MENTORS & ADMINISTRATION
The BBIS Boarding mentors and administrators provide comprehensive pastoral care in order to support BBIS Boarding students as they strive to reach their academic and life goals.
The BBIS Boarding staff members come with backgrounds primarily in international education. The live-in mentors reside in the boarding facility in apartments adjacent to the student rooms. Bringing with them multifaceted and global experience, the BBIS Boarding mentors and administrators are native or near native English speakers – well suited to support the BBIS Boarding 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.
Rachael Price is originally from Liverpool in the UK and, since graduating from the University of Wales in Bangor, has worked across the USA, the UK and Switzerland as a camp counsellor, boarding mentor and substitute teacher. She joined BBIS Boarding as a live-in mentor for the 2018-19 school year. Whilst working, Ms. Price has been studying for an MA in Diplomacy and International Law and is passionate about educating and inspiring young people to value internationalism, sustainability and human rights. Students are often interested to hear about her experiences as an immigration officer at London’s Heathrow Airport. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, sports in general, and spending time with friends and family.
Maggie Le May grew up in a small town outside of the Twin Cities in Southern Minnesota and joined BBIS Boarding as a live-in mentor for the 2018-19 school year. Her passions are history, travel, and education. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Renaissance and Early Modern History as well as a teaching license in social studies. She is also working towards a M.A. in education with a focus in civics education. She has worked with students from kindergarten to high school all over the United States. Most recently, Ms. LeMay taught geography and history to high school students un the US. She also has experience in boarding after working two years in the boarding program of an international school in South Korea and is thrilled to be returning to boarding at BBIS. In her free time, Ms. LeMay enjoys baking and cooking for others (especially her family and friends), going on hikes, spending time at the gym, and reading anything and everything.
Boris Fatic was born in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro and joined BBIS Boarding as a live-in mentor for the 2018-2019 school year. He attended the Mediterranean University, Faculty of Foreign Languages. During his 4th year of studies he also worked for a local NGO for human rights. From January 2017 until the end of June 2018 he worked as a boarding coordinator for Knightsbridge Schools International, an IB school located in Tivat, Porto Montenegro. He enjoys working with young people, leading them so they can reach their full potential and teaching them to always act with honor, integrity and compassion. Boris takes great pleasure in reading books, watching movies, going to the theater, cooking and playing sports.
Shane Ogilvie is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada and joined BBIS Boarding as a live-in mentor for the 2018-2019 school year. He studied in the USA, where he received a scholarship to play soccer and completed a B.Sc in Biology. In 2012, Mr. Ogilvie moved to Germany to play and coach soccer. Meanwhile, he gained experience teaching English and science in primary schools and summer camps. Since then, he has completed his M.Sc in Sport Performance Analysis, in which he was able to spend time studying and interning in Germany, Portugal, Lithuania and The Netherlands. Mr. Ogilvie has deep interests in youth athletic development and is interested in organizing various sporting activities and projects with the students.
Felipe Buitrago at sixteen years of age travelled from Bogota, Colombia to New Mexico, USA to participate in a wilderness program run by the United World Colleges. Eating and sleeping well, keeping warm and sticking together were the program’s primary goals. Mr. Buitrago is dedicated to the process through which the student is at the center of her or his own experience and feels empowered and supported to take appropriate decisions suited to his or her own needs and context, while keeping in mind the responsibility towards the group and community. After finishing studies at Earlham College in the USA and a MC in Outdoor education with Phillips Universität in Germany, Mr. Buitrago joined BBIS in May 2017 and now hopes to apply all that he has learned and root it within the values of accessibility and social justice.
Julia Frommhold is a native of Weimar, Germany. She studied and trained as a make-up artist at one of Germany’s leading theatres (The German National Theatre Weimar) and has worked at a number of theatres and on different film sets in Germany and Europe. Ms. Frommhold also worked in schools, cultural organisations and even prisons with the aim of bringing theatre to entirely new audiences and combining art, culture and social work. After spending three years working and living in London, England, she moved back to Berlin in 2016 and began working as a mentor and German language assistant at BBIS Boarding in the spring of 2017. Ms. Frommhold loves spending her free time outside in nature, going climbing, and playing beach volleyball and badminton.
Hannah Moskwa started a 5 month internship in BBIS Boarding at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. She grew up in Kleinmachnow and is currently studying at the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus to become an “Erzieherin” or professional educator in Berlin. In the fall semester of 2017, she completed a 3 month internship at the BBIS primary school. Recently, she took part in an Erasmus internship at a children’s center in London. In her free time, she works as a riding instructor for young children and has also worked with special needs children and adolescents for several years. Furthermore, she enjoys traveling, photography, painting and baking.
Boarding School Counsellor
Marcea Eckhardt is a native of a small town in Colorado, USA and joined BBIS Boarding as the boarding school counsellor for the 2018-19 school year. She worked in the US for 15 years as a middle/high school/college counsellor before moving abroad six years ago. Since then she has worked in Germany, the UK and, most recently, Thailand as a high school/college counsellor. She has a B.A. in German and a dual MA in Secondary/Post-secondary School Counselling and Agency Counselling: Marriage & Family Therapy--both from the University of Northern Colorado. She loves to read, travel, attend the theater, go to museums, hike and take her miniature Dackel, Gus, for walks and on adventures. She thoroughly enjoys working with teenagers and is looking forward to working with all of the boarding students at BBIS. She has two grown children, Mikhaila (24) and Andrew (23).
Boarding School Administration
Margit Schmeißer was born and raised in Lower Bavaria (Germany) and grew up as the 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.
Angelika Heidt was born and raised in Wolfsburg, in northern Germany. She started working at BBIS Boarding in June 2017. In Göttingen and Nürtingen she studied economics and journalism and worked for consulting companies. From Nürtingen she moved to Stuttgart and Karlsruhe and later with her family to Istanbul, Turkey where she lived for 10 years. Ms. Heidt is also a qualified German teacher and a breathing coach. She is passionate about cars and loves to read, bike, travel and walk with her dog.