Appointment Notice – New School Principal

Hart Mauritz, President of the Vancouver Westside German School, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lidija Bakovic to the role of School Principal, effective June 1, 2016.    

Ms. Bakovic comes to the Vancouver Westside German School with an impressive mix of relevant academic, practical teaching and school administration experience, gained in both Canada and Germany. She holds a master’s degree in German as Foreign Language from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a master’s degree in German Literature from the University of Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, supplemented by further studies in related fields at the University of Munich, Germany, and the University Montreal, Quebec.  

Ms. Bakovic has been a long-time instructor for German as a foreign language (DaF) at a number of prestigious institutions, including the Goethe-Institut in Ottawa, the University of Montreal, an International Baccalaureat Programme in Québec, and several other programs for children and adults in Canada and Germany. As the Coordinator for the Goethe-Institut in Ottawa she gained substantial experience in managing a not-for-profit language institute, and she was responsible for curriculum development and implementation, teacher evaluation, course preparation, and implementation of exams at elementary, secondary and university levels. She also worked closely with the German Embassy and other community partners to organize diverse cultural events such as photo exhibitions, film screenings and book readings.  

The Board is delighted to have Ms. Bakovic join the Vancouver Westside German School in the important leadership role of School Principal. Ms. Bakovic will ensure the continued successful delivery and growth of German language programs for the community in metro Vancouver, and further build out the School’s position as a pre-eminent German language institution in Canada.  

Ms. Bakovic follows Ms. Christine Spreter who, after four years as Principal, has decided to pursue new career challenges. Christine took the helm of the School at a pivotal time of change; she has since then dedicated an incredible amount of energy to advance program quality and modernize its delivery. The Board is extremely thankful for her outstanding contributions and achievements, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.
The Vancouver Westside German School is a not-for-profit, charitable organization founded in 1992. It offers a premier after-school German language program and various levels of certification. The School serves over 200 students from K-12, both with and without previous knowledge of the German language; it has over 15 extremely qualified and experienced instructors. The Vancouver Westside German School receives partial financial support from the Federal Republic of Germany through ZfA, the Central Agency for Schools Abroad. For more information please visit