Our Team

At Platanus Schule Berlin, we are proud to have created a place where people from all over the world meet. Our employees come from 12 different countries and speak 15 different languages in total. Since the challenges at a bilingual school are greater than normal and our colleagues are above-average competent and committed due to the diverse prerequisites and requirements, this is accompanied by a certain fluctuation. These people love change and challenges. In the modern world of work, it is timely and necessary to develop further through professional reorientation and relocation. The induction and integration of new colleagues into our team is a very important part of our work, which we increasingly appreciate. For us, newcomers mean professional input and new ideas. We admire and respect the different CVs, educational qualifications and competencies. For us, school as a place of lifelong learning means learning from and with one another as a team. We respect and admire the different and invaluable life experiences, educational qualifications and skills that each member contributes to our school. Being such a place also means that we learn from and work with one another as a team.

We are aware and have been working for 13 years of our school’s existence that a common understanding of education, genuine cooperation and good collaboration in a multi-professional team is a continuous process of negotiation and further development, both in the general principles and in the details of practical implementation. We are proud of the new paths we have taken, the experiences we have had and the results we have achieved as a result, and we exchange ideas with other schools about this.

At the moment, 28 Erzieher*innen care for 129 Kindergarten children. Our 460 school children and young adults are in the best hands of 51 teachers, 16 Erzieher*innen, a school psychologist, a school social worker, an integration educator and one volunteer completing her social year. Platanus owes its success to their commitment and pedagogical talent.

Would you like to work at Platanus? Then have a look at our current job openings.

Fotograf: Falk Weiß

Kristin Wendorf

Managing Director

Kristin Wendorf is one of the directors of Platanus Bildungs gGmbH, and is primarily responsible for the kindergarten. After completing her Abitur at the 3. Gymnasium Berlin-Treptow in 1992, she undertook studies in Education at the Humboldt University. In connection with her studies, she spent many months in Central America in order to learn Spanish. Due to her work as an individual caseworker with the Jugendamt Pankow during her studies as well as the decision from the state of Berlin to privatise social work and family help with private agencies, a decision was made in 1999, together with her school friend Sabine Schoenermark, to found the the family assistance agency ‘lara.berlin’. In 2003, the first lara.kita was opened on Hermann-Hesse Straße and was followed in 2009 with the opening of the first bilingual lara.kita on Schulstraße in Berlin, Pankow. Here, along with Sylke Mouroum-Ebeler and her language school, she developed a concept for early years bilingual education. In 2009, she and her partners founded the Platanus Bildungs gGmbH. Kristin Wendorf lives with her partner in Prenzlauer Berg.

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Dr. Karen Krüger

Managing Director

Karen Krüger is one of the directors of Platanus Bildungs gGmbH, and is primarily responsible for the Primary and Secondary School. Following her Abitur, which she completed in 1992 at the 3. Gymnasium Berlin-Treptow, Karen Krüger spent many months in Indonesia in order to gain experience overseas as well as to learn the language. Following this, she studied Psychology at the Humboldt University with a focus on occupational, industrial and organisational psychology. She spent a semester abroad in New York at City College and also used her summer to undertake an internship in Human Resources at the New York University. After her studies, Frau Krüger moved to Stuttgart and worked there for almost 10 years in research and development for Daimler AG along with short stages in marketing and design. During this time she also completed her doctorate with a theme of engineering psychology. She moved back to Berlin in 2009 in order to found the Platanus Bildungs gGmbH with her friends Kristin Wendorf and Sabine Schoenermark. She lives with her husband and child in Pankow.

Sabine Schoenermark

Sabine Schoenermark

Finances and Real Estate

Sabine Schoenermark is the commercial manager and is responsible for the area of finance. She completed her Abitur in 1992 at the 3. Gymnasium Berlin-Treptow. From early on, she placed a high value on personal and financial independence. During her studies in Education at the Humboldt University Berlin, which she completed in 1999, Sabine Schoenermark was working as a social worker for the Jugendamt Pankow. Before and during her studies, she also lived in London on multiple occasions. In 1999 she founded the family assistance agency ‘lara.berlin’ with her school friend Kristin Wendorf. Due to the constant growth of the company, to which now many kindergartens belong, she shifted the focus of her area of responsibility to management and financial planning. In 2009 she founded the Platanus Bildungs gGmbH along with her partners. Sabine Schoenermark lives with her husband and three daughters in Pankow.

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Sylke Mouroum-Ebeler

Education, German, DaZ (German as Second Language), English, EAL (English as an Additional Language), WAT (Economy/Work/Technology)

Sylke Mouroum–Ebeler has pedagogical and conceptual responsibility for the organisation. After completing her Abitur at the „Geschwister Scholl“ school in Bernau, she began her teacher training in 1979 in German and English at the Humboldt University. She started working in 1983 at the Grete-Walter-Schule in Berlin-Weißensee. Her ideas for an open minded approach to English teaching were unfortunately not fully realised there and in May 1990, she founded her own language school, ‘Sprachcenter Mouroum’. Her son and daughter were born in 1990 and 1992 respectively. Inspired by her children, the idea arose to develop a concept for early years English learning. Among her customers were Kristin Wendorf and Sabine Schoenermark and it was from this business relationship that the idea came to found a bilingual kindergarten and school. Frau Mouroum-Ebeler lives with her husband and dog in Wandlitz. Her children are now grown up and speak multiple languages.

Susanne Hofer

Susanne Hofer

Head of Platanus Kindergarten
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Annett Bergander

Annett Hildenbrand

Deputy Head of Kindergarten at Benjamin-Vogelsdorff-Straße 1, Educator in the “Astronauts” Kindergarten Group
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Simona Pistis

Deputy Head of Kindergarten at Kissingenstraße 48, Educator in the “Painters” Nursery Group
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Unser Erzieher im Platanus Kindergarten

Kwame Agyei

Educator in the “Explorers” Kindergarten Group

Juliane Eigner

Juliane Eigner

Educator in the “Detectives” Preschool Group

Maximilian Hayner

Educator in the “Bookworms” Kindergarten Group

Erzieherin im KindergartenFalk Weiß

Amelie Lachere

Educator in the “Explorers” Kindergarten Group

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Bonita Löwe

Educator in the “Painters” Nursery Group

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Marie Knorr

Early Childhood Education Studies, Educator in the “Explorers” Kindergarten Group

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Shwetha Kodihalli Ramakrishna

Educator in the “Smarties” Preschool Group

Unsere Erzieherin im Platanus Kindergarten

Jona Castaneda Maywald

Educator in the “Globetrotters” Nursery Group

Unsere Erzieherin im Platanus Kindergarten

Alice Otto

Educator in the “Smarties” Preschool Group

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Mara Schade

Early Childhood Education Studies, Educator in the “Bookworms” Nursery group

Unsere Erzieherin Kindergarten

Irene Scorcelletti

Educator in the “Bookworms” Kindergarten Group

Ann-Catherine SignetzkiFalk Weiss, Weiß Falk

Ann-Cathrine Signetzki

Educator in the “Globetrotters” Nursery Group

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Hilda Veláscez Celiz

Educator in the “Dragonflies” Preschool Group

Our school leadership team – Together we are strong!

The change in values in today’s society and the advancing modernization of the working world require a rethinking towards agile leadership concepts. According to our systemic understanding of leadership, we have redesigned the leadership structure of our school. Through shared responsibility, flat hierarchies, versatile competences and experience as well as mutual support, we work together with the students and colleagues closely, efficiently and trustingly.

In the following section, we will introduce ourselves with our clearly defined areas of responsibility.

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Brianna Sejnoha

Head of School Lessons – Years 1 and 2, Subject Teacher Art, Head of Art Department 1-10
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Simon Gaunt

Simon Gaunt

Head of School Lessons – Years 3 and 4, Subject Teacher English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies
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Joana Kappes

Joana Kappes

Head of School Lessons – Years 5 to 7, Subject Teacher Natural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Head of Sciences Department 5-10
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Robin Zeh

Robin Zeh

Head of School Lessons – Years 8 to 10, Subject Teacher Social Sciences, History, Political Education, Geography, Ethics Head of Social Sciences Department
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Lars Lüer

Head of School Co-Curricular Enrichment Program – Years 1 to 10, Club Coordinator
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Dr. Rueben Okine

Deputy Head of School Co-Curricular Enrichment Program – Years 1 to 10, Class Erzieher 6a
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Our pedagogical team – Cooperation on an equal footing!

The joint and equal cooperation of educators and teachers is particularly important to us. In the primary school from grade 1 to 6, class leadership teams consisting of class teacher and class educator share the responsibility for the pupils. In addition, there are many different tasks, topics, projects and events in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities throughout the day and in all classes, which are organised and carried out together and on par with each other.

In the following you will get to know our pedagogical team.

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Dr. Stephanie Bachorz

Classroom Teacher 8b, German, English

Portraits unseres Lehrers JoelFalk Weiß

Joel Barrett

Subject Teacher Physical Education, Head of Sport Department 1-10

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Katherine Barry

Classroom Teacher 10a, Natural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

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Rebecca Bernhardt

Class Teacher 1a, German, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies

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Jesse Clark

lassroom Teacher 9b, English, EAL (English as an Additional Language), Social Science, History, Geography, Political Education

Romy ClaussFalk Weiß

Romy Clauß

Classroom Teacher 6a, German, DaZ (German as a Second Language)

Falk Weiss

Kyle Daley

Subject Teacher English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies, Social Sciences, History

Alice de MontFalk Weiß

Alice De Mont

Subject Teacher Art

Christoph Diekhaus

Classroom Teacher 3b, German, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies, Natural Sciences

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Anastasia Dobler

Subject Teacher German, DaZ (German as a Second Language)

Portrait unseres Lehrers JonathanFalk Weiß

Jonathan Down

Class Teacher 7a, Mathematics

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Aiden Earley

Classroom Teacher 7b, Natural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Lindsey EvansFalk Weiß

Lindsey Evans

Classroom Teacher 3a, English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies

Unsere Vertretunglehrerin SonjaFalk Weiß

Sonja Goll

Support-Teacher Music, German, English

Portrait unserer Lehrerin MarlaFalk Weiß

Marla Hansen

Subject Teacher Music

Unsere Erzieherin AlexandraFalk Weiß

Alexandra Johnson

Class Erzieherin 1a

Erman Jones

Erman Jones

Classroom Teacher 5a, English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies

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Christopher Kaminski

Subject Teacher Physical Education

Portrait unserer Lehrerin ZarahFalk Weiß

Zarah Kedenburg

Support-Teacher German, English

Inken Kölle-BorgFalk Weiss, Weiß Falk

Inken Kölle-Bork

Child and Youth Psychotherapist (VT), Counselling & Diagnostics, Child Protection Specialist

Falk Weiß

Pierre Lacasé

Class Erzieher 3b, Coordinator Substitution and Timetable

Portrait unseres Erziehers RenoFalk Weiß

Reno Landschulz

Class Erzieher 1b, Nature Educator

Louise Lenssen

Class Teacher 5b, German, Social Sciences, Political Education, Ethics, Head of German Department 7-10

Megan LeongFalk Weiss, Weiß Falk

Megan Leong

Classroom Teacher 6b, Natural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, SENCO

Annika Litschke

Class Erzieher 5a

Rachel McCaulleyFalk Weiss, Weiß Falk

Rachel McCaulley

Erzieherin, Support-Teacher Art

Manuel MeyerFalk Weiss, Weiß Falk

Manuel Meyer

Classroom Teacher 4b, German, Physical Education, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies

Bryanne MinellaFalk Weiß

Bryanne Minnella

Subject Teacher Music, Head of Music Department 1-10

Portrait eines LehrersFalk Weiß

Cristino Molina Ott

Subject Teacher Spanish, English, EAL (English as an Additional Language)

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Sylke Mouroum-Ebeler

Subject Teacher German, DaZ (German as a Second Language), English, EAL (English as an Additional Language), WAT (Economy/Work/Technology), Cofounder of Platanus Schule Berlin

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Alicia Navarro

Subject Teacher Spanish

Portrait des ErziehersFalk Weiß

Alistair Nicholson

Class Erzieher 4a

Theresa EbertFalk Weiss, Weiß Falk

Theresa Parr

Classroom Teacher 4a, German, English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies, Head of English Department 1-6

Anne Pelzer

Anne Pelzer

Class Erzieherin 4b, Inclusion Specialist

Portraits unseres Lehrers MatthewFalk Weiß

Matthew Perlmutter

Subject Teacher Mathematics, Natural Sciences

Portrait der LehrerinFalk Weiss

Sarah Qavi

Classroom Teacher 2a, English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies, Physical Education, Head of Science and Social Studies Department 1-4

Portrait des ErziehersFalk Weiß

Michael Quattlebaum

Class Erzieher 2b

Ray RabeFalk Weiß

Ray Rabe

Integrative learning therapist, Support for Dyscalculia and Dyslexia

Unser Erzieher ChristianFalk Weiß

Christian Reuter

Support-Teacher WAT (Economy/Work/Technology)

Portrait der MitarbeiterinFalk Weiß

Jana Richter

School Social Worker

Portrait unseres Lehrers NeemaFalk Weiß

Neema Sahebi

Class Teacher 10b, Social Science, History, Political Education, Ethics

Portrait einer LehrerinFalk Weiss

Amy Schäfer

Subject Teacher English, Art

Portrait des LehrersFalk Weiß

Quirin Schnack

Classroom Teacher 8a, German, DaZ (German as a Second Language)

Dr. Jeremy Stahl

Dr. Jeremy Stahl

Subject Teacher Social Sciences, History, Geography

Portrait unseres Lehrers ThomasFalk Weiß

Thomas Thieben

Subject Teacher Social Science, Ethics, History, Philosophy

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Timo Twachtmann

Support-Teacher Physical Education, History, Social Sciences

Portrait der LehrerinFalk Weiß

Linn Udich

Class Teacher 2b, German, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies, Head of German Department 1-6

Unsere Lehrerin Laura

Laura Underdown

Subject Teacher German, English

Falk Weiß

Neslihan Üzdiyen

Class Erzieherin 3a

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Lindsay Turner

Subject Teacher English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies, Art

Alexander UlyetFalk Weiß

Alexander Ulyet

Class Teacher 9a, English, EAL (English as an Additional Language), Head of English Department 7-10

Chester Veazie

Chester Veazie

Class Erzieher 6b

Weiß Falk

Livia Warrington

Class Erzieherin 5b

Allison WeberFalk Weiss, Weiß Falk

Allison Weber

Erzieherin, Specialist for children’s rights

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Nathalie Weidner

Class Erzieherin 2a, Coordinator Holiday Program

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Ulrike Wernst

Subject Teacher German, DaZ (German as a Second Language)

Stefanie Wieschalla

Classroom Teacher 1b, German, English, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies

Portrait unseres SportlehrersFalk Weiss

Michael Woythe

Subject Teacher Physical Education

We create the framework!

For all administrative and organizational processes and questions, we are available to our students, colleagues, parents, business partners and interested parties.

Anja Thieme

Anja Thieme

Assistant to the Managing Directors

Silke Ameti

Silke Ameti

School Secretary, Admission Primary & Secondary School 

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Miriam Schwalenberg

School Secretary, Coordinator Substitution and Timetable

Luisa Junicke

Administration Finances & Human Resources, Coordinator Substitution and Timetable

Nadin Prüske-Strutz

Nadin Prüske-Strutz

Public Relations, Admission Primary & Secondary School 

Nothing works without us!

We prepare meals, go shopping, keep things clean and tidy, repair, build, work, garden, have everything in view and always have a friendly word on our lips.

Portrait unser Kollegin

Antje Krause

Housekeeping in Platanus Schule Berlin

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Antje Krause Kopieren

Housekeeping in Platanus Schule Berlin

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Olaf Becker

Platanus School Caretaker

Unser Hausmeister FranciscoFalk Weiß

Francisco Cabello

Platanus School Caretaker

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Marc Gericke

Platanus Kindergarten Caretaker