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Leadership Team

Silke Friedrich, Executive Director
Silke Friedrich, Executive Director

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.

silke.friedrichmetropolitanschoolcom

Gillian Evans, Early Learning Center Coordinator
Gillian Evans, Early Learning Center Coordinator

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.

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Martina Sangiorgio, Early Learning Center Coordinator
Martina Sangiorgio, Early Learning Center Coordinator

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.

martina.sangiorgiometropolitanschoolcom

Jenny O´Fee, Primary School Principal
Jenny O´Fee, Primary School Principal

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.

jenny.ofeemetropolitanschoolcom

Justine Otte, Vice Principal Lower Primary School
Justine Otte, Vice Principal Lower Primary School

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.

justine.ottemetropolitanschoolcom

Tim Stroh, Vice Principal Upper Primary School
Tim Stroh, Vice Principal Upper Primary School

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.

tim.strohmetropolitanschoolcom

Jacob Christensen, CCEP Coordinator
Jacob Christensen, CCEP Coordinator

jacob.christensen@metropolitanschool.com

Antje Couball, CCEP Coordinator
Antje Couball, CCEP Coordinator

Antje Couball is a state approved social worker with a degree in the discipline that she earned in Neubrandenburg in 2009. During her study period, she interned in Hungary and Canada. Antje has vast work experience in social projects. She has worked for a Womens' Center and was involved in a Children's Housing Project both on national and international levels. Antje joined the CCEP team at BMS in 2011. She has been the CCEP Coordinator since 2013. Her final thesis focused on the implementation of the restorative justice method of family group conference within the youth welfare and youth justice system. Hence Antje's vision is that BMS embraces the restorative school principle wholly.

antje.couballmetropolitanschoolcom

Samantha Hearn, Secondary School Principal
Samantha Hearn, Secondary School Principal

Samantha Hearn has twenty years of experience in education, throughout which she has supported students, families, and staff. She is passionate about nurturing young people throughout their educational journey and believes that by establishing accessible networks of support, we encourage them to reach their full potential. As a committed advocate of student leadership, Samantha believes it is vital to provide young people with opportunities to express their views and positively influence their communities.

samantha.hearnmetropolitanschoolcom

Mandy Watson, Vice Principal, Teaching & Learning
Mandy Watson, Vice Principal, Teaching & Learning

Amanda Watson joins BMS in her 20th year of international school teaching including IB World schools in Europe and Vietnam. She is passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning having previously held the lead positions of Head of Science, Curriculum Coordinator and Teaching & Learning Coordinator. Amanda is excited to share her enthusiasm with our dedicated team of Secondary teachers and to support all BMS stakeholders in learning more about our program content and delivery. Aligned with her teaching and learning expertise, Amanda actively seeks to provide opportunities for students and teachers to learn more about neuroscience and how the brain learns.

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Alexander Erk, Academic Dean
Alexander Erk, Academic Dean

Alexander Erk assists in the development, alignment and implementation of our Secondary School curriculum programs, bringing with him over 17 years experience in education. Passionate about bilingual learning, Alex has worked extensively with the IBDP and German Abitur. With former roles as deputy director and principal in international schools, Alex looks forward to bringing his expertise and experience to BMS as he takes on the role of Academic Dean.

alexander.erkmetropolitanschoolcom

Toni Goll, Business Director
Toni Goll, Business Director

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.

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Dirk Itter, IT Director
Dirk Itter, IT Director

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.

dirk.ittermetropolitanschoolcom

Vivian Leone, Head of Human Resources
Vivian Leone, Head of Human Resources

Vivian Leone leads our Human Resources at BMS and brings with her over 7 years experience in managing and supporting the needs of staff, faculty and organizational work structures as a whole. After joining BMS in 2017, Vivian has lead the development of HR services which cultivates a strong connection between staff and management and supports their joint growth by offering collaboration opportunities, advice, guidance, mediation, and a safe space for exchange.

vivian.leonemetropolitanschoolcom