What makes us special?

We are a community of learners who respect each others' rights to be part of a safe, democratic and caring environment.


  • Self-directed learning
  • Democratic empowerment
  • Mixed-aged learning
  • Low student-to-staff ratio
  • Wonderful outdoor facilities
  • Caring & cooperative environment
  • Highly motivated & experienced staff
  • No religious or political affiliation

We believe

In 2005, at the 13th International Democratic Conference in Berlin, Germany wrote the following resolution which we, at Glacier Lake School have adopted:


Our Staff

Ben Kestner

Ben has been a teacher & principal for 18 years in England, Germany and Belgium. He has been an advocate of alternative forms of education which focus on personalized and supportive approaches. He writes a popular blog and has co-organized TedXkids Brussels and was a speaker at TedX Brussels, the world's largest TedX event. 

Lisa Pavlock

Lisa has been a teacher and coach for 18 years in the USA, India, Germany and Belgium. She is a language specialist who led her department in a number of the schools in which she taught. She also enjoys coaching soccer and basketball teams at all different age levels. 

Support Staff:

Brooklyn Kittleson
Hope Litzinger

We believe that, in any educational setting, young people have the right to decide individually how, what, when, where and with whom they learn; to have an equal share in the decision-making as to how their organizations - in particular - schools, are run, and which rules and sanctions, if any, are necessary.