The Educational Directorate (Erziehungsdirektorium /ED)
The ED plays a strategic role in school matters. It is a guarantor of the school’s profile and mission. The ED is a unique committee within the Berlin public school system. It’s duties and composition are stipulated in paragraphs 5 and 6 of the JFK School Law (German language version):

JFK School Law

Whereas the School Conference mostly deals with internal school issues, the central responsibility of the ED is to guarantee the particular binational and bicultural character of the JFKS as a German-American school which incorporates both school systems within its structures.

Members of the Educational Directorate (ED) in 2016-17:

Sandra Scheeres – Senator of Schools (Senatorin f. BJW)
Christiane Kose – OSchR’in – StV SenBJW
Siegfried Arnz- Senatsverw. f. Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft
Frank Mückisch – Stadtrat f. Bildung etc. Steglitz-Zehlendorf
Heike Waldschütz – Oberschulrätin SenBWF – StV
Jörg Weese – Fachbereichsleiter StV Zehlendorf
P.A.Tombarge – US Embassy Representative
J. M. Hovenier – US Embassy Representative (Alternate Chair)
Racso Cortinas, American ES Principal
Brian Salzer, Managing Director – American HS Principal
Susan Brown, American Parent Rep
Sonja Fietz, German Parent Rep (Chair)
Chad Felt, American Teacher Rep (HS)
Dagmar Opitz – German Teacher Rep (ES)
Bennet Windt- American Student Rep
Inga Winterhof – German Student Rep

ED Meetings in 2016/17: Dec. 20, 2016 / Feb 21, 2017 / April 4, 2017 / June 6, 2017


The School Conference (Schulkonferenz/SK) in 2016-17:
This Committee is composed of democratically elected representatives from the faculty, student and parent councils, as well as two principals. The SK is mandated by Berlin School Law to serve as a round table for these key school groups – to develop collaborative strategies for old problems or new projects on campus, including strategic planning and practical implementation.The SK meets at school every six to eight weeks.

Members of the School Conference (SK):
Brian Salzer – Managing Director-American HS Principal
Racso Cortinas, American ES Principal

Kimberley Schneidereit – American Parent Rep
Kirsten Winkler – American Parent Rep
Anja Kamradt, German Parent Rep
Peter Schier, German Parent Rep

Jocelyn Barrios (ES) – American Teacher Rep
Ann de Tarr (HS) – American Teacher Rep
Timm Jones (ES) – German Teacher Rep
Gaby Jendretzki (HS) – German Teacher Rep

Adrienne Amri – US Student Rep
Sophia Brown-Heidenreich – US Student Rep
Maya Lugani – German Student Rep
Marc auf der Heyde – German Student Rep


John F. Kennedy School

Teltower Damm 87-93
14167 Berlin, Germany


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Elementary School (EC-6)

Phone: + 49 30 90299 5711
Fax: + 49 30 90299 6377

High School (7-12)

American Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5758
German Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5710
Fax: +49 30 90299 6868