Metropolitan School Frankfurt’s School Leadership Team combines over 40 years of leadership experience across all school areas of teaching and learning, curriculum, human resources and strategic development.
Peter Ferres is the Director, founder and shareholder. He developed the school’s pedagogical concept and has led Metropolitan School Frankfurt as Director since its foundation in 2007. Mr Ferres completed his a educational studies (PGCE) at the Institute of Education, University of London and has taught in inner-London primary schools and in Germany. His pedagogical experience is complemented by more than 20 years of management experience in the field of international banking, where he held managerial positions in international banks in Frankfurt and London. His passion is teaching and helping children to develop their full potential.
Tara Francis has a Bachelor of Social Science with a double major in Psychology and Environmental and Geographical Science and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. With over 15 years of teaching and leadership experience across Africa and Europe, she is a mathematics specialist with having worked with students from Grades 1 through 8. In addition, she is a visiting team member and has recently undergone team chair training, for the Council of International Schools (CIS), where she accredits international schools throughout the world.
Cornelia Donner has served on the Advisory Board of Metropolitan School Frankfurt since 2007 until becoming Secondary School Principal in 2016. She has over 30 years’ experience in secondary education, primarily in the United States where she headed the Bryn Mawr Secondary School in Maryland. In 2005, she became the founding Head of the Berlin Metropolitan School, now one of Berlin’s top international schools. In 2011, Mrs Donner moved to head up the Berlin Bilingual School, which serves the international community of central Berlin.
Nadine Henkel is the Early Years Leader at MSF since 2011 and is responsible for the pedagogical leadership and daily organization and coordination of the division. As a member of the MSF’s Senior Leadership Team, Mrs Henkel helps guide the direction and development of the school. She joined MSF at its inception in 2007 as a teacher for German as an Additional Language, and served also as the Child Protection Advisor working closely with the state authorities. Prior to coming to MSF, Mrs Henkel worked for the City of Frankfurt as a Kindergarten Teacher and taught English as an Additional Language at the Adult Education Centre in Coburg. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Social Management from the University of Coburg, and devoted a year after her formal education volunteering in a Children’s and Youth camp for schools. Mrs Henkel is fluent in German and English and has basic knowledge of French. She has two children, one in the MSF Primary School and the other one in the Early Years.
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