Directors

Katja Maike Braun, School Director

Katja Maike Braun was born and raised in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She studied Geography and German letters at the University of Tübingen, where she received her Teaching Certificate For Higher Education, followed by two teaching periods at two Higher Education Colleges (Gymnasium) in Tübingen.
In 2012, after ten years of teaching experience – and numerous further education courses, one of which was for becoming a drama teacher – Katja joined the School Administration of the French School, a newly founded community school in Tübingen.
Inspired by both her studies in School Management and a multilateral ERASMUS project, she decided to join the Ecole as of the summer 2017, together with her son Sven. What Katja particularly appreciates about working at the Ecole are the exciting and challenging aspects of living and working in an international, multicultural and committed community. In her free time she likes reading, travelling, baking and walking, and she enjoys the breathtaking panorama of the Hasliberg.

Michael Schreier, Director of Residential Life

Michael grew up in Gerlafingen, Switzerland, and studied elementary education in Solothurn. After completing his studies, Michael served as a counselor in a home for at-risk students near Olten, and then taught as an elementary and secondary school teacher at several public and private schools in Switzerland. He joined the Ecole d'Humanité eleven years ago as a teacher and family head, becoming Dean of Students in 2009. Michael was promoted to Director of Residential Life in 2017. He also administers the Ecole's career pathway program for Swiss students. In 2010 Michael completed a Masters of Advanced Studies in School Management at the Luzern School of Education. Michael enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, and pan pipes. Improvisational theater and juggling are additional passions.

Dr. Elisabeth Wäschenfelder, Dean of Academics, CH Program

Elisabeth grew up in Germany, and studied Biology in Darmstadt and Berlin. After working for a year as an editor in a film production company in Dresden, she earned a PhD at the Free University of Berlin and did research at the German Primate Center in Göttingen. During her time as scientific researcher, Elisabeth also taught students at the University of Göttingen and earned certification in University Educational Theory. She has worked at the Ecole d'Humanité since 2010, teaching Biology in the Matura program. In 2011 she became Dean of Academics for the Swiss school program.

Elisabeth Wäschenfelder lives at the Ecole with her husband and her daughter, who was born in 2011. In her free time she loves being with her family, reading, going on walks with her dog, and playing the violin.

Roman Jaschok, Assistant Dean of Academics for the Swiss Program

Roman attended the Rudolf Steiner School Birseck near Basel, where he developed a lasting enthusiasm for nature, foreign cultures and traveling. He studied biology and geography at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg i. Br. and completed the seminar for didactics and teacher training in Weingarten. From 2001-2007 he taught at public high schools in Baden-Württemberg. In 2007 he worked temporarily as an advisor at erlebnistage.de in the Bavarian Forest and soon found his way to the Ecole. Currently he offers biology and geography courses, prepares students for their Matura examinations, and shares his interests with students in the afternoon program (indoor hockey, meditation, birdwatching), In 2017 he took over as the Assistant Dean of Academics in the Swiss system. He lives at the Ecole with his wife and two sons. In his spare time he volunteers for the Swiss Birdwatching Organization, and enjoys cycling or hiking through the impressive Hasliberg landscape.

Sylvan Levin, Dean of Academics, US Program

Sylvan came to the Ecole from San Luis Obispo, CA, USA. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a BA in African-American Studies and History, Sylvan worked for nearly a decade with teenagers through AmeriCorps, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and running a teen center. He returned to school at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for both a Teaching Credential in Social Studies and a Masters degree in World History and Environmental History. He received awards for excellence in graduate work in History and served as co-editor of an award-winning student journal of history. He taught Geography, US Government, AP World History, and AP Human Geography at a private college-preparatory school for ten years before moving into an administrative role as Dean of Faculty working on professional development, student support, and school accreditation.

Sylvan loves the outdoors, yoga, playing guitar, reading about global current events, and cooking and eating good food. The move to the Ecole fulfilled two of Sylvan’s longtime goals of living internationally and promoting progressive education. He lives at the Ecole with his wife and two daughters and is thrilled to have landed in a beautiful corner of the world with all the adventure that comes with living in a dynamic community like the Ecole.

Emily Strahler, Assistant Dean of Academics, US Program

Emily is originally from Michigan in the United States, but most recently lived and worked at a boarding school in Maine. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Masters in Education Leadership from Teacher's College at Columbia University. She has taught English, EFL and Social Studies and also worked in Admissions and Residential Life. Emily has led service learning trips to Puerto Rico, coached the 4-time Maine State Champion Ultimate Frisbee team and established a Global Studies Certificate Program. Emily joined the Ecole with her husband and two sons. She loves the outdoors, dancing, cooking, and writing, and appreciates that these hobbies can be a regular part of her life at the Ecole.