Christoph Boris Frank
CB Frank started his teaching career in Asia as a member of the renowned German Swiss International School (GSIS), successfully representing the concept of One School-Two Systems by combining a German/Swiss and an English stream for the ultimate mutual benefit of both streams. "I think there is a message in here", he commented on this part of his biography.
Returning to Germany, he was principal of Waldparkschule Heidelberg with a student body from over 30 countries, before he was again bitten by the Asian bug, becoming a Head of Department in the German School Tokyo-Yokohama.
Last but not least - over the past eight years, he had the chance to contribute as a principal to the development of Elbinselschule in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. Newly founded as a public-private-partnership school, its groundbreaking new concept of a multicultural institution became a vital and vibrant part of the "Bildungszentrum - Tor zur Welt" and has also earned a reputation as one of the leading primary schools in Hamburg.
Despite Germany being his home country, Mr Frank's passion lies with Asia. So he jumped at the opportunity and applied for the principalship of GESM when it became available in 2018.
Having built up twice two schools almost from scratch under quite difficult circumstances, Mr Frank has the capability of seeing GESM's high potential and the energy and committment to realize it to its fullest extent.
His vision is a school that gives every child the support he or she needs to fully develop their personality and skills in all dimensions, especially intercultural understanding, languages, art and music. "Be different to make a difference" is his slogan for himself, and at the same time the message to his colleagues and the students of GESM. Rather unconventional is his approach to the academic direction of education: Being successful and realizing one's potential does not necessarily include studies at a university. The famous German model of vocational and professional training opens up perspectives for students who are skilled for practical tasks, which can be the basis of a rewarding professional career.
mg June 2019