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ISB Student Support Department Philosophy
In partnership with the ISB Community the Student Support Department works to meet the diverse needs of every student to achieve their highest potential for success.
Meet Our Counseling Department:
The International School of Belgrade has three guidance counselors on staff. Throughout the year, counselors maintain close ties with teachers, principals, learning support staff, and ISB families to assist students in their academic and personal development. Counselors work on an individual basis, with groups and in classrooms to help students transition through the school. These services are not diagnostic or clinical in any way but are there as a support system to the ISB community.


Lance Paul
LS Counselor
(PreK- G5)
Lower School (PreK - Grade 5):
The lower school counselor supports students and their families in the process of enhancing social-emotional wellness and academic achievement. Students at ISB are continuously encouraged to look through the Primary Years Program (PYP) lens of inquiry to help them discover how their decisions impact their own well-being, the people they know, and their environment. The counselor uses team-based, proactive and solution-focused strategies to promote children’s decision-making towards success.


Betsy Dunnenberger
MS Counselor (G6-8)
Middle School (Grades 6 to 8):
The middle school counseling program supports the objectives of the Middle Years Program (MYP) by helping students develop thinking skills, global awareness, and becoming respectful, enthusiastic life-long learners. The counselor assists students in learning social, organizational and study skills through a variety of workshops and homeroom activities.


Karen Hafner
Karen Hafner
HS & University
Counselor (G9-12)
High School (Grades 9 to 12):
At the high school level, the counselor assumes two responsibilities: guidance and university counseling with the goal of supporting students in becoming self-reflective, academically successful, healthy, and responsible young adults. The counselor regularly meets with teachers to keep track of students’ academic, social and emotional progress. ISB is a college-preparatory school with an emphasis on academic excellence through the IB Diploma Program; therefore, the university counseling trajectory begins for our students in grade nine and follows a strategic continuum gaining depth and scope through grades ten and eleven.  The program culminates in the university application process during semester one of grade 12, whereby matriculation to a tertiary institution is the goal and expectation for each ISB student.