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GPSSD School Board

Peter Teriete, D. Phil., President

Dr. Teriete, originally from Krefeld, Germany, pursued his academic carrier in the UK with a bachelor's degree from the University of Leeds and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in biochemistry and biophysics. He moved to San Diego in 2005 to pursue his research interests at the SBP Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla in the field of chemical biology and novel cancer therapies.

Throughout his carrier Dr. Teriete has been involved in teaching and tutoring. He has worked with students from middle school to undergraduate levels at tutoring colleges in Oxford as well as a supply teacher at Bruern Abbey School, Oxfordshire. The challenges and advantages of raising children in a bilingual environment is something he cares deeply about.


Karin Boye, Vice President

Karin Boye is a founding member of GPSSD.

Karin grew up in Hamburg, Germany, and came to the U.S. in 2001. 27 years ago she received her teaching credentials via her education to become a pastor. Ever since she used a variety of resources and materials for all age groups in many classroom settings. Her last teaching assignment came through the language training and cultural service provider Global LT, so until recently Karin taught German to a group of car designers at the Mercedes Benz Research Center, Carlsbad.

In her real life Karin is an intentional interim, consulting congregations during a time of vacancy and helping to determine strategies, mission and vision. Teaching is one of her passions.

Living with her husband and four cats in Northcounty, Karin is also the pastor of the German Church in San Diego.


Paul Williamson, Treasurer

Mr. Williamson is responsible for all acquisition and financing activities at True Craft Residential. Prior to True Craft, Mr. Williamson was a partner at LWI Properties where he developed Redstone at SanTan Village, a 382-unit luxury apartment community in Gilbert, AZ. Prior to LWI, Mr. Williamson was Vice President of Finance for JPI Companies. At JPI, Mr. Williamson managed over $600MM in real estate debt and equity investments. Prior to JPI, Mr. Williamson was a member of the investment teams at Archstone-Smith and BRE Properties where he was involved in over $500MM in multifamily development and acquisitions.

Mr. Williamson is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a BA Summa Cum Laude and an MBA from University of California, Irvine. He is a co-founder and current President of the UC Irvine Real Estate Alumni Association, and is a member of the San Diego CFA Society. Mr. Williamson is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.


Uli Imhoff Heine, Secretary

Uli Imhoff Heine is a passionate, results-driven nonprofit management professional with more than 20 years of experience in the health and development industry, mainly at PCI, a 55 year old NGO committed to enhancing health, ending hunger and overcoming hardship worldwide.

A native of Germany, Uli holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Cologne, Germany, and spent part of her graduate studies as a DAAD scholar at the University of Texas, Austin. Uli graduated from LEAD, a preeminent regional leadership program. She has served on various internationally focused non-profit Boards, including those of the World Affairs Council and the United Nations Association, and currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Classy and the World of Children. With professional experience working in Cologne, Washington D.C., New York and San Diego, Uli thrives on connecting people and resources to enhance health and development globally.

Uli resides in Del Mar with her husband and two teenage boys.


Wiebke Elbe, Principal

Wiebke Elbe is co-founder of GPSSD and has been the director since November 2013. Born and raised in Northern Germany, Wiebke and her family moved to San Diego in 2003. She lives with her husband and two bilingual children—a high school and a college student—in North County. Wiebke holds an advanced degree in pharmacy and a California teaching credential. She is a teacher with heart and soul, has extensive experience and loves teaching all levels from pre-K through adults.

As director Wiebke puts all of her energy into the school. Because of her background as a scientist, she enjoys organizing many science and art oriented extracurricular events for her students, as well as the school's innovative full immersion summer camps.


Dr. Angela Miller

Dr. Miller began her academic studies at Georgetown University where she earned a Bachelor degree in French and a minor in Spanish. Awarded a Health Professions Scholarship by the United States Navy, she went on to attend Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in her hometown Nashville, TN. Upon graduating from dental school, she was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Navy and completed a one year residency in advanced education in general dentistry at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC. Dr. Miller had a variety of experiences as a Navy dentist to include a deployment tour on the USS Kitty Hawk in Yokosuka, Japan where she provided dental treatment to active duty sailors and aircrew. After 8 years of honorable service, Dr. Miller concluded her active military service at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA and transferred to the US Navy Reserves where she continues to proudly serve. She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the San Diego Dental Society. Dr. Miller has taken extensive continuing education courses focusing on the dental management of older patients.

After years of military moves and living abroad, Dr. Miller and her family have settled in San Diego and are happy to call it home.


Christine Johnson

I grew up in the "wild Swabian south" of Germany close to the beautiful Schönbuch nature park that was just selected as the "German forest of the year 2014"! After attending university in Tübingen and Stuttgart my career in business brought me to San Diego in 1995. A temporary project assignment turned into 19 years of living in San Diego, a wonderful American husband, and the blessing of a bi-lingual daughter and son. My children and their schooling inspired me to pursue a second career in education. I am a certified Montessori teacher who would like children to "see the world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour." (William Blake) It is my privilege to share the beauty and depth of the German language and culture with your children.