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Leadership

Valérie Hardt, Head of Secondary School

Valérie Hardt began her studies to become a teacher in Nordrhein-Westfalen, and completed her internship at a number of international schools in Switzerland. Since the opening of the Phorms secondary school in Berlin Süd, she has taught in the subjects of German, Geography and History in both the lower and upper secondary school, and has been the head of secondary school since August 2014.

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.

Anne Fischer, Deputy Head of Primary School

Anne Fischer has an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has over a decade of experience working in international and multilingual school environments. Her career focus has been on Project Based Learning integration, balanced literacy in bilingual environments, supporting multilingual dyslexic students and integrating agile learning concepts into the school classroom. Her current focus is on curriculum alignment and integration as well as professional development support for individual schools and school communities. Mrs Fischer has been with Phorms since 2015.  In 2017 she took over the role of  Literacy and Curriculum Coordinator and has been Deputy Head since September 2018.

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.

Selena Mell, Education Program Director

Selena Mell comes from Canada and has been involved in the field of Education since 1989. She studied in Canada, France and the USA in French/English Literature, Special Education, and Educational Leadership. After her studies and successful teaching at Canadian immersion schools, she worked as the Head of School in schools in Canada, and a member of school leadership teams in Chile and Abu Dhabi. Before joining Phorms Education in 2015, she was working for Vanderbilt University and the Ministry of Education in Abu Dhabi (ADEC) as an Instructional Leadership Coach for school leaders.

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.