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 15 different countries and speak 13 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 335 school children and young adults are in the best hands of 33 teachers, 13 Erzieher*innen and two 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 child 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, Classroom Teacher 9a, German, English

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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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

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Andrew Ashdown

Educator in the “Sailors” Preschool Group

Maria Bergander

Educator in the “Firefighters” Kindergarten Group

Giel Brosens

Educator in the “Explorers” Nursery Group

Juliane Eigner

Juliane Eigner

Educator in the “Sailors” Preschool Group

Lindsey 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

Annett Bergander

Annett Hildenbrand

Educator in the “Rescue Rangers” Preschool Group

Lewin Hofer

Educator in the “Firefighters” Kindergarten Group

Annelie Krause

Educator in “Dragonflies” Nursery Group

Katharina Mizovski

Educator in the “Explorers” Nursery Group

Akilah Moxam

Educator in the “Explorers” Nursery Group

Michele Prudöhl

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

Ann-Cathrine Signetzki

Educator in the “Explorers” Nursery 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.

Whitney Morris-Lange

Head of school Co-Curricular Enrichment Program – Years 1 to 10
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Brianna Hecht

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

Simon Gaunt

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

Joana Kappes

Head of School Lessons – Years 5 and 6, Subject Teacher Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
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Robin Zeh

Robin Zeh

Head of School Lessons – Years 7 to 10, Subject Teacher Social Sciences (History, Political Education, Geography) and Ethics
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Lars Lüer

Deputy Head of Co-Curricular Enrichment Program – Years 1 to 10, Club Coordinator, Class Erzieher 4a
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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.

Dr. Stephanie Bachorz

Classroom Teacher 7b, German and English

Rebecca Bernhardt

Classroom Teacher 2a, German, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Patricia Collins

Subject Teacher Music and EAL (English as an Additional Language)

Kyle Daley

Classroom Teacher 6b, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, Social Sciences (History, Political Education, Geography)

Dr. Robert Dennhardt

Subject Teacher Ethics and WAT (Economy/Work/Technology)

Christoph Diekhaus

Subject Teacher German, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Daniela Dufft

Subject Teacher Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

André Galhardo

Subject Teacher Physical Education

Carla Gianatelli

Carla Gianatelli

Subject Teacher Spanish

Nicole Hinz

Classroom Teacher 6a, German and English

Daniel Howell

Subject Teacher English

Anne Johannsen

Anne Johannsen

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

Caroline Johansson Wübben

Subject Teacher Music, Social Sciences (History, Political Education, Geography) and EAL (English as an Additional Language)

Erman Jones

Erman Jones

Classroom Teacher 4b, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Annabelle Kemish

Annabelle Kemish

Subject Teacher Music

Inken Kölle-Bork

Certified Pedagogue, Child and Youth Psychotherapist, Counselling & Diagnostics, Child Protection Specialist

Pierre Lacasé

Pierre Lacasé

Class Erzieher 6a, Coordinator Substitution Erzieher*innen

Louise Lenssen

Classroom Teacher 8a, German, Ethics and Social Sciences (History, Political Education, Geography)

Shannon Leonard

Shannon Leonard

Subject Teacher Music

Annika Litschke

Class Erzieherin 2a

Anna McCrary

Subject Teacher Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Mathematics

Sylke Mouroum-Ebeler

Classroom Teacher 9a, German, Cofounder of Platanus Schule Berlin

Tatjana Nikolovska

Subject Teacher Deutsch and DaZ (German as a Second Language)

Rueben Okine

Class Erzieher 5b

Dennis Olbert

Voluntary Social Year

Amber Norris

Class Erzieherin 2b

Theresa Parr

Classroom Teacher 1a, German, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Sofia Passaro Lorenzo

Class Erzieherin 3a

Anne Pelzer

Anne Pelzer

Class Erzieherin 1b

Katharina Popiak

Class Erzieherin 5b

Sarah Qavi

Classroom Teacher 3a, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, Physical Education

Cristian Revestido

Class Erzieher 2a

Stefan Rubly

Stefan Rubly

Subject Teacher Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Amy Schäfer

Amy Schäfer

Subject Teacher English and Art

Dr. Jeremy Stahl

Dr. Jeremy Stahl

Classroom Teacher 10a, Social Sciences (History, Political Education, Geography)

Laura Sohre

Subject Teacher Art, English and Substitution

Mara Thomele

Mara Thomele

Subject Teacher German, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, Art

Lindsay Turner

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

Chester Veazie

Chester Veazie

Class Erzieher 5a

Livia Warrington

Erzieherin

Allison Weber

Class Erzieherin 4b

Nathalie Weidner

Class Erzieherin 3b, Coordinator Holiday Program

Ulrike Wernst

Classroom Teacher 7a, German and DaZ(German as a Second Language)

Stefanie Wieschalla

Classroom Teacher 2b, German, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Michael Whoyte

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

Nadin Prüske-Strutz

Nadin Prüske-Strutz

Public Relations

Luisa Junicke

Team Assistant School Office, Coordinator Substitution Teachers

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.

Antje Krause

Antje Krause

Housekeeping in Platanus Schule Berlin

Cordula Planitzer

Cordula Planitzer

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

Manfred Gehrke

Manfred Gehrke

Platanus Kindergarten Groundskeeper

Olaf Becker

Platanus Schule Caretaker and Groundskeeper