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Leadership

Valérie Hardt, Head of School

Valérie Hardt, a native of North Rhine-Westphalia with German-Swiss roots, has been working at Phorms Berlin Süd since 2010.
A qualified teacher of German, geography and history, she took over as Head of Secondary School in 2014 and has been Head of School since 2020. 
Valérie Hardt appreciates the unique opportunity offered by this educational institution to accompany children from nursery school to secondary school on their academic and social education path and to be part of this diverse bilingual learning community.

Martin Lipton, Deputy Head of Secondary School

Martin Lipton completed his BEd. Hons Physical Education the University of Edinburgh in 2010. He worked in the Scottish state school system for 8 years, whilst competing internationally in athletics. In 2018, Mr. Lipton joined the Phorms Berlin Süd team as the Gymnasium Sports teacher. Since then he has started a Masters degree at the University of Manchester and moved into his current position as Deputy Head of Secondary School.

Elizabeth Burrows, Head of Primary School

Elizabeth Burrows studied German and Italian at Manchester University before completing her PGCE and qualifying year in the UK. She then studied TEFL and spent a year in Japan, teaching students from nursery age up to university level. She moved to Berlin in the summer of 2011 and started to work at Phorms Campus Berlin Süd as a year 2 class teacher. In 2016 she assumed a leadership role as the Deputy Head of the Primary School and began as Head of Primary in September 2018.

Joshua Crerar, Deputy Head of Primary School

Joshua Crerar completed his Master’s in Education with Bath University, with his studies focusing on relevant teacher training in international education. He has vast experience teaching and coordinating at the Primary level, with previous posts in Australia, England, France and Germany. He joined Phorms after leaving the British School of Paris in 2020.

Sylvia Gschoßmann, Head of Nursery

Sylvia Gschoßmann comes from Munich and lived with her family in the USA for four years. She trained as a nursery school teacher in Berlin and has accumulated experience in bilingual education by working in various German-English institutions. Sylvia joined Phorms in 2007 and has been with Phorms Berlin Süd since 2008.

Timo Bruckmann, Deputy Head of Nursery

Timo Bruckmann grew up in Berlin and completed his civil service in a Kinderladen after graduation. He then spent 1 ½ years as an entertainer abroad, where he gained international and formative experience, before returning to the social field in 2011 and completing his part-time education as a state-recognised educator. He has been part of the kindergarten team since 2012 and took over in 2017, after graduating as a social specialist, the position of the Deputy Head of Nursery.

Kerstin Riese, Coordinator Afternoon Programme

Kerstin Riese earned her degree in Educational Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin. After a year abroad in London, she worked in an inclusive day-care centre, being responsible for children with special needs. Since 2008 she is part of our Phorms Campus Berlin Süd Team, first as Teaching Assistant and since 2010 as Afternoon Programme Coordinator. In this position she is responsible for organising all afternoon activities as well as holiday programmes. 

Christian Heine, Managing Director

Christian Heine read Business Studies (MSc) at the Fachhochschule Hannover and Southern Illinois University St. Louis. From 2009 onwards he worked in the Finance & Controlling department of  Phorms Holding SE and supported the development of the Phorms schools. In December 2013 he became the Business Manager for the Berlin Phorms schools.

Sandra Exner, Administration Manager

Sandra Exner has studied sport science, pedagogy and psychology in Berlin. She has many years of experience as a trainer for children. Since 2007, she has worked for Phorms Education. Many parents know her in her role as marketing and events manager for Phorms as well as person responsible for the school uniform. She is also a trainer for "Pfeffersport", the gym exercises for children at Berlin Mitte.

Pia Moutsinga, Admissions Counsellor

Pia Moutsinga grew up in Berlin where she completed her professional training as tax consultant and worked as a volunteer for the "Sportjugend Berlin". She was one of the first Phorms employees who joined the inauguration of Campus Berlin Mitte. Her first position at Phorms was assistant of the school administration.