Our school coaches for the primary school are
Jennifer Hohenschläger (B.A., B.Ed., English as a Second Language, Special Education Teacher)
Jennifer Hohehenschläger grew up in London, Ontario, Canada, she has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. In addition, she has qualifications from the University of Western Ontario (now known as Western University), in teaching Special Education and English as a Second Language. Before she moved to Germany, she was the Executive Director of SARI Riding for Disabled in Arva, Ontario. There she gained valuable experience working with children who had physical, emotional and psychological disabilities.
For the last 23 years, Mrs. Hohenschläger as been working as a classroom teacher in Canada and Germany for students ranging in age from 4 to 25. Since 2012, Mrs. Hohenschläger has been working at the Josef-Schwarz-Schule, where she has taught all elementary grade levels. In January 2020, Mrs. Hohenschläger achieved a life long goal of becoming a School Coach at JSS Erlenbach. She loves working with children to help them reach their full potential. Over the years, she has supported students with ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, as well as other social and emotional challenges. She enjoys thinking outside the box and finding solutions to her students. She believes in fostering an environment where every child is given a chance to shine and become their best self.
Rachel Bradshaw (M.Sc. Schulpsychologie)
Rachel Bradshaw studied Psychology (B.A.) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before moving to Germany in 2012. She worked in early education for almost 4 years before obtaining her Masters of Science in School Psychology at the Universität Tübingen in 2019. During her studies, she interned at the Schulpsychologische Beratungsstelle in Ludwigsburg where she conducted psychological assessments, co-led a behavioral training, and advised children, parents, and teachers on various topics including ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, giftedness, school-readiness, social/emotional needs, and behavioral interventions for the classroom. She also worked as a research assistant at the Hector Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology, gaining further experience in educational assessment, instructional quality, and measuring attention-related classroom behaviors. At JSS, she loves that being a school coach allows her to get to know each child on an individual basis, while using a strength-based approach to unlock their potential. Furthermore, she wants each of our students to feel appreciated for the uniqueness they have to offer.
Dr. Saraswathi Ramasamy (M.Sc. Psychology)
Saraswathi Ramasamy has her doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Mannheim. Her doctoral research focussed on the effects of instruction, feedback and assessment on students’ learning and motivation and Ms. Ramasamy is keen on applying the outcomes of her research in educational contexts.
Ms. Ramasamy has her master’s in educational psychology from Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich and her master’s in counselling psychology from the Women’s Christian College, Chennai. She has worked with children with a wide range of abilities and challenges. Specifically, she has worked with children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD and autism and has extensive experience counselling parents of children with difficulties. Ms. Ramasamy has also closely worked with teachers and conducted workshops for them on identifying and intervening children with learning difficulties, emotional needs of children in school and classroom management. Additionally, Ms. Ramasamy has also conducted seminars and workshops for university students on educational and developmental psychology.
Ms. Ramasamy is passionate about working with children, advocating for them and facilitating them in learning and growing.
Our School Coaches are able to identify any need for support or counseling at an early stage due to their close proximity to educators and children.
The School Coaches have a wide range of tests at their disposal, can provide parents with targeted advice and develop individual support plans. Support needs can be identified early, allowing School Coaches to work preventively before the need becomes a problem.
Moreover, our School Coaching is available to meet with parents regarding parenting issues. In addition to students and parents, the School Coach Office is also a point of contact for staff within the Josef Schwarz School to assist with educational, social or emotional issues.
The Care Team provides companionship and counseling for loss, grief, death, separation and illness. The team is also responsible for our Oasis. The Oasis is a place of retreat, where the Care Team offers various activities for students, teachers and employees of the school.
For questions or personal concerns, your contact person is Hermine Baur-Ihle, religion teacher and school chaplain (firstname.lastname@example.org).