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 17 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.

At the moment, 18 Erzieher*innen care for 108 Kindergarten children. Our 334 school children and young adults are in the best hands of 34 teachers, 15 Erzieher*innen and three volunteers completing their 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.

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 young son in Pankow.

 

Sabine Schoenermark

Sabine Schoenermark

Finances

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.

Sylke Mouroum-Ebeler

Education and Classroom Teacher 8a, German

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 Schönermark 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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Wilja Richter

Wilja Richter

Deputy Head of Kindergarten at Benjamin-Vogelsdorff-Straße 1, Educator “The Internationals”
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Theresa Ebert

Theresa Ebert

Deputy Head of Kindergarten at Kissingenstr.,
Educator in the “Explorers” Nursery Group

Andrew Ashdown

Educator in the “Sailors” Preschool Group

Maria Bergander

Educator in the “Firefighters” Kindergarten Group

Juliane Eigner

Juliane Eigner

Educator in the “Sailors” Preschool Group

Lindsay Evans

Educator in the “Internationals” Kindergarten Group

Gwendolyn Farrow

Educator in “Dragonflies” Nursery Group

Nadia Froese

Educator in the “Rescue Rangers” Preschool Group

Maximilian Hayner

Educator in the “Internationals” Kindergarten Group

Grit Henrichmann

Grit Henrichmann

Educator in the “Explorers” Nursery Group

Annett Bergander

Annett Hildenbrand

Educator in the “Rescue Rangers” Preschool Group

Annelie Krause

Educator in “Dragonflies” Nursery Group

Akilah Moxam

Educator in the “Explorers” Nursery Group

Ian Porter

Ian Porter

Educator in the “Firefighters” Kindergarten Group

Lars Reichstein

Educator in the “Explorers” and “Dragon Flies” Nursery Group

Alice Richings

Educator in the “Dragonflies” Nursery Group

Zoia Grüning

Head of Primary and Secondary School
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Whitney Morris-Lange

Head of Co-Curricular Enrichment Primary and Secondary School
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Simon Gaunt

Simon Gaunt

Team Leader Teachers 3-4; Classroom Teacher 4b; English, Science and Social Studies
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Robin Zeh

Robin Zeh

Team Leader Teachers 5-10; History, Political Education, Geography and Ethics
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Lars Lüer

Deputy Head in Absence of the Co-Curricular Enrichment Program, Class Erzieher 3a
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Dr. Stephanie Bachorz

Classroom Teacher 6b, English and German

Rebecca Bernhardt

Team Teaching German

Ita Connell

Classroom Teacher 1a; English, Science and Social Sciences, Physics and Elective Course Robotics

Kyle Daley

Classroom Teacher 5b, English and Social Sciences

Fine Diehn

Volontary Social Year

Christoph Diekhaus

Classroom Teacher 4a; German, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Dr. Robert Dennhardt

Classroom Teacher 10a, Ethics and WAT (Economy/Work/Technology)

Daniela Dufft

Mathematics, Physics and Elective Course Robotics

André Galhardo

Physical Education

Carla Gianatelli

Carla Gianatelli

Spanish

Brianna Hecht

Art

Nicole Hinz

Classroom Teacher 5a, German and English

Mette Jakobsen

Class Erzieherin 3b

Anne Johannsen

Anne Johannsen

Classroom Teacher 3a, German and Mathematics

Caroline Johansson Wübben

English as an Additional Language (EAL), Elective Course Music

Erman Jones

Erman Jones

Classroom Teacher 3b; English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Joana Kappes

Joana Kappes

Natural Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry)

Annabelle Kemish

Annabelle Kemish

Music

Pierre Lacasé

Pierre Lacasé

Class Erzieher 5a

Shannon Leonard

Shannon Leonard

Music

Louise Lenssen

Classroom Teacher 7a, German, Ehtics and Political Education

Annika Litschke

Class Erzieherin 1a

Sandra Lück

German

Anna McCrary

Class Erzieherin 6b, Chemistry

Sylke Mouroum-Ebeler

Classroom Teacher 8a, German, Cofounder of Platanus Schule Berlin

Tatjana Nikolovska

DaZ (German as a Second Language)

Dennis Olbert

Volontary Social Year

Amber Norris

Class Erzieherin 1b

Sofia Passaro Lorenzo

Class Erzieherin 6a

Anne Pelzer

Anne Pelzer

Class Erzieherin 4a

Katharina Popiak

Class Erzieherin 5b

Sarah Qavi

Classroom Teacher 2a; English, Science and Social Studies, Physical Education, Elective Course Coding

Cristian Revestido

Class Erzieher 2a

Stefan Rubly

Stefan Rubly

Mathematics and Chemistry

Amy Schäfer

Amy Schäfer

English

Clara Schirmacher

Volontary Social Year

Dr. Jeremy Stahl

Dr. Jeremy Stahl

Social Studies, History and Geography

Mara Thomele

Mara Thomele

Mathematics, German and Art

Lindsay Turner

Classroom Teacher 2b; English, Science and Social Studies

Chester Veazie

Chester Veazie

Erzieher

Livia Warrington

Class Erzieherin 4b

Nathalie Weidner

Class Erzieherin 2b

Ulrike Wernst

Class Teacher 6a, German

Stefanie Wieschalla

Classroom Teacher 1b; German, Mathematics and Elective Course Spanish

Michael Whoyte

Michael Woythe

Classroom Teacher 9a, Physical Education

Anja Thieme

Anja Thieme

Assistant to the Managing Director

Silke Ameti

Silke Ameti

School Secretary

Nadin Prüske-Strutz

Nadin Prüske-Strutz

Public Relations

Luisa Junicke

Team Assistant School Office

Antje Krause

Antje Krause

Housekeeping in Platanus Schule Berlin

Cordula Planitzer

Cordula Planitzer

Housekeeping in the Platanus Kindergarten, Benjamin-Vogelsdorff-Str. 1

Regina Scholz

Regina Scholz

Housekeeping in the Platanus Kindergarten, Kissingenstr. 48

Henry Stamm

Henry Stamm

House Technician in Platanus Kindergarten

Manfred Gehrke

Manfred Gehrke

Platanus Kindergarten Groundskeeper

Olaf Becker

Platanus Schule Caretaker and Groundskeeper