Suzan E. Weishof

Dr. Suzan Weishof initially joined the International School of Hamburg in 1995 as a teacher, later transitioning to Counselor and Head of Learning Support. Following a sabbatical to complete her PhD in Educational Counseling, Weishof returned in 2003 and was appointed Junior School Principal in 2010. Weishof’s experience gives her a sensitivity to the linguistic and cultural challenges of the students from over 50 countries who attend ISH, which offers an English medium education to a population of approximately 750 students speaking 23 different native languages. She spearheaded a Literacy Development Plan for students in grades K- 5, involving a four-year transition from a traditional to a research-based, differentiated model with professional development including literacy coaching, peer observation, and training in standardizing assessment practices. With less than 25% of ISH’s students native English speakers, Weishof also integrated inclusion services for ELL students. She serves as a key figure in learning support, administering diagnostic and achievement tests and has transformed academic programming for greater coherence to better address the ideals of international mindedness. Through her meticulous preparation and tireless commitment, she recently led the entire school through a successful re-accreditation process. Weishof holds a B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s University, a Master’s in Educational Counseling from California State University, San Bernadino, and a Ph.D in Educational Counseling from the University of North Texas.