Our Team

Head Teacher: Theresa Schulze

TheresaMy name is Theresa Schulze. I am the new 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 begin working with you and the talented, 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 but for the past 2 years I have been living 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.

Karen Bastean

Karen

My name is Karen. I am from the United States. I have been living in Germany for the past 12 years. I enjoy living in Munich because it gives me the opportunity to meet people from many different cultures.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in the area of Early Childhood Education and Development. I also have an International Montessori Teaching Diploma and a Certificate for Teaching English as a Second Language for Early Learners. I am passionate about Early Childhood Education because I believe that when children have an encouraging learning environment that provides them with opportunities to develop self confidence and a love of learning it has a positive impact on their future success academically and socially.

My heart in teaching is to help children develop a love for learning and become active learners while recognizing their own unique gifts, talents, interests and learning styles. It is important to me that each child feels that they are valued.

I have experience working with several different curriculum models including the IB, British National Curriculum, NAEYC, and High Scope but I am especially fond of the Montessori Curriculum because it takes into account the ways in which children learn and the diversity of learning styles within the classroom.eresa