Meet our teachers

‘DSM provides every child with a safe learning environment where their teachers truly understand their needs, and see them as the learners they are. Critical to our goal of creating confident global citizens and lifelong learners, we also focus heavily on holistic development – academically, socially and emotionally.’

Bernice Ressel

All of our teachers hold a master’s degree in primary and/or secondary education and are bilingual in German and English. 

Our worldwide proven and tested immersion model provides a solid base for our bilingual education. A key feature of this model is the ‘one teacher-one language’ approach which means that all teachers communicate with the students exclusively in the teacher’s mother tongue. 

Students gain knowledge of curricular subjects while simultaneously learning German (CLIL – content and language integrated learning).

Mary Gallivan

Acting Deputy Principal
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2011

What I particularly like about our school:
'...is the open and friendly atmosphere amongst students and the whole school community.'

Myriam Greger

Leading Teacher
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2019

What I particularly like about our school:
'...is that many cultures join together to form a strong community. The team of teachers exemplify 'Bilinguism' with a lot of of heart & soul and of course humour.'

Tanja Matthias

Classroom Teacher of the Penguins Class (Foundation Year)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2017

What I particularly like about our school:
'A very meaningful pastime is to teach little people writing, reading, and even the German language.'

Elke Naumann

Classroom Teacher of the Quokkas Class (Foundation Year)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2019

What I particularly like about our school:
'...is to work in a multicultural and multilingual surrounding with a highly beneficially collaboration between students, parents and teachers. It is also very exciting to be the person, who teaches the little ones how to read and write in German.'

Annette Zühlke

Classroom Teacher of the Platypus Class (Year 1) 
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2018

What I particularly like about our school is:
'...that you feel welcome from the very first moment. The small and bilingual community with enthusiastic children, engaged parents, and a supportive staff makes our school unique.'

Pia Demasi

Classroom Teacher of the Echidnas Class (Year 1)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2017

What I particularly like about our school is:
'...that the students work, learn and play together in mixed year level settings whenever possible. I am fascinated how this creates a unique and vibrant atmosphere in which the students acquire language naturally and how it forms a positive attitude towards learning.'

Raquel Ohlmeyer

Classroom Teacher of the Wombats Class (Year 2)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2019

What I particularly like about our school:
'...is the positive learning environment within the whole school community. The school provides an opportunity to learn and teach in an inspiring bilingual setting.'

Anselm Teepe

Classroom Teacher of the Wallabies Class (Year 3)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2019

What I particularly like about our school:
'...is the positive energy and the warm & welcoming environment. It is impressive to experience how the students from all years communicate with ease in both languages with each other.'

Lars Nonn

Classroom Teacher of the Dingoes Class (Year 4)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2017

What I particularly like about our school:
'Things are learned with lots of fun in a bilingual environment. This fact and the lived diversity prevents boredom.'

Leon Gabler

Classroom Teacher of the Sharks Class (Year 5/6)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2013

What I particularly like about our school:
'...is that we create an environment which gives our students the security and confidence to be part of two cultures and the ability to embrace and acquire two languages at the same time.'

In addition to our class teachers, we also employ a number of specialist teachers, including an individual needs teacher, who contribute immensely to the high standard of lessons.

Adrian Adam

Specialist Teacher (English)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2019

What I particularly like about our school:
'…is the welcoming atmosphere at DSM. It is also fantastic to see both English and German being mastered by the children in such a fun and positive environment.'

Tara Burgers

Specialist Teacher (English)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2019

What I particularly like about our school:
'The very welcoming community feel that exists amongst the diverse range of learners who cherish and take pride in their school culture where language learning is celebrated. It is wonderful to be a part of an integration and immersion of cultures and curriculums, embraced wholly by school staff, parents and students.'

Alanna King

Specialist Teacher (French and English)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2016

What I particularly like about our school is:
'...the ease with which students transition between the two languages and cultures. Naturally, they speak to teachers in their language of instruction, but it is not uncommon to see friends switching fluently between German and English on the playground as well.'

Aniko Slaughter

Specialist Teacher (English)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2019

What I particularly like about our school:
'I am proud to be part of an engaged and professional team which enables children to learn in a safe bilingual environment. Having lived abroad myself I appreciate and love the strong sense of community among colleagues and the families.'

Lidija Tkalcec

Specialist Teacher (Library)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2015

What I particularly like about our school:
'...that there is a community at the school that is passionate about languages and bilingual education and how naturally the students acquire languages and learn about two cultures at the same time.'