About GESS

Senior Management Team

The GESS Senior Management consists of the Principal, the Director of Finance and Administration, the Director of Marketing and Admissions as well as the Heads of the German Curriculum Stream, IB Curriculum Stream and the Preschool Department. They lead the school and work together to translate the school's mission into action and ensure that educational as well as organisational goals are achieved.

Christoph Zänglein
Principal of GESS

Christoph Zänglein

Principal of GESS

Education:
Principal, Deputy Principal, High School Coordinator, Teaching Degree for German Gymnasium in English, German and History at the Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg and the University of Texas at Austin, Course of Lectures Certificate in German as a Foreign Language

Work experience and professional focus:
Christoph Zänglein became a teacher at the Johannes-Butzbach-Gymnasium in Miltenberg, after finishing his teacher internship and before he was employed at the German School Istanbul from 1991 – 1997. He taught at the Friedrich-List-Gymnasium Gemünden until 2002, was at the Deutschhaus-Gymnasium Würzburg (advisor of the course of lectures) and returned to a German School abroad (German School Washington, D.C.) from 2004 – 2010, first as the High School Coordinator and then as the Deputy Principal. After being the Deputy Principal at the Bayernkolleg Schweinfurt from 2010 – 2012, he was then assigned to be the Principal of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium Schweinfurt. Since 2009, he has been a speaker for the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Bavarian Professional Development Academy Dillingen and the Office of the Representatives for Gymnasiums in the region Unterfranken.

André Beinert
Head of Section (German Curriculum)

André Beinert

Head of Section (German Curriculum)

Education:
Teaching degree for secondary schools in Mathematics and Physics Academic studies completed at the University of Dortmund

Work experience and professional focus:
Mr Beinert taught at secondary school level in Germany before his move to Singapore in 2002 when he joined the German European School Singapore in the German Section. He was promoted to Head of High School German Section in 2006. In addition to that, he was in charge of coordinating all timetables across the school. In 2009, Mr Beinert became Head of German Section and Vice Principal. In this position, he is the key person for German education at GESS. Furthermore, he gained detailed knowledge of the IB Curriculum when he taught various courses in the Diploma Programme of the IB Curriculum stream.

Eva Noorduijn
Head of Section (IB Curriculum)

Eva Noorduijn

Head of Section (IB Curriculum)

Education:
Joint Honours BA in French & International Relations, Reading University, Reading. UK Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, Institut d'Etudes Politiques Paris, France. PGCE - French and PE/Games, Homerton College Cambridge, UK. CELTA with distinction, International House Lisbon, Portugal.

Work experience and professional focus:
Mrs Noorduijn joined GESS from the International School of Geneva and has a great deal of experience in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. She has formally worked for the International Baccalaureate regional office in Geneva and in schools in Turkey and Portugal. Mrs Noorduijn was born in the Netherlands and educated in Holland, England and France. She speaks English, French and Dutch and has learnt Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. She truly has an international perspective and has a personal understanding of the issues that third culture children experience.

Laura Munaro
Head of Preschool Department

Laura Munaro

Head of Preschool Department

Education:
MA in Education, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. MA in Primary Education, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. Post-graduate in Education, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. IB Academy, IBO, Philadelphia, USA. DITALS II, University for Foreigners Siena, Siena, Italy.

Work experience and professional focus:
Mrs Munaro joined GESS from La Scuola International School (San Francisco, CA) and has an extensive experience in teaching and providing leadership in the Primary Years Programme. She has held several positions of responsibility, including PYP coordinator and Languages and Cultures coordinator. Mrs Munaro is also a trained IB PYP workshop leader and site visitor, and a CIS Visiting Team member. She is committed to a constructivist model of learning and to supporting students to become life-long learners.

Joachim Herrmann
Director of Finance and Administration

Joachim Herrmann

Director of Finance and Administration

Education:
Diplom-Verwaltungswirt, Academic degree in Public Administration, University studies completed in Cologne.

Work experience and professional focus:
After having lived and worked as the Head of School Administration in many different schools and countries like Germany, Philippines, Spain and the USA, Joachim Herrmann has been at GESS since 2010 as Director of Finance and Administration, where he oversees human resources, finance and accounting, property management and customer relations. He is a key person in the school's Project 2017 development.

Maclean Braganza
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Maclean Braganza

Director of Marketing & Admissions

Education:
Master of Business Administration, James Cook University, Australia

Work experience and professional focus:
Maclean has 10 years of experience in the international education sector. He has held senior positions with two Australian universities and handled their strategic marketing and admissions functions. He is committed to improve service standards within his department in order to achieve the school’s strategic plans and brand vision.