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Announcing GISSV’s New Head of School for 2016/17

20160225_Announcing GISSVs New Head of School for 2016-17The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is delighted to announce that Mr. Michael Koops will join the school as the new Head of School for the 2016/2017 school year.

Mr. Koops was chosen for his long and rich proven track record as successful principal; the outlook onto a more-than-3-year commitment for GISSV; deep experience with school development in the STEM area; experience with school construction projects; and his cooperation with corporations and foundations. 

Mr. Koops comes to GISSV from the Gymnasium Lohbrügge in Hamburg, a bilingual secondary school where he has been the Head of School since 2006. Gymnasium Lohbrügge is Hamburg’s second largest school and embraces a diverse student body. During his tenure, Mr. Koops was instrumental in shaping the school’s profile as innovative bilingual school with a focus on nurturing students’ independence, supporting learning differences and integrating modern media into the classroom. The school features a strong science program as well as vibrant music and sports programs.

Under Mr. Koops’ leadership, the school developed several international exchange opportunities for students as well as international partnerships with schools and corporations. Mr. Koops is an ambassador for eTwinning, a platform for teachers to connect and develop collaborative projects in Europe, as well as Erasmus, a European student exchange network. Most recently, he established a partnership with the U.S.-based e-learning firm Articulate.

Mr. Koops continuously furthered his education and went through advanced training in school and lesson development, school leadership team building, language support, acquisition of subject-based competencies, labor law and leadership coaching. He is trained as Biology and German teacher. During his time in university and the earlier years of his teaching career, he also worked as a journalist.
Several interview groups, including the GISSV Board of Directors, school leadership group, current parents, students, teachers and administrative staff were involved in the thorough selection process. GISSV is excited for Mr. Koops to join the school community and is looking forward to the next phase in the school’s development under his leadership.