Management Team

Our work relies on qualified, highly motivated and experienced teaching staff. We employ German and English native speakers with varying educational biographies and experiences, especially where bilingual learning is concerned.

They all share excellent, in-depth training and enthusiasm for their profession and for working with children. All our teachers are familiar with the Phorms concept and regularly attend both internal and external professional development. This enables us to keep our educational approach at a consistently high level.

Andre Beinert, Head of School

Andre Beinert is a Mathematics and Physics teacher (TU Dortmund) and also has obtained a Master's degree in school management and quality development (CAU Kiel) as well as a Certificate of International School Leadership (PTC, London). He comes to Phorms Munich from Singapore, where he was previously Head of the German Section and Vice Principal of GESS for 12 years.

Patrizia von Möller, Managing Director

Patrizia von Möller has been part of the management team ever since the Phorms Campus Munich was founded in 2007/08. She studied International Economics at Passau University and at the European Economic Academy E.A.P in Paris, Oxford and Berlin. After she had obtained her diploma, she worked as project manager and Head of Administration at different companies in Germany and abroad.

Bastian Becker, Deputy Head of Secondary School

Bastian Becker has been at Phorms Gymnasium in Munich since 2013. After his studies in economics and geography in Bayreuth, he completed his Referendariat (teacher in training) in Altdorf near Nuremberg. During the two-year apprenticeship, he taught at high schools in Augsburg and Burghausen. 

Benjamin Bohn, Deputy Head of Secondary School

After graduating from high school, Ben Bohn first studied business engineering before discovering his passion for teaching and school. Then he studied English and Geography at the University of Augsburg and spent a year in Canada as part of his studies, where he worked as a ski instructor, among other things. He has been working for Phorms as a Gymnasium teacher since 2012 and has been the Upper School Coordinator since 2014.

Lilian Feninger, Head of Primary School (in parental)

Lilian Feninger trained as a “European Teacher” at the College of Education in Freiburg, a course of studies focused on teaching at bilingual schools. While still at school, she spent a year in the United States and returned there to gain her first professional experience as an assistant teacher. Before being promoted to Deputy Head and later to Head of Primary School, she taught as class teacher at our Primary School for several years.

Katharina Schmelzle, Deputy Head of Primary School

Katharina Schmelzle studied Primary School Education at the Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd. During her studies she spent a semester abroad in New Zealand and completed internships in two different schools in Vermont, USA. The topic of her thesis was “Benefits and challenges of bilingual teaching”. Katharina Schmelzle has been working for Phorms since 2012, first as class teacher and since 2022 as part of the leadership team of the primary school.

Martina Luber, Deputy Head of Primary School (acting)

Martina Luber studied Elementary Education at the University of Regensburg and completed her “Referendariat” in the Oberpfalz. After several years of teaching in the Bavarian government system, she has spent the last four years teaching in the USA. For Phorms, she came back to Munich in September 2022 and has been working as a Deputy Head of Primary School since 2023.

Sheryl Finkbone, Head of Crèche & Kindergarten

Sheryl Finkbone is originally from Chicago (USA). After completing bachelor degrees in Psychology and Political Science, she worked in an American Montessori kindergarten before travelling through Europe. Her experiences in Europe drew her to return the following year and she has called Munich home since 2000. She joined Phorms Munich in 2008 and has worked in the Kindergarten and Preschool groups, completed her Master’s degree in Education. In the kindergarten year 2018/2019 she took over the role as Head of Crèche & Kindergarten.

Theresa Ilmberger, Deputy Head of Crèche & Kindergarten (acting)

Theresa Ilmberger was born in Munich and completed her education as a kindergarten teacher in Munich. She has been working for Phorms since 2017, first in the crèche then in the kindergarten. Since August 2023 Theresa Ilmberger supports the management team as Deputy Head of Crèche and Kindergarten.

Katharina Rilling, Deputy Head of Crèche & Kindergarten (acting)

Katharina Rilling grew up in a suburb of Munich. After graduating from school in Munich, she studied Social Work in Nuremberg and then worked for 4 years in the socio-pedagogical field of a school. She has been working for Phorms in the preschool since October 2021. This year she took over the position of the Deputy Head of Crèche and Kindergarten together with Theresa Ilmberger.