Meet our teachers

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).

Christina Remshardt

Deputy Principal
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2013

What I particularly like about our school:
"...is to see how quickly the students gain confidence in both languages with our bilingual model. It’s part of my role to further develop our successful bilingual immersion model at our school. I am excited to see the growth of the extra-curricular programs and I am particularly amazed when I receive feedback from our teachers, how impressively our students can switch between the two languages so easily."

Alanna King

Head of Curriculum and Assessment and Specialist Teacher for 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.'

Elke Naumann

Classroom Teacher of the Quokkas Class (Foundation Year A)
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.'

Raquel Ohlmeyer

Classroom Teacher of the Penguin Class (Foundation Year B)
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.'

Nicole Mayr

Classroom Teacher of the Koala Class (Year 2 A)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2022

What I particularly like about our school:
'… is the open-minded, friendly and very welcoming atmosphere that I have enjoyed from the first day I entered the school. You can feel the team spirit everywhere: in the staff room, in the class rooms, but also during lunch breaks when the students between 5 and 12 years of age and of different backgrounds play and eat together talking in German or English or both. Finally, I can experience the reality and efficiency of bilingual teaching and learning which I would have liked to offer my own daughter as well.'

Hannah von Gehlen

Classroom Teacher of the Wombats Class (Year 2 B)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2023

What I particularly like about our school:
'...is the immersion of the linguistic and cultural features of the German as well as the Australian way of life. It creates a feeling of being at home even if you are thousands of kilometres away from your home in Germany. The friendly, intimate and cosmopolitan atmosphere that once can feel within the entire school community provides the optimal foundation for bilingual teaching and learning. Extracurricular events and excursions make the school life particularly exciting and educational for the students.'

Lena McCowan

Classroom Teacher of the Wallabies Class (Year 3)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2022

What I particularly like about our school:
'…that the Australian culture is being valued, lived and celebrated just as much as the German one. At DSM, both culture merge into a unique mixture of people that make our school so special.'

Tara Burgers

Classroom Teacher of the Dingoes Class (Year 4)
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.'

Josephine Moehl

Classroom Teacher of the Emus Class (Year 5)
At Deutschen Schule Melbourne since: 2022

Was mir besonders an der DSM gefällt:

'…the atmosphere which immediately made me feel familiar from an institutional as well as a personal point of view. I also like that the cosmopolitan DSM family - which includes the children, colleagues and parents alike - welcomed me with a feeling of security, gratitude and warmth. To grow up bilingually and to learn about different cultures is a benefit for each child.'

Klara Kadau

Classroom Teacher of the Sharks Class (Year 6)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2020

What I particularly like about our school:
'...the diverse and dynamic environment that bilingual education creates. DSM is a place where cultural diversity and different language backgrounds are not only acknowledged but are lived and celebrated on a daily basis by the whole school community.'

Leon Gabler

Teacher and PQM Coordinator
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.'

Rohan Johnson

Specialist Teacher
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2020

What I particularly like about our school is:
'...the multicultural environment that inspires our students to think creatively and critically. It is amazing to observe the students openly converse with one another as a part of their journey to build essential life skills, which they will treasure forever.'

Claudia Remeza

Specialist Teacher (HPE and Arts)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2020

What I particularly like about our school is:
'...that you’ll find your little piece of Germany in Melbourne where all of us love to have a smile on our faces and make you feel welcome. That’s why it’s so much fun to teach and learn here. Speaking and learning two languages alongside just comes naturally!'

Tabea Frenkler

Individual Needs Teacher
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2020

What I particularly like about our school:
'… the community spirit that can be felt throughout the school and the intercultural atmosphere as well as the fact that the students learn in a motivating, inclusive, bilingual environment that they can benefit from their entire life.'

Emily Crosthwaite

Specialist Teacher, Teacher for the German Language Certificate Program
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2022

What I particularly like about our school:
'…is stepping into a bilingual world every day – and, more importantly, allowing students to do so as well. Having lived and worked in Germany for eleven years, I feel at home at DSM. As if a German bubble was created in Australia and I never left. It is easy to sense that students, colleagues, and all involved at DSM feel welcomed and accepted – as I did from day one.'

Jamila von Keyserlingk

Casual Relief Teacher
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2022

What I particularly like about our school:
'…Is the exceptional welcoming and open-minded atmosphere, which makes teaching at DSM an unique and very rewarding experience. The supportive and family-like spirit within the whole DSM-community and the exchange of expertise among the staff, creates not only a safe space for our students to learn in, but also makes for the perfect preconditions to benefit from all aspects that come along with a bilingual education.'

Cansu Sengul

Music Teacher (currently on maternity leave)
At Deutsche Schule Melbourne since: 2022

What I particularly like about our school:
'The DSM is characterised by a family atmosphere, with a committed and interested parent community, which promotes the development of the school and actively shapes school life. The DSM offers our students the opportunity to attend a bilingual class, and provides a great opportunity to engage intensively with both the English and German language.'

Aniko Slaughter

Classroom Teacher (currently on maternity leave)
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.'

Pia Demasi

Classroom Teacher (currently on maternity leave)
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.'