Silke Friedrich studied Social and Business Communication at Berlin University of the Arts. She has been the committed and passionate Executive Director of Berlin Metropolitan School since 2007. In this position, she has played a major role in shaping the school’s development in recent years. As the spokeswoman for BMS, she is also responsible for the structural expansion of the school in the fields of governance and curriculum. Her aim is to establish BMS as a leading educational institute over the long-term and to set new standards for a modern, values-based education. In addition to strategic development and quality management, the topic of internal and external communication is also one of her key areas of responsibility.
Gillian Evans has been teaching in early years education for 11 years and has been a member of the BMS teaching community since 2009.She is passionate about and committed to providing a caring and developmentally fitting educational experience to our youngest learners. Gillian has gained both curriculum and team leadership experience during her 10 years at BMS.
Martina Sangiorgio has been teaching in IB schools in both the US and Germany for 12 years. She is passionate about being part of an inclusive and globally minded educational setting. She joined the BMS community in 2011, working in the ELC. Martina also brings a professional qualification in social management to the ELC leadership role.
Jenny O’Fee has more than 16 years of experience in international education, particularly in bilingual schools. She is an expert for the Primary School area and has gained valuable experience as a former Head of Primary School. At BMS, she strengthens our Leadership Team as Principal Primary School. Her area of interest is the optimum use of technologies in the classroom to effectively support the learning process and teaching methods.
Paul Churchill joins BMS with over 2 decades of experience as an international educator and leader, having honed his skills at numerous IB World Schools throughout Europe. He is passionate about empowering students and teachers to benefit from the IB Philosophy of education and fostering a sense of critical reflection and creative innovation in the classroom. Paul is passionate about creating a holistic culture of learning, where students are supported in both their academic success and character development throughout their Secondary education. Prior to joining BMS, Paul was the Vice Principal at the International School of Paris for 8 years and a IB DP teacher of History.
Lina began as the After School Director at BMS in August 2019. After her educational studies, she collected professional experience in a variety of schools and daycare centers. Along the way, Lina was able to continue her professional development, focusing on international and bilingual schools. Here she was able to gain leadership experience in different coordinator and management roles. Lina looks forward to integrating these skills into our afternoon program, in order to create an interesting and fulfilling program together with our educators, that allow for a caring and open learning environment to unfold outside of the classroom. In doing so, it is important to Lina to build a trusting bond between educators, students, and parents, in which the individual passion and optimal support for each and every student is at the forefront. The further design and expansion of the after school program is for her a unique opportunity to introduce our students to new themes and topics, to discover hidden talents, as well as to model a deep sense of team spirit across all ages and grade levels.
Toni Goll has been working for Berlin Metropolitan School since February 2007. Trained as a banking specialist, he was responsible for credit commitments in the professional real estate business of a major European bank, has experience as a corporate finance controller, and has managed the commercial transactions of major investment activities on behalf of companies. Toni Goll is head of finance and administration for the school and is also responsible for the infrastructural development of the school grounds and facilities.
Before joining BMS, Justine Otte previously spent 8 years at Frankfurt International School, where she honed her leadership skills as a team leader and curriculum coordinator during her tenure. Justine also brings with her over a decade of teaching experience, specializing in upper primary education and language arts. As Vice Principal of the Primary School, Justine is committed to empowering both teachers and students to benefit fully from a strong culture of teaching and learning.
Tim Stroh has over 16 years of international teaching and leadership experience in schools throughout Europe. He has previously worked as the PYP Coordinator at BMS and has a strong interest in curriculum development, technology in education and concept based teaching and learning. As Vice Principal of Upper Primary, Tim is committed to developing agency in students and fostering learning connections that go beyond the classroom walls.
Dirk Itter has over 19 years experiences in IT, having spent professional experience in IT sales and support structures. In 2006, Dirk switched to the hotel industry, where he was able to hone his management skills as an IT manager. Later Dirk took over a leadership position, where he was responsible for the entire IT processes in many high-end European hotels. Beginning in 2018, Dirk assumed the position as IT director at BMS with the goal of recognizing both the potential of technology and to connect this potential with sensible and obtainable learning content. Teachers as well as students should profit from a secure and modern working environment and to learn a thoughtful and self-confident approach to technology.