We are very proud of our team of longstanding employees who are at your side throughout the application process and for tricky questions of recognition:
Great Britain is Tanja Berelsmann's second home. Her love of the country, its people and the English language first started when she completed her A-levels at Frensham Heights School in 1999. She subsequently studied European Cultural and Political Studies at university in England, France and Germany. After teaching in Africa and Berlin, she joined our team in 2010. Like her mother Elke Böck, Tanja loves giving our families the best possible advice in their search for the right school and also in recognition matters. Herself a mother since 2015, Tanja is already looking forward to seeing her son in a British school uniform in due course...
For many years Elke Böck worked internationally in various branches of industry until she met Barbara Glasmacher who placed the two Böck children at British boarding schools. Developing a passion for this métier herself, Elke Böck joined the company as an independent counsellor over 20 years ago. Apart from consulting and problem-solving Frau Böck’s specialist area is the intricacy of recognition requirements for university study.
Cora Bredl is our „Münchner Kindl“ in the Glasmacher team. She loves the Bavarian way of life with its traditions and the proximity to the mountains. Her studies of American cultural history and communication sciences have brought her closer to the American way of life, but many trips and stays abroad have also led Cora to the United Kingdom. Even as a child, she cycled with her family to London. This, including the series "Miss Marple", laid the foundation for her love of Great Britain.
Of Hungarian origin Monika Domokos usually reserves her “fiery” side for her free time when she is a passionate dancer of the Tango Argentino. Being herself a speaker of six languages and having studied Business with an emphasis on Tourism, who better than she to advise you on the choice of a suitable language course? Her 20-year loyalty to the company speaks for itself.
Helen Fürnthaler was born and grew up in the North of England. After studying Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Cambridge, she came to Germany to teach English at a language school. Now after almost 20 years in Munich and with two children at German schools, Helen is able to combine her knowledge of both systems. She enjoys playing the piano and being in the mountains.
Being a passionate mountain hiker Ursula Hilger doesn’t just reach heights in her free time, she is also the peak of efficiency and organisation in the office. In her role as office manager and Barbara Glasmacher’s PA, which she has held for over 20 years, Frau Hilger is a stable pillar at the heart of the company.
Barbara Kirchner-Kádár is of Hungarian origin but was educated in the UK, attending Henrietta Barnett School in London before going on to read Law at the University of Cambridge. She moved to Germany in 2000 where she first worked in two law related jobs. She finally discovered her true vocation in the field of education when she went through the process of finding suitable English boarding schools for her two teenage daughters. Barbara lives and works in Munich but regularly travels to Hungary where she advises Hungarian families on British boarding schools. In her free time she likes to stand at the sidelines of cold football pitches to watch her son play - but she also loves yoga!
Originally from Hamburg, Kirsten Kornweibel spent several years in Chile with her two young children. As such, she has had valuable, personal, first-hand experience of dealing with children’s schooling abroad. In 2018 her daughter had the wonderful opportunity to studie at a UK boarding school for one year. Kirsten studied Business, speaks several languages and has a good eye for detail. Even after 24 years of experience in this line of work she still takes great pleasure in making every effort to keep each and every customer satisfied. Apart from travel her great passions are outdoor sports and mountain hiking.
Patricia Maier speaks perfect English, albeit with American accent! Despite her love of owls she is always fully awake and alert during her daytime work. She is mostly responsible for communicating with our numerous partner schools, ensuring they receive new student details and we always have their most up-to-date information at our fingertips.
Having spent many years working in education herself, Victoria joined us in 2020 and works from Berlin. She spent two years as a Sixth Form student at a boarding school in Kent, and is excited that soon her second of four children will become a Sixth Form boarding student herself. When not busy with the family or the office, Victoria spends most of her time with her horses who are always a welcome distraction from the bustling daily routine.
Carolina Schweitzer brings true multicultural flair with her: born in Buenos Aires, and raised in England, Carolina spent five years at Wycombe Abbey where she completed her A-Levels. She has lived in various parts of Germany and Vienna for the past 30 years. Her excellent experience with Barbara Glasmacher, who helped place both her children in the Sixth Form at Charterhouse, kindled her desire to become an educational consultant herself. Her extensive knowledge of both the German and British school systems are invaluable assets. Carolina lives in Bonn and consults parents and their children in Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf and surrounding area.
It is more Andrea Stichtmann’s sunny personality than her blonde hair and love of Italy which brings her warmth to our office. After school she spent many years working internationally in some of the world’s top hotels. A high level of service-orientation is hence second nature to her. Herself a mother, she has a great deal of empathy for parents, whatever their needs or fears. Clients and colleagues alike benefit from her longstanding experience at the Glasmacher office (over 20 years) which means she knows the ropes inside out.
Annette Wagner has been a member of the team since 2002. Mrs Glasmacher still remembers well how impressed she was that Ancient Greek was one of Annette's Abitur (A-level) subjects. Being such an experienced employee, she is well-versed in all aspects of the application process. The precision she shows in her work is a welcome asset. Since the birth of her son she manages to combine with full commitment her obligations as employee and mother. Choir singing and a love of nature help her keep a sound work-life balance.
Jackie Williams is one of our three native speakers who brings with her a typical British sense of humour. Having attended Badminton School for many years, where her interest in foreign languages, choral singing and debating was kindled, she knows precisely what boarding life involves. She has worked in this line of business for almost 20 years, over a decade here at Glasmachers. In her free time she keeps her imaginative mind active by slipping into various roles as she practises improvisation theatre as well as through creative writing.
Bonny and Balu
Bonny and Balu are part of the Glasmacher family as well and like to spend lazy hours under one of the desks in the office.