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.
BBIS live-in mentors come from teaching, coaching and one-to-one learning support backgrounds and live-in the boarding facility alongside the students. The external mentors and administrators also offer experienced, international backgrounds in education. Bringing with them multifaceted and global experience, our 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.
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.
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.
Marianne Kenny is originally from a suburb of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. Ms. Kenny has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services/Psychology and a Masters in Secondary Education and is a certified teacher in special education and social studies. During the last thirteen years, Ms. Kenny has taught secondary students with emotional disabilities. She is passionate about helping young people reach their potential by teaching them mindfulness, helping them develop leadership skills, and inspiring them to complete acts of service. She loves to travel and discover the beauty in diverse cultures. Ms. Kenny joined BBIS Boarding for the 2017/18 school year.
George Leute has lived in Spokane, Washington for the majority of his adult life. Before moving to Spokane, Mr. Leute lived in England and Crete, Greece. He is bilingual (English and Greek) and looks forward to learning some German and connecting to his German family roots. Mr. Leute worked for some of the largest American corporations (Walgreens, Abercrombie & Fitch, Walmart and Comcast) in various management roles and now looks forward to a career change toward the field of youth education. He enjoys traveling, working out, playing bouzouki (a traditional Greek stringed instrument), riding motorcycles and watching American football. Mr. Leute joined BBIS Boarding for the 2017-18 school year.
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.
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.
Daniel Ray was born in Columbus, Ohio in the United States. Mr. Ray represented healthcare workers in California and New York for almost ten years. He later went back to school and graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He worked as a substitute teacher in Columbus, Ohio until moving to Germany in July of 2017 to work as a mentor and English language assistant at BBIS Boarding. Mr. Ray is passionate about animals and the environment and he enjoys running and learning German.
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.
Angelika Heidt was born and raised in Wolfsburg, in northern Germany. In Göttingen and Nürtingen she studied economics and journalism and started working for consultant 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 walk with her dog, read, bike, and travel.