Our Team

Head Teacher: Theresa Schulze

TheresaMy name is Theresa Schulze. I am the Kindergarten Head Teacher at the International Montessori English Speaking Preschool.

I received my teaching degree at Schweinfurt’s Fachakademie fuer Sozialpaedagogik in
2011 before traveling around the world to the USA. I have been fortunate enough to
passionately teach and manage in a variety of educational environments across two
continents including preschools, kindergartens, after-school programs, high school and university. Throughout this time my focus and interest has always been on bilingual language education both in German and English.

My work is my passion. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of hands-on learning. It’s through this aspect of Montessori education that children learn to discover the world around them, develop critical thinking skills, and engage in creative endeavors. These early experiences create a powerful foundation for future success. Seeing kids developing these skills at their own pace is professionally and personally motivating.

I am excited to work with my talented and dedicated staff to continue
providing the best education possible for your children! My priority is to create a rich and exciting curriculum for the kids – encouraging them to actively learn, grow and ultimately preparing them for a bright future ahead!

Sophia Gonzalez

Sophia

My name is Sophia. I am originally from Rhode Island, USA. Before I moved to Munich in 2016 I spent 2 years in Madrid, Spain. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Skidmore College and I hold a New York State Certificate in Childhood Education.

I became a teacher because I love to see students making their own discoveries; finding out what they enjoy doing, what they don’t enjoy doing, and what they are curious about. I’d like to make school a place where each child feels happy to be there and comfortable being themselves. I believe in creating an environment where each child is eager to learn new things and accomplish new skills and I love to share in their joy when they do.

As a teacher at an international school and a person who grew up in a multicultural bilingual family I believe learning about, cultivating an interest in, and celebrating a wide variety of cultures is important. Together as a classroom I hope to teach the children to appreciate both our similarities and our differences as members of a multicultural community.

I chose the Montessori path because I believe in the Montessori approach to learning that encourages students to learn through hands-on exploration both individually and with peers and encourages exploring their individual interests in a respectful and caring learning environment.

Yvonne Vissers

Yvonne

Hello! My name is Yvonne Vissers and I am from the Netherlands. I have a Bachelor of Education degree for primary school children aged 4 to 12. I started my career in 1999 and I have over ten years experience as a full time teacher at primary schools in the Netherlands. For the majority of that time, I taught at a primary school that used the Dalton School System. Over a period of 8 years, I lived and worked abroad in Brazil, in Qatar, and on Curaçao as a Dutch teacher at international schools. Throughout that time I worked in many classes, but I most enjoyed working with the younger children.

I love being a teacher! The most important thing to me is that children feel at ease and happy in the classroom, among the other children and the teachers. I think it’s important for children to experience the joy of learning, that they have the time to enjoy the process, and that they develop self confidence.

I am very excited to work at an international Montessori preschool! I see that the children learn a lot from each other when they are in a bilingual environment with children from different cultures. As a result, children learn to respect each other, develop team building skills, and create a sense of community. I especially like the way the Montessori method creates a learning program that is specific to the needs and interests of each child.