Our teachers’ caring, nurturing approach brings out the best in children. All of our core classroom teachers have native or near-native fluency in the languages and cultures they teach, and have received their education in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. They hold a teaching degree from an accredited U.S. or German institution and are additionally trained to be sensitive to American culture and customs.
All of our teachers and assistants meet education and experience requirements appropriate to their position, as required by the Child Care Division of the State of Oregon.
Our grade school classroom head teachers hold a MA equivalent teaching degree (first and second State Examination or equivalent) from a German speaking country.
Our preschool and Kindergarten teachers have an average of 10 years experience as Head Teachers, hold Early Childhood Education Diplomas from a German speaking country or have an equivalent U.S. degree.
The German American School regularly conducts professional development training for teachers and assistants. Early Childhood Teachers and Assistants (preschool and Kindergarten) are required by the Child Care Division to take a minimum of 15 training hours per year.
As one of the seven North American German Schools Abroad (Boston, Montreal, New York, Portland, Silicon Valley, Toronto, and Washington DC), GSP staff regularly participates in regional and international conferences and seminars.
Our staff maintains current certification in basic First Aid and CPR, and staff involved in the preschool snack program also maintains current Food Handler certification.
State of Oregon criminal background checks are completed on each employee of the German American School, regardless of their level of child contact. New employees residing in Oregon less than 18 months at hire are required to be fingerprinted and nationally screened.
My dedication to bilingual education dates to my days as a camper, counselor, and dean with Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. I am continually excited and inspired by the positive effect learning another language and culture has on a child. I joined GSP in 2003 and have devoted my efforts to increasing the school’s support from the local community and the German government, improving the program, and promoting sustainability. The school has become a model for German Schools Abroad in North America and around the world. I am actively involved with the American Association of Teachers of German and have served on its Executive Council. Recently, I co-authored Gute Idee: A Handbook of Good Ideas for Teachers of German from the Waldsee German Language Village. Born in Michigan, I graduated with degrees in German, Education, and Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College. I also earned a Master of Arts in German Languages and Literature from Ohio State University. During my undergraduate studies and later as a Fulbright Scholar, I had the opportunity to live and work throughout Germany. My wife, Sharon, and I enjoy living in Portland with our two sons, Nathan (a GSP first grader) and Jeffrey (a GSP preschooler).Contact Blake
I was born in Mannheim, Germany. I graduated from Berufsakademie Mannheim with a Bachelor of Science degree and over the next few years worked as human resource manager for companies such as Microsoft and IBM. In 1998 my husband and I moved to Portland where I continued to work for IBM until our daughter was born. I discovered my love for teaching and earned my master in elementary education degree as well as an ESOL (English as a second language) endorsement. Over the last few years I have also spent time volunteering with SMART (start making a reader today) and have taught Art Literacy at my children’s school. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, run and try all kinds of new things. I am looking forward to another great year at the German American School and am excited about the opportunity to help students discover their love and appreciation for different cultures and languages. Contact Stefanie
Born in Chicago, I've lived in Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas, TX. I moved to Portland in 1990 and officially call it home. In 1997, I received my Bachelors Degree in Management & Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. My background includes accounting and office management. I also have experience with non-profit organizations both as a professional and a volunteer.I enjoy being part ofthe GSP community! In my spare time, my daughters and I enjoy games, letterboxing, and camping. I also enjoy reading, crocheting and scrapbooking. Contact Jackie
I was born in northern Germany where I studied Mathematics and French at the Pädagogische Hochschule and the University of Kiel. After receiving my teaching license for students ages 10-16, I continued studying to combine my teaching degree with a career in business and computer science. I attended the Wirtschaftsakademie in Kiel and graduated with a degree in Business. In 1996 my husband, our then three-year-old daughter and I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I joined the German American School. During the past fourteen years I have been teaching third, forth and fifth grades in various combinations and working in the administration. As Assistant Head of School I spend a lot of time both working with the teachers on schedules, materials and curriculum development as well as with correspondence with Germany. Contact Heike
I am a native of Portland and a graduate from Portland State University. I majored in Child and Family Studies and have spent the last 13 years running and managing childcare facilities in the “for profit” and “not for profit sectors”. I love to travel and spend a lot of time in England with my husband’s family. Outside of work I enjoy reading, visiting new local parks with my son, and have taken up growing my own vegetables as a way to teach my son where food comes from. I am looking forward to working with your family. Contact Elizabeth
Having grown up in the Midwest, I’ve been exposed to the German language all my life. My mother spoke German at home, and starting at an early age I attended the Concordia Language Villages German immersion camp each summer. That experience accelerated my enthusiasm for the German language and culture. Eventually I joined CLV’s summer staff as a counselor, and later as the business manager, a position I’ve held for the last five summers. I held a similar position at the German American Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota while studying at the University of Minnesota. As a student, I spent a wonderful year at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, and a semester at the Università degli Studie di Firenze in Florence, Italy. After completing my BA in Germanic Cultures and Italian at the University of Minnesota in 2010, I moved to Portland to join the staff as a preschool assistant. It’s been a terrific two years with the preschoolers, and I’m looking forward to serving in my new position as GSP’s Administrative Assistant. Contact Monika
I was born in Luckenwalde, Germany, and attended the Realschule in Jüterbog, Germany. Right after I finished school I started my adventure as an Au Pair in Ohio for 15 months where I met my husband. After my husband finished his overseas tour, I moved to Vilseck, Bavaria, Germany, where I attended Central Texas College Europe and studied Early Childhood Education. In 2010 we welcomed our wonderful daughter to the world and I put my degree in hold. After another successful overseas tour, we made the decision to leave the military and move to Beaverton, Oregon. Before coming to GSP, I worked as an infant and toddler teacher in a local preschool in Beaverton.
I love working with children because children don’t judge you who you are, love you as you are, make you smile every day, have the ability to make you laugh and cry all in the same breath, and let you remember to have mindless fun. Contact Katja
I am a proud Prussian (but wanna-be Bavarian) who was raised in Cologne, Germany. In 1984 I finished my State Exam in Social Pedagogies and Psychology and have worked in this field since then. I’ve worked in Amsterdam, Holland as well as in Oxford, England and in different areas of Germany. I worked with severely handicapped children, terminally ill children, orphans, abused children, and children with learning disabilities—from 0-18 years of age and from a variety of different cultures, languages and religions. In 1990, I was working with 3 -6 year olds in a Kindergarten in Augsburg, Germany, where I also held classes for preschoolers in gymnastics, TPR, music/art and gave guitar lessons. After four years of being the Principal, my husband, my two children and I decided to move to the United States of America. Since August 2001, I have been teaching preschool in the German American School of Portland, Oregon. Contact Carolin
Born in Cleveland Ohio, I’ve called Oregon home since 1999. An active musician since my father began teaching me piano, I eventually ended up at Seattle Pacific University for my undergraduate work in Music Education. It was there that I met the love of my life and partner in parenting. My wife and I moved back to Portland in 2005, and I’m currently teaching piano lessons in North Portland, grade school music and piano lessons at GSP, and completing my MA in Teaching at Concordia University. My favorite styles to play: Romantic piano literature, Blues and Rock, anything by Ernesto Nazareth (Brazilian Tangos). Contact Nathan
I was born in California and raised all over the United States because my dad was in the Navy. I have always had a love of teaching, so I started teaching preschool in college. I graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a multiple subject teaching credential. Following graduation, I moved to Houston, Texas to teach 4th grade. After one year in Houston, I married and moved to Munich, Germany where I spent two years teaching Kindergarten at an international preschool. We then ventured to Milpitas, California where I also taught Kindergarten. In 2011, we made the decision to move back to Oregon to be closer to family and prepare for the arrival of our first child. In my spare time, I love to travel, read, scrapbook family adventures and spend time with my family! Contact Karen
Although I love living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I’m secretly a cheese head at heart. Born and raised in Wisconsin, my parents sent me to a German immersion camp in Minnesota when I was in 6th grade. I fell in love with the language, and have been speaking it ever since! I studied Elementary Education and German at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. After graduation, I taught second grade at the German immersion school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2003, a Fulbright Grant allowed me to live and teach for a year in Leinefelde, Germany. After that, I decided to make Portland my home and started working at GSP. In my free time I enjoy dancing, hiking and camping with my dog, Frankie, and of course, reading! Contact Heidi
I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. After completing my A-levels (Abitur) I began my teaching career with very young children, utilizing my degree in Early Childhood Education. Having worked for some years in a private kindergarten, I received an additional certificate to teach First Grade, which is where I stayed for about 10 years. Wanting to broaden my teaching experience I studied English, German and Mathematics at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin where I received my 1. Staatsexamen (First state exam). I then interned at a private comprehensive school (First Grade through High School) where I remained even after receiving my 2. Staatsexamen (Second state exam) until I applied for foreign exchange teacher at the ZfA (Central Office for German Schools abroad). I seized the opportunity to get to know the Europaschule (European School) in Brandenburg, near Berlin, working as a substitute teacher there until I had the good fortune to be able to join the staff at GSP! I look forward to teaching class 1b and enjoy reading, swimming, riding, traveling and making new, exciting experiences in my spare time. Contact Renate
I am a Portland native and a graduate of the University of Redlands, where I majored in International Relations and studied German. I studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, where I first discovered my inner Wanderlust. Since then I have lived in three different countries and traveled to over thirty. I taught English to adults in Korea, worked as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Linz, Austria, and most recently taught English to children in Shanghai, China. I also obtained MA degrees in International Affairs from American University and Korean Studies from Korea University. I’m a big fan of German culture and music; and I’m very excited to work in a bilingual environment with young learners. In my free time I enjoy being with my wife, spending time in the outdoors, photography, reading, running, and playing sports, especially tennis. Contact Alec
I was born and raised in a little town in Bavaria and have been in the States for 25 years now! When I was pregnant with my first child I started to study at PCC. I earned an AA degree in Early Childhood Education in 1991. For several years I worked at Mountain Park Playschool, first as a preschool teacher, and then as the head teacher for their school age program. After I had my second child (Nanni) I started my own childcare business. When Nanni turned five I accepted a position teaching here at the German American School. I taught Preschool for four years and have been teaching in Kindergarten for the last eight years.I'm curently working on my Masters of Teaching.Contact Kati
I was born and raised in Oregon, though I spent several years living and traveling to various places around the world before returning to Portland last year. My first encounter with the German language was in middle school while my family spent a semester living in Vienna, Austria. I continued to study the German language throughout high school. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma Christian University in Elementary Education and International Studies. I was fortunate enough to return to Austria for several additional semesters through a study abroad program during university. I taught in the public school system in Oklahoma City before moving to Ghana, West Africa. I spent the two years teaching English and Social Studies at an orphanage school in rural Ghana. I moved back to Portland to begin a graduate program at the University of Portland.I am working on my Master’s in Education (M.Ed) with an endorsement in Reading and ESL. I am excited about another year with the students and families of GSP! Contact Chelsea
I was born in Nürnberg, Germany, and attended the Gymnasium there and the Höhere Handelsschule. In 1969 I moved to Portland, OR, where I attended college. I have been involved with a Spielgruppe my children attended and later on volunteered in the classrooms of the German Saturday School of Portland and for the past two years I taught the full immersion class for 4-7 year old children. I also volunteer for the Beaverton Art Literacy Program, as well as in my children’s and grandchildren’s classrooms here in Beaverton. My family and I enjoy camping, hiking, gardening and are involved with soccer, golf and other sports. Contact Susi
I was born and raised in a small rural town in western Germany (Saarland). After I received my Certificate in Early Childhood Education I worked as a Kindergarten teacher for almost 20 years. In 1992 my husband and I decided to move to the US. From 1997-2005, I taught Preschool and Kindergarten here at the GSP. After working four years at the front desk, I realized how much I missed being more involved with the children. As a result, I will be the assistant for this year's Eulen class and am looking forward to being back in the classroom. Contact Gertrud
I was born in Berlin but raised in Halver, a small town in the wonderful Sauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Early on I knew I wanted to become a teacher, so I started helping in several sports groups for children of the skiing club Halver. Once I finished my trainer license for children and youths, I was in charge of two groups aged 3-6 and 6-10. I also love to play music and was a member of the Märkisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, a regional youth symphony orchestra, where I played flute and was a part of the team in charge later on as well. After I passed my Abitur, I moved to Rostock, a beautiful city on the north coast of Germany by the Baltic Sea, where I currently study German, religious studies and English. I look forward to the next seven months being a part of GSP, sharing German culture and language, meeting new people and becoming acquainted with the American way of life. Contact Pia
I love nature, so it has been wonderful growing up in the Pacific Northwest! I was born in Portland and grew up with four sisters and one brother. My mother is Hungarian and I have German ancestry on my dad's side. In high school I was a nanny and balloon artist at restaurants. Afterward I attended BYU in Provo, UT and received a BS in Marriage, Family and Human Development with a focus in Family Life Education. Around this time I began working various jobs- an infant wobbler teacher for two years, an intern assisting with a Love& Logic class for drug addicted mothers and a cognitive skills trainer. I was a volunteer for my church in Madrid, Spain for almost two years and I have volunteered as a puppeteer for Kids on the Block. The past two years I have loved working for Vermont Hills Family Life Center at the German American School and I am excited to have the opportunity to now be a part of the staff for the German American School Extended Care program and hopefully pick up some German at the weekly class. My interests lie in art, dance, cooking, human development, nature, music, reading and just learning about the world-especially through the eyes of children. I love to see their excitement as they play and learn. Contact Noel
I was born and raised in a small town in Thuringia- the so called green heart of Germany. After school, I moved to Berlin to attend university and experience a big city atmosphere. After some experiments in choosing classes at university (law, French literature, and European history) I finally found where I definitely belong: elementary school education, German language and literature. After graduating, I worked at a school where I completed my Referendariat (traineeship). At this school, the development of social skills we regarded here as highly important. Various age groups were combined in grades 1-3 and 4-6 and students would stay in one group, no matter how different their achievements were. Students were able to learn together from first grade thru tenth or even twelfth grade. To be part of the introduction of this approach of mixing grades helped me a lot in developing a concept of how to teach. I came to Portland with my husband and we are looking forward (and already enjoyed) hiking and spending time at the beach. I also love to read and to cook. I am looking forward to an eventful and exciting year! Contact Kati
I was born in Portland, OR where I was a part of a playgroup of children whose parents all had the dream that their children would grow up bilingual. Later this same playgroup planted the seed for the German American School which I attended until I moved Walla Walla, WA in 1996. There I continued to learn German with the help of au pairs and students at “Germanhaus” on the Whitman College campus. In the summer of 2007 I participated in a high school GAPP exchange to Reutlingen, Germany. After graduating from high school, I attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA where I double majored in Art History and German. I am so thrilled to return to GSP as an assistant in the Drachen classroom. Contact Julia
I was born and raised in Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, a college town in Northwest Germany. After graduating from High School I spent six months as an Au Pair in Dublin, Ireland, then moved back to Oldenburg to study at the Carl von Ossietzky University, where I received my first state exam. I spent my student teaching years in Hamlin. I moved to Portland in 1994 and taught at the German American School from 1995 to 2000, and then moved back to Germany. My husband and I decided to make Portland our permanent home and we returned to the states. In 2006 our son Henry was born, and after staying home with him for three years, I returned to the German American School of Portland. Now we are both attending the school. I love Oregon and the great outdoors here and I enjoy gardening, reading, travelling and of crafting. Contact Imke
I was born in the Black Forest and grew up on the Schwäbische Alb in southern Germany. After the Abitur, I went to work in New York for a year, but then ended up staying there and getting married. In 1989 I graduated from SUNY Purchase School of the Arts with a BFA and have been working in the Graphic Arts field since. Volunteering in teaching art in classrooms at the public school level taught me the joy and fun to work with kids in an art environment. Art is exciting to teach since everybody is an artist and there is no "right" or "wrong". And, as I like telling the kids, art is everywhere around us and all the other subjects are also a part of art class. I am looking forward to another year of learning about artists and their work, and looking closely at the art of cultures around the world. Contact Iris
I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. After the Abitur, I studied at the Pädagogische Hochschule Berlin, with emphasis on Psychology and English as a foreign language. My first Staatsexamen allowed me to teach from first to tenth grade. After an 18 month internship at an elementary school in Kreuzberg, I received the second Staatsexamen. During my studies and the internship I was very involved with the Turkish culture. At the same elementary school, I was also a homeroom teacher and taught a variety of subjects in grades one through six. I moved to the United States in 1982 and have lived in Florida, Connecticut, Tennessee and now, Oregon. I have been teaching at the German American School since 1996, working with Kindergartners, first and second graders. My interests include literature, theater, travel, cross stitch, and spending time with family and friends. Contact Rita
I was born in California, raised all over the country, finally settling in the Pacific Northwest. I received my undergraduate from Humboldt State University in Wildlife Biology emphasizing in Environmental Ethics and Communication. Some of my past work history includes, Educational Coordinator for the Wright Wildlife Refuge, Naturalist for the Oregon Zoo, Recreational Leader for the Blue Lake and Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Departments, and until recently an After-School Teacher through VHFLC at the German American School of Portland. I am looking forward to being an official part of the GSP team, since they have already welcomed me into their family. Currently I am working on my Masters of Zoology Science Education, through Miami University. It is a Global Field Program, which encourages international travels for firsthand experiences with inquiry-driven education, environmental stewardship, and global understanding. And the best part is you bring all this back to the classroom to promote awareness of global and local conservation issues. I truly enjoy introducing children to the natural world and learning together how we can be the difference the world needs. Contact Ashley
I was born and grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, where I began my career as an elementary school music specialist. My spouse and I moved to Oregon in 2000, and I became the director of Music Together West in 2004. In addition to teaching Music Together, I have been the Beginning School Music Teacher at the Catlin Gabel School since 2006. I was introduced to the German American School in 2004, and have, on occasion; lead an evening of American Folk games with the first and second grades. I am excited to teach music with the preschool and Kindergarten at GSP. I am a registered MusicTogether(R) and Musicgarten(R) (Cycle of Seasons) teacher, and hold Orff Schulwerk certification, level 1. I also sing with the Oregon Chorale. Contact Rhonda
I was born and raised in Giengen a. d. Brenz, a beautiful part of Germany called Schwabenländle. As a teenager I enjoyed working with younger students, so deciding on what to do as a profession was easy: education! I studied to become an elementary school teacher in Freiburg im Breisgau. After completing my teacher training in Ulm I enjoyed working at several schools, one of which was in Berlin. After my second son was born, my husband, the kids, and I moved to Portland in June of 2012. I look forward greatly to teaching one of the most exciting subjects of all: physical education (P.E.) at GSP this upcoming school year. I will give my very best to make this a wonderful and fun time we all can have together! Contact Sarah
I am what they call a “Fischkopf“ back home – someone who hails from the very north of Germany. When I was nine I left Hamburg, my city of birth, and moved close to Liverpool, England for two years. There I fell in love with The Beatles, Liverpool Football Club, and the English language. Back home in Germany I started coaching basketball at the age of fifteen and realized my calling: I wanted to work with kids. I studied Sport Sciences and English at the Free University of Berlin and stayed in this vibrant metropolis to complete my “Referendariat“ (teacher training). I also obtained certificates for teaching German through the Goethe Institute. My wife, who is American, and I moved to the U.S. in 2005. After fifteen months in Detroit we landed in Portland and the magnificent Northwest, a place we now proudly call home. (Even the rain doesn´t bother us too much, for both Hamburg and Berlin can be very grey and wet, too). I spent the past four years with the Beaverton School District. Now I am very excited about and intrigued by being a member of the great bilingual and bicultural learning community that is the German American School of Portland. Contact Tobias
My husband, third grade son and I are excited to be spending our fourth year at the GSP! A native of Oregon, I spent my first 20 years of life in the Portland area before venturing to Seattle Pacific University, where I earned my B.A. degree in Communication. I continued my education at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, earning a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. After graduation, I had the wonderful opportunity to live in Germany for two and a half years, where I worked for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools at Bonn American Elementary School, in the Special Education Department. Upon returning to the U.S., we spent three years in Texas and five years in Coos Bay, Oregon, where I taught at Blossom Gulch Elementary School. We then relocated to northern Idaho, where I took four years off to raise our, now eight year old, son, Christian. Through a lucky twist of fate we were able to return to the Portland area and were fortunate enough to become a part of the GSP team. Contact Shannon
I grew up in the small village of Beienheim, Hessen and finished my education as staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin at the Wingert School of social pedagogy in Friedberg, Hessen. I taught preschool and kindergarten at the German American School of Portland many years ago at both the Dosh and Sylvan locations. More recently I taught 1st and 2nd grade at the German Saturday school. I moved to Oregon in 1995 and have lived in Colton (between Estacada and Molalla) since 1996. I have 3 children, Emily (18), Sam (14) and Lucas (11). After taking time off to raise my family, we are all ready for me to go back to what I enjoy greatly, teaching. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to be part of the school again and am looking forward to teach the Elefanten preschool class. In my free time I like to read and work around in my garden. I enjoy walking and being outdoors. Contact Liane
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I was lucky enough to lay down roots in the Pacific Northwest by attending Lewis & Clark College, where I graduated with a BA in German, Russian and Gender Studies. During my course of studies at LC I spent one year studying at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany, and after graduating was excited to return to Europe with the Fulbright Commission, this time to teach English in rural Styria, Austria. After two years in Austria I was ecstatic to have the chance to come back to Portland and work as the Grade School Assistant at the GSP. I am thrilled to be back in my second year here at the GSP and am very much looking forward to working with all grades in various subjects, as well as being able to continue working with the Pre-School classes in Second Step and working with Kindergarteners in DaF (German as a Second Language)! When school’s not in session, you’ll probably find me in the northern woods of Minnesota working at Waldsee, a German-immersion summer camp, but I also enjoy traveling, bowling, reading and generally taking advantage of all that Portland has to offer! Contact Peter
Born in Bochum, in the Ruhr Valley, I did a masters equivalent in Biology and P.E. at the University of Karlsruhe and continued my teacher education for two years in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe and finalized it successfully with the second German teacher’s exam. I began teaching grades 11 to 13 at the Gymnasium in Waldshut-Tiengen and was transferred to a Gymnasium in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart. In mid 1991 I followed my husband to Switzerland where I taught at a Kantosschule in Luzern for three years. From there we moved to the West Coast where I taught German at an Elementary School in Lake Oswego for Grades one to five for several years. After seven years, my family and I had to move back to Erlangen (Bayern), where I was again teaching Biology and P.E. at the local Gymnasium. Returning to the US in 2006, I picked up where I left off in 2001, enjoying the Pacific Northwest with my husband Roland and my children Anna, Julia and our twins Paul and Benjamin. We love to hike, ski, play tennis and soccer and walking our dog Luna. Contact Christiane
Hailing from the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, my love for German culture was sparked at the age of 5 by my wonderful German au pair.Her friendship inspired me to start learning German in high school and motivated me to spend the summer of 2006 in Hannover, Germany where I participated in an international YMCA summer camp exchange.I continued studying German when I moved to Portland in 2008 to attend Lewis & Clark College. My language learning culminated in year-long study abroad experience in Berlin, Germany where I attended classes at the Humboldt Universität.While in Berlin, I was also lucky enough to land an internship at the Kleks Grundschule where I assisted a wonderful group of 5th graders in their English classes.Although my introduction to German language and culture came from a rather unexpected place, it has been the source of some of my fondest experiences and most valued friendships.After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology in May of 2012, I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to work in an environment that incorporates my passion for German culture as well as my desire to pursue a career in education.I am excited begin my first year at the GSP by assisting Liane Rask in the Elephanten classroom! Contact Gillian
I was born and raised in Bonn, the former Capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, in North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). During school I attended the German Scout program (St. Georgs Pfadfinder) and became an international scout leader. I enjoyed the challenging work with children. After my A-levels I decided apply for business studies at the “Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg”. The desire to become a teacher became clear through the Scout program and the exciting work with children. I moved to Paderborn and started my studies for elementary level education at the University of Paderborn. During this time I had the chance to go to Australia as an exchange student for one year. In 2007 I passed das Erste Staatsexamen (first state exam). I continued my teacher training in Wipperfürth, close to Cologne. There I completed my studies with das Zweite Staatsexamen (the second state exam). For two years I worked as a substitute teacher in different primary schools in the Rhine Area. My interest in different cultures and the cultural exchange with children are the major reasons why I applied to work for the German American School. In my free time I like to travel, do artwork, go skiing or rowing, play Ultimate Frisbee, read a good book and simply make the most of my experience living in the United States for the first time. I´m looking forward to a challenging and interesting year in Portland. Contact Anke
I was born and raised in a small town in Bavaria. There I met my husband and in the summer of 1994 we moved to Olympia, Washington. After taking a short detour to West Virginia, we finally landed here in Oregon in 1998. After actively working as a volunteer at my daughter’s school, I decided to find a career in Early Childhood Education. I found working with children to be the most rewarding, challenging and fun profession, that I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Since 1998 I have been working with children, ranging in ages from two – six. I feel very honored and proud to be part of our wonderful GSP community. Contact Daniela