It is natural for applicants to want to know in advance who they will be spending an intensive, action-packed two weeks with during this year’s Summer Camp.
We would therefore like to take this opportunity to introduce the key members of the Camp Team. Without exception, they are all either a) employees of Schloss Neubeuern who work on the boarding and/or educational side of the school and are fully committed to our educational values or b) committed, enthusiastic former pupils who distinguished themselves in a variety of areas during their time at Schloss Neubeuern.
Angelika Kowal, Camp Coordinator and Boarding Supervisor
Angelika Kowal is 33 years old and the mother of a 13-year-old daughter who is a pupil at Schloss Neubeuern. She is mentor to our youngest group of male boarders and shares the role of Head of Trüper House with her husband, Christian Seigis. Angelika can’t wait to meet the participants in this year’s International Summer Camp, and looks forward to two exciting weeks packed with both fun and challenges.
Christian Seigis, Camp Coordinator and Boarding Supervisor
Christian Seigis is 35 years old and a keen sportsman. Originally from Lower Saxony, he shares the role of Head of Trüper House with his wife, Angelika Kowal, and is responsible for a group of male boarders in Years 9-11. He expects this year’s camp to be another unforgettable experience shared with a diverse yet close-knit group of “Summer Campers”.
Alexander Betz, English
Alexander Betz is a long-serving member of the teaching staff at Schloss Neubeuern, where he specializes in English, History and Social Studies. He is also extremely interested in technology, taking every opportunity to add to his knowledge by reading about or testing the latest innovations. He can also be found pounding the local trails on his mountain bike or practising riffs on his electric guitar. Alexander is looking forward to welcoming another group of enthusiastic participants to this year’s International Summer Camp, where he will be guiding the English group through two weeks of fun, creative lessons.
Susanna Hennes, German as a Foreign Language
Susanna Hennes adopts an enthusiastic, dedicated approach to her roles on both the teaching and boarding sides of Schloss Neubeuern. Having already spent five years as a mentor to a group of our boarders, the graduate teacher of German as a Foreign Language joined our teaching staff as a member of the International Department at the start of this school year. Her familiarity with the many facets of the daily routine at Schloss Neubeuern enables her to both empathize with all our schoolchildren and respond to the needs of international pupils. She is a certified yoga instructor and gives courses for young people and adults in her spare time. Susanna can’t wait to meet the participants in this year’s Summer Camp.
Lea Meixner, Mathematics
Lea Meixner is both a Mathematics teacher and the school’s educational psychologist. Her roles enable her to combine her interest in the subjects she studied at university with her enthusiasm for working with young people. She firmly believes that school life should not just be a matter of fostering pupils’ abilities and challenging them to improve – it should also be fun! Whether in her role as an educational psychologist or just as a friendly face, she is always available to listen to pupils’ worries.
Susanne Schörghuber, German
Susanne Schörghuber will be teaching German at the International Summer Camp and is looking forward to the exciting projects she has planned for her pupils. During term time she is responsible for German, Latin and Media Education at Schloss Neubeuern, and takes great pleasure in enriching her lessons with a variety of media and technologies. Her creativity and motivational teaching style are sure to delight pupils at this year’s Summer Camp.
Barbara Steils,German as a Foreign Language
Barbara Steils is the long-serving Head of the International Department at Schloss Neubeuern. She studied German as a Foreign Language, Spanish and Biology in Munich before beginning her career at the Goethe Institute, where she was responsible for preparing or examining students of all levels from A1 to C2. Her experience with multinational classes at the Goethe Institute played an invaluable role in the establishment of the International Department at Schloss Neubeuern, where her work focuses on the provision of language assistance to international pupils all the way through to their Abitur.
Barbara is originally from North Rhine-Westphalia and has two daughters.
Lars Christopei, Robotics
Lars Christopei has lived at Schloss Neubeuern with his family since 2005. He is currently guiding a group of boys towards their Abitur in his capacity as a mentor. He is also Head of the NAO Cyberbotics Guild, which has already taken him and his team as far as India during a project funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. Lars loves a challenge – and is always up to it! Whether in his roles as Head of the Party Committee, Drinks Shop Manager, Father Christmas or the host of large school gatherings, his spontaneity, talent for organization and DIY skills are always in high demand!
Tim Fertinger, Coding, MR, 3D-Printing
Tim Fertinger studied Business Informatics and is one of our IT administrators. He is a self-proclaimed technology geek and is fascinated by anything that can be programmed. He also has a longstanding interest in augmented, mixed and virtual reality. Tim is responsible for delivering our exciting Coding for Kids project for Year 5 pupils.
Tim Heyer, Video Project
Tim Heyer has now been a mentor at Schloss Neubeuern for five years, his main role being the supervision of boarders. He is also responsible for a wide range of projects involving anything from technology to humans or animals. The fact that he has a young dog means participants in this year’s Summer Camp will be quick to remember him and slow to forget him! He will be in charge of the Video Project and looks forward to meeting his group of budding filmmakers.
Benedikt Käufl, Theatre Projekt
Benedikt Käufl teaches German, Social Studies and History. Although his main area of focus is the teaching of democracy to pupils at Schloss Neubeuern, he also attaches great importance to the availability of opportunities for young people to try things out for themselves. He is therefore excited to be supervising the school’s Drama Group this year – and would be delighted if it included some of this year’s Summer Camp participants this time next year!
Reinhard Käsinger, Sport and Adventure
Reinhard Käsinger teaches Sport and Geography and is also a qualified golf and tennis coach – not to mention a keen mountaineer. Equally at home in the winter and the summer months, he will accompany you for a range of outdoor pursuits and other activities at a variety of locations around Schloss Neubeuern. Reinhard is also the best person to ask about the history of Schloss Neubeuern.
Francesca Peklo, Sport and Adventure
Francesca Peklo teaches German and Sport at Schloss Neubeuern. In addition to her role as Head of Sport for the Middle and Upper schools, she also puts her heart and soul into a variety of sports guilds that bring her into close contact with pupils of all ages. Her dedication to sport has enabled Francesca to become adept at a variety of ball games, yet it is outdoor pursuits such as mountaineering, skiing and kayaking that are her real passion – and one she is keen to pass on. Having competed at a high level in both kayaking and field hockey, she is aware of the excellent opportunities for personal development that sport offers, and aims to excite, motivate and inspire her protégés wherever possible. Her duties at the Summer Camp include the co-organisation of evening events, with water sports generally playing a prominent role – from kayaking courses for beginners or advanced paddlers to dragon boat training on the beautiful Simssee.
Maya Kiegele, Camp Counselor
Maya is 17 years old and grew up near Heidelberg. She has now been at Schloss Neubeuern for five years and is due to leave with her Abitur this summer. Maya plans to study with school friends in Munich before embarking on a career in event management. Maya is both extremely reliable and a good listener. From action-packed excursions to an evening of fun and laughter at Schloss Neubeuern, Maya is up for anything and can hardly wait for the Summer Camp to arrive.
Vladimir Makarov, Camp Counselor
Vladimir arrived at Schloss Neubeuern as a Year 10 pupil in 2015. He is due to complete his Abitur this summer and plans to go on to study International Business Administration. A native of Russia, Vladimir speaks 5 languages and expresses his passion for music on the guitar, piano and with his outstanding singing voice. No campfire is complete without him! Vladimir is delighted to be taking part in this year’s International Summer Camp.
Uli Oslislo, Camp Counselor
Uli is 18 years old and from Bavaria. His school career at Schloss Neubeuern began when he joined us as a Year 10 pupil in September 2015, and he is therefore due to gain his Abitur this summer. He intends to spend time abroad before enrolling at university. He possesses excellent social and interpersonal skills, and is always on hand to provide help, ideas and guidance. He was therefore a natural choice when it came to the selection of our current team of pupil representatives. Uli is a keen gymnast and artist, and his talents in both areas are sure to delight and inspire all camp participants. Uli is really looking forward to this year’s International Summer Camp, which he sees as an opportunity to show participants how he came to know and love life at Schloss Neubeuern.
Florentien Zimmermann, Camp Counselor
Known as “Flo“, Florentien is a 17-year-old Bavarian who has now been a pupil at Neubeuern for four years. She leaves us with her Abitur this summer and hopes to go on to study medicine. Her commitment to a variety of social and sporting activities combines well with her happy-go-lucky attitude, and cemented her selection as a member of our current team of pupil representatives. Flo loves a long chat and a good laugh, and can’t wait to introduce all the fun and excitement of Neubeuern to participants in this year’s Summer Camp.