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Counselling

social and emotional stability and resilience

The ISZL Counselling Team is committed to following best practices to empower students to discover and achieve their potential as lifelong learners. ISZL Counsellors promote a positive school climate through a holistic and responsive programme in support of the current and future well being of ISZL students.

Teachers at ISZL understand the need for students to have social and emotional stability and resilience. Our students are treated respectfully in safe and secure educational settings so that they can maximise their learning potential. ISZL campuses have counsellors on their staff who are trained to support the needs of students with behavioural, social or emotional needs that affect their ability to operate successfully in school.

ISZL Counsellors also support the academic programme by providing input into classes where their expertise enhances the delivery of the topic. All students belong to homeroom classes (Primary and Middle School) or tutor groups (High School) where homeroom teachers or tutors provide students with care and support as necessary.

Meet Our Team

Monika Birimac

Monika Birimac

Monika joined the counselling teams at ISZL in August 2019. In the two years that Monika has been at ISZL she has been a tireless advocate for student wellbeing. Her passion for child protection and student safeguarding has led to many changes in policies and procedures which ensure that ISZL is, and will continue to be, invested in the welfare of our students. Recently, Monika has engaged in further studies in Positive Education which allows her to further proactively support our students. Monika’s students describe her as a kind and caring counsellor who connects her counselling advice to personal experience. Monika took over the peer coaching programme this year, supporting our students as they transition into ISZL. We wish Monika well as she transitions to Seoul and continues with her studies in Positive Education.

Sara Bresnahan

Sara Bresnahan

PS and MS Counsellor

Javier Garcia

Javier Garcia

PS & MS Counsellor

Stephany Herzog

Stephany Herzog

Counsellor, Zug Campus

Erin Tewsley

Erin Tewsley

Erin joined the ISZL High School in August 2017 as a member of the social-emotional counselling team. During her four years at ISZL, Erin has immersed herself in the school community, finding ways to connect with her students outside of the counselling office. Erin was a mainstay of the track and field coaching team and oversaw the peer coaching programme which was integral in helping our new students transition into High School life. Erin joined the Grade 9 Croatia PDW twice and was a member of the PDW team that travelled to Laos in 2018. Students describe Erin as a counsellor who not only listens but who shares strategies and resources for self-growth. Erin is a passionate advocate for inclusion and was a member of the ECCO and DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) teams during her time at ISZL. Erin’s unwavering commitment to student wellbeing will be missed.

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