Ralph Späni appointed as principal of the Swiss Gymnasium for new academic year 2015/16

As we have already announced, Mr Pfirter, the long-standing principal of our Swiss Gymnasium, will begin his well-deserved retirement at the end of the academic year 2014/15. Over the past months we have evaluated a variety of applicants for his position and have decided to appoint Mr Ralph Späni, born in 1971, from Meggen, Lucerne.

20 January 2015

Dear Parents, dear Students, dear ladies and gentlemen,

Mr Späni is currently the principal at the public schools in Baar, Zug. He brings leadership experience and holds the Swiss federal school leadership diploma of the University of Teacher Education in Lucerne. Furthermore, Mr Späni is qualified by the University of Teacher Education of Central Switzerland (PHZ) to instruct future teachers. After graduating from the University of Zurich (German, French, History), he gained extensive experience as a teacher and a class advisor, having also taught in adult education. As Head of Department for German, he was responsible for the qualification procedures at a vocational business school. Mr Späni is well versed in the most recent research regarding teaching, school development and school management. In his current position, he has established an extensive network with authorities in the Canton of Zug.

We are convinced that Mr Späni brings the leadership skills necessary to uphold and further develop the quality of education in the Swiss Gymnasium, together with its experienced team. With his comprehensive experience, he will also be able to contribute to the whole-school coordination and development as a member of the school leadership team.

Mr Späni will be introduced to the Montana team in late January and to our students in February. Throughout the remaining school year, Mr Pfirter will continuously support Mr Späni in getting acquainted with his new role. It is of the highest priority for Institut Montana that the transition in the leadership of the Swiss Gymnasium occurs smoothly. As of 1 August 2015, Mr Späni will officially take on his position.

We are very happy to welcome a well-experienced and trained principal to lead our Swiss Gymnasium. We wish Mr Späni a good and successful start at our school.

We thank you very much for reading this announcement and remain at your disposal should you have any questions.

Kind regards,
Institut Montana Zugerberg AG

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