German International School Toronto Faculty & Staff

MEET OUR FACULTY

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  • Mark Benkelmann

    PRINCIPAL

    Mark studied at Ulm University and the Teacher’s College in Freiburg. He teaches Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Mark loves to travel and is a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. You can reach him at: principal@gistonline.ca.

  • Daniela Buderus

    TEACHER

    University Frankfurt am Main German, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, German as a Second Language Daniela loves to teach all subjects. daniela.buderus@gistonline.ca

  • Brigitte Bartels-Hafner

    TEACHER - OCT

    Brigitte holds an M.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. She teaches English, German, Mathematics, Ethics and German as a Second Language. Brigitte has been working at the GIST since 2002. You can reach her at: brigitte.bartelshafner@gistonline.ca.

  • Vanessa Gelhaar

    ADMINISTRATION & MARKETING ASSISTANT

    Vanessa studied Environmental Management at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus. She moved from Berlin to Toronto in February 2017 to immerse herself in a new international metropolis. You can reach her at: vanessa.gelhaar@gistonline.ca.

  • Eva Hruskova

    KINDERGARTEN TEACHER - RECE

    Eva studied at George Brown College in Toronto and at the Comenius University in Bratislava. She enjoys reading, listening to music, watching documentaries and walking. You can reach her at: eva.hruskova@gistonline.ca.

  • Adrienne Hubbard

    TEACHER - OCT

    Adrienne studied at Trent University (B.A.) and at Lakehead University (B.Ed.). She teaches English, Music, English as a second language and she is our expert for Special Education. Adrienne enjoys traveling, back-country camping, and kickboxing. You can reach her at: adrienne.hubbard@gistonline.ca.

  • Sabrinah Hülsmann

    HEAD OF KINDERGARTEN

    Sabrina studied at the Franz-von-Assisi Schule in Osnabrück. She enjoys spending time outside in beautiful High Park and taking pictures of all its animal residents, stargazing through her telescope and spending time with her family. You can reach her at: sabrina.hulsmann@gistonline.ca.

  • Christina Kalamba

    TEACHER

    Christina studies the the Pädagogische Hochschule Chemnitz in Germany. She teaches Visual Arts and Ethics. Christina is very interested in science, news, nature walks and sports. You can reach her at: christina.kalamba@gistonline.ca.

  • Christine Pollich

    TEACHER

    Christine went to the "Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg" and studied Mathematics and Biology for Grades 5 to 8. Christine moved to Toronto in 2013. She loves teaching, playing tennis, and living in Canada. You can reach her at: christine.pollich@gistonline.ca.

  • Kristina Ruban

    TEACHER

    Kristina studies at the Teacher College in Celle (Germany) and at the University of Brunswick. She teaches English, German, French at the GIST. Kristina enjoys crafts, sewing, restoring old furniture, literature, yoga and spending time with her family. You can reach her at: kristina.ruban@gistonline.ca.

  • Claudia Scarlett

    TEACHER

    Claudia studies at the University Lüneburg in Germany. She teaches German, Mathematics in Grades 1-4. Claudia enjoys reading books, dancing, being outside and exploring the nature and spending time with her children. You can reach her at: claudia.scarlett@gistonline.ca.

  • Lydia Schröder

    EARLY MORNING & AFTERCARE SUPERVISOR

    Lydia studied at the University of Toronto. She loves travelling, reading, going for walks in all temperatures, back country camping and solving Sudokus in the subway. You can reach her at: lydia.schroeder@gistonline.ca.

  • Relanah M. Sharif

    TEACHER - OCT

    RWTH Aachen, Charles Sturt University - Burlington Campus German, Math, Science, Ethics, Biology, German Phonetics Relanah enjoys travel, languages, dancing, theatre, cooking & family. relanah.sharif@gistonline.ca

  • Antonia Takacs

    BUSINESS MANAGER / VERWALTUNGSLEITERIN

    Antonia studied Business Administration, Culture, Leisure and Sports Management at the Heilbronn University in Germany. She very much enjoys travelling, baking, sports and spending time outside in the beautiful Beaches neighbourhood in Toronto. You can reach her at: antonia.takacs@gistonline.ca.

  • Patricia Maria von der Heide

    ACCOUNTING & DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

    Patricia studied Business Administration at the FHDW in Bielefeld. Patricia and her husband moved to Canada in October 2015. She really enjoys living and working in Toronto as well as the trips she already took and will take to explore Canada. You can reach her at: patriciamaria. vonderheide@gistonline.ca.

  • Manfred von Vulte

    VICE PRINCIPAL - OCT

    Manfred holds a B.A., B.ED., M.A. from York University in Toronto. He teaches English, Geography, History, Social Studies and I.T.. Manfred enjoys museums, comic books, and spending time with his family. You can reach him at: manfred.vonvulte@gistonline.ca.

  • Jeannine Wilson

    KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

    Jeannine studied at Guelph University. She enjoys reading, travelling, and her dog Ellie. You can reach her at: jeannine.wilson@gistonline.ca.