff walk or bike to work

 

Our faculty models the healthy habits they work to instill in their students. Plus, Bonn is easy to navigate and many bike paths lead to school.

6.5

Years Average Faculty Length of Tenure

6,5 Years

average length of teacher tenure

 

Our faculty is a healthy mix of experienced teachers and those newer to the professional who bring new impulses into the classroom.

43

Advanced Degrees

43

advanced degrees

 

Almost half of all teachers hold Master's or other advanced degrees. While at BIS, all teachers engage in ongoing professional development to expand and refine their expertise.

25

Nationalities

25

nationalities

 

While not quite as diverse as our student body, our faculty comes from six continents and brings experience from teaching in schools in their home countries and many others around the world.

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