MENTORS & ADMINISTRATION
A diverse team of mentors dedicated to pastoral care provide coaching, facilitation and support for the academic and life challenges that our boarding students may confront.
Our mentors come from teaching, coaching and one-to-one learning support backgrounds and live-in the boarding facility alongside students. Bringing multifaceted and global experience, our mentors are native or near native English speakers, while many are bilingual English/German – well suited to support our students in Germany.
Sara Enayssi worked in BBIS Boarding during 2011/12 and returned as a live-in mentor for the 2014/15 school year. Ms. Enayssi is a Berlin native born to Lebanese parents. She spent half her life in Lebanon, Canada and the United States. She is a certified teacher and a native speaker of Arabic, German and English. Ms. Enayssi attended the University of Arizona where she received both her B.A. and M.A. in History and German Studies. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and especially finds joy in working with children and adolescents. Some of her hobbies include singing, photography and traveling.
Kyle van Hall is originally from Northern Virginia in the United States and joined BBIS Boarding as a live-in mentor for the 2014/15 school year. Mr. van Hall has lived and traveled throughout the world. As a high school exchange student he fell in love with Germany and considers Germany his second home. As a teacher he has worked over ten years in IB and bi-lingual schools teaching history, geography and English. Outside the classroom he was an international youth worker and a wilderness guide. In his free time, he canoes on the nearby lakes, bikes through the local forests or experiments with cooking gourmet meals.
Catherine Page was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2013 Ms. Page has worked at BBIS in the Student Support Services and more recently in BBIS Boarding as a live-in mentor. After completing her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History and Maori Studies, she worked at several high need secondary schools coordinating a Maori health workforce initiative. Ms. Page's passion for travel and languages has led her to work and travel through three continents. Before Berlin she was based in Seoul, South Korea as an elementary school English teacher. She is passionate about working with young people of all educational and cultural backgrounds.
Craig Irving was born in London and raised in the United States. Mr. Irving joined BBIS Boarding in December 2015 after spending the previous few years in the United States and the United Kingdom in education as a teacher and sports instructor. With the desire to explore a different lifestyle and culture, Mr. Irving moved to Germany and has now taken on the challenge of work as a live-in mentor. His hobbies include sports, exercise and reading. Mr. Irving enjoys helping students reach their full potential in and out of the classroom especially through camps and sporting activities.
Alice Baruffato was born and raised in Italy where she completed her degree in Medieval Archaeology. After graduating, she moved several times to countries like Malta, the Netherlands, Croatia and Germany where she has collaborated with museums and cultural institutions. Ms. Baruffato gained experience in the educational sector working in museum education departments and as a tutor at her university. Ms. Baruffato likes visiting new places, practicing dance and hiking and is truly fond of cats and cakes. She joined BBIS Boarding for the 2016/17 school year as a live-in mentor after working as a supervisor and after school care coordinator in the primary school.
Brant Dennis is originally from Australia were he worked as a disability support worker in a community participation program helping disabled teenagers become more involved in the community and everyday life. After two years with one care provider, Mr. Dennis decided to travel and experience more of the world. He explored Europe for three months before settling in Berlin. This past year Mr. Dennis worked as an assistant at BBIS in the primary school and he is very excited that he has joined the BBIS Boarding staff team as a live-in mentor for the 2016/17 school year. He looks forward to supporting and sharing activities with the boarding students.
Jane Mohr grew up in a small town on the east coast of New Zealand and has lived briefly in Australia and India. In Auckland she studied art, photography and film. In 2006 she moved to Berlin to travel and see Europe. Ms. Mohr has worked with children as a nanny (now with her own child) and supporting young people to take part in creative workshops, school camps and canoe tours. Since January 2010 she has been commuting from Berlin to care for BBIS boarding students as a mentor. Ms. Mohr loves music and playing guitar and enjoys teaching and encouraging students to bring out their creative side.
Paul Curtis first came to Berlin in 2008 to study at the Humboldt University after graduating from the University of Durham in the UK. He became a city tour guide and quickly fell in love with Berlin: its parks, lakes, history, culture and people. After receiving his M.A., Mr. Curtis taught international politics and European history in Hangzhou, China. During the last three years he taught history in North London where he has followed his other big passion: rock climbing. Mr. Curtis joined BBIS Boarding for the 2016/17 school year and is excited to commute from Berlin to work with the BBIS boarding students as a mentor.
Boarding School Counsellor
Kyle Bush started as the new boarding school counsellor at the beginning of the school year 2016/17. Previously he worked as a high school counsellor for 8 years in the Spokane Public Schools system in Washington State. There he worked in large comprehensive high schools and with the local colleges in Spokane to help students with the transition to higher education. He is an avid mountain biker, fisherman, and hiker. Mr. Bush looks forward to helping create a safe and nurturing environment for students and supporting them to realize their full potential and also plan for a meaningful future.
Boarding School Administration
Margit Schmeißer was born and raised in Lower Bavaria (Germany) and grew up as fourth of six children. She started working at BBIS Boarding in July 2014. Before joining BBIS Boarding she was working for industrial companies like Siemens either as a team or management assistant. Mrs. Schmeißer likes to sing, read, travel, and get to know different cultures and she enjoys helping the boarding students and their families with all things that come up in daily life at BBIS Boarding.
Marga Kappler worked at BBIS from 2001 to 2008 as the secretary to the business manager. Since 2014 she has been working as one of the assistants to the head of BBIS Boarding. She studied social work and administration, but during most of her professional career she worked as secretary in several companies. Mrs. Kappler is married and has two adult children. Due to the employment of her husband she has lived with her family for longer time periods in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Albania.