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 almost 20 years ago. Apart from consulting and problem-solving Frau Böck’s specialist area is the intricacy of recognition requirements for university study.
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 18-year loyalty to the company speaks for itself.
Helen 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 20 years, Frau Hilger is a stable pillar at the heart of the company.
Barbara Kirchner-Kadar 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. She studied Business, speaks several languages and has a good eye for detail. Even after 20 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.
Simone Schirra joined us in 2018. After she came from her native Berlin to Munich for her studies, she devotes herself to international exchange in her professional career. In her spare time, she, like many of her colleagues, likes to go hiking.
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 (18 years) which means she knows the ropes inside out.
Even as a child Christina Strenzl had a great sense of adventure and so it was hardly surprising that once she had finished her schooling she had a strong desire to explore new territory. She thus “fled” Germany and lived for a longer period in Japan and China, followed most recently by 2 years in South Korea. With such far-flung travel experience Christina is more than capable of giving the benefit of it to youngsters and their families who are not yet venturing quite so far from home. Her exotic taste in travel also extends to languages and literature by the way, not to mention the odd culinary delicacy.
Annette Wagner has been a member of the team for over 16 years. 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 young 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.