GISS Learning Diversity Team

The GISS Learning Diversity Team plays a key role in ensuring that the specific needs of students with diverse learning and support needs are met.

Our team employs a collaborative and consultative approach so that classroom teachers and the students themselves and their parents or carers are actively involved in decision-making.

Our team:

  • supports teachers in identifying and responding to the diverse learning needs of students
  • works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to support assessment for learning of their students with diverse educational needs and identify specific learning, support and extension needs
  • plans, implements, models, monitors and evaluates personalised adjustments for learning where required, with the classroom teacher, student and/or parent or carer
  • designs and implements the supports required to build teacher capacity so that all students access quality learning
  • develops collaborative partnerships within the school, with parents and carers, and other professionals in the wider community 

Composition of our Learning Diversity Team

Our Learning Diversity Team is made up of a team of individuals spanning from primary school up to secondary school and IB. We come with varying specialisations in different areas, which makes our team dynamic and able to cater to a range of learning needs, including support for specific learning difficulties and catering for gifted and talented students.

Meet the Learning Diversity Team

Jutta Bussche

I hold a degree in Special Education from the University of Kiel in Germany. Over the past 13 years, I have worked as a German Teacher, Learning Support Teacher and Primary School Teacher in Australian schools. I have completed additional training in teaching gifted students, students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties. At GISS, I support Primary School students with a variety of learning needs, including gifted and talented students. I can be contacted here.

Karen Wondratschke

I am a Special Education Teacher and I have been working for over 16 years with primary and secondary students. I have a Certificate in Developmental Therapy/Teaching as well as a Certificate in German as a Foreign language. I have completed many workshops on various topics e.g. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ASD, Anxiety and teaching students with PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). At GISS, I support Secondary students with inclusive needs and cooperate closely with their teachers and parents. I am very happy to be part of our Learning Diversity Group, it is a great opportunity to benefit from each other’s expertise and as a result to support our students even more effectively. I can be contacted here.

Pia Hofmann

I have been working as a full time Primary School Teacher for over 15 years. When working in Germany, I taught English to German students, now I teach German to English speaking students. I have a Certificate in German as a Foreign language as well as a Certificate for Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties. I enjoy supporting students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia and collaborating with our Learning Diversity Group at GISS. I can be contacted here.

Rachel Hennig

I am a Primary School Teacher with 14 years of experience teaching from Kindergarten to Year 4. I have a Certificate in Learning Difficulties and English as an additional language and I possess specialised training in the Initialit Program, which is an explicit and evidence-based literacy program for the foundational years in K-2. As well as my keen interest in providing exemplary literacy instruction to young students, I am also interested in supporting students with Specific Learning Difficulties, such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and ADHD, of which I have completed many workshops on these topics. My role in the team is to support students that present with diverse learning needs in English. I can be contacted here.

Ulrike Miehle

I am a trained social worker, counsellor and talk therapist and have been working in the area of mental health for over 20 years.

I work full-time at GISS, mainly with secondary students and if required, I am also involved with primary school students in the areas of emotional development, behavioural challenges and mental health. I work closely with students, teachers, and parents and if necessary, consult with and refer to external specialists and organisations. I am an active member of the learning diversity group at GISS and our ongoing aim is that we collaborate holistically and effectively with all involved in order to best support the students with inclusive needs and mental health challenges. I can be contacted here.