My name is Christine Gehres, and I have worked at the GSLW since 2003. I am a German native, and completed part of my university studies in Germany. I have also worked in Germany until I came to the US as an expatriate. I founded the Mommy & Me program with another mother in 2006. I have substitute taught various levels and have taught the second grade for the full-time. More recently, I taught an adult beginner class. I am the current principal of GLSW, and help out wherever necessary. I have had to learn the English language as a foreigner, and understand what GLSW students experience when learning German as a foreign language. I have also served on the GLSW board as Vice President when GLSW was stationed at our previous location of Berkley School. I was glad to step in as principal when the need arose in 2016.
My name is Axel Maus and I have been teaching at GLSW since 2019. I grew up in Bad Hersfeld, Germany and currently teach the adult classes Intermediate II and III. I like to incorporate political and historical discussions, role plays in my teaching as well have students learn how to write and present essays to their classmates.
My name is Elisa Cordero and I have been teaching at GLSW since the fall of 2018. I grew up in Germany and moved to the US after I completed my masters degree in education. My entire family still lives in Germany. I currently teach the pre-K class, level 2 and summer camp. I like to incorporate a lot of hands on activities, fun projects and quizzes in my teaching.
My name is Kirsten Fahrenbach, and I have worked at GLSW since fall 2017. My father is German, and I grew up bilingual. I received German Education and Instrumental Music Education bachelor's degrees from UW-Madison in 2009 and 2010. I currently teach the Mommy & Me class at the GLSW. I enjoydoing lots of singing, group activities, and crafts with my students.
My name is Melanie Karakoc, and I have been teaching at GLSW since 2019. I was born and raised in Germany and my family and I plan on living in the States for a few years before returning. I currently help teachthe Pre-K and Kindergarten classes at the GLSW. I like to sing, dance, and read books with the children.
My name is Margarete Lorch-Denicola and I have worked for over 20 years at the German School. My parents and family come from Germany & Austria. I attended the University of Konstanz in Germany and received bachelor’s degrees in Economics & German. I currently teach Kindergarten 1 & Kindergarten 2 at the GLSW. I enjoy incorporating games, activities, music, crafts and stories in my teaching.
My name is Heidi Schmidt Vehmas, and I have been teaching at the GLSW since 2008. Both of my parents were immigrants from Niedersachsen, Germany and spokeGerman in our home. I still keep in touch with many relatives in Germany. I currently teach levels 1.1 and 1.2 at the GLSW. I enjoy teaching hands on activities, conversational games, and songsto my students.
My name is Anita Altinbas and I have taught at GLSW since 2017. I was born and raised in Switzerland and am currently a help teach level 1. I believe in a fostering playful learning and incorporate fun and creative activities in my teaching. I believe in creating a comfortable and safe learning environment so students can also build strong friendships with their classmates.
My name is Sarah Tüllmann and I have been teaching at GLSW since the spring of 2017. I was born and raised in Germany and I currently teach levels 3 and 4. I incorporate lots of hands on activities that makes learning fun.
My name is Beate Buchmann and I have been teaching at GLSW since 2010. I was born, raised and educated in Frankfurt. I still have many family and friend connections. I currently teach class level 4/5 and my students and I like to laugh, sing, and learn German in individual creative ways.
My name is Gabriele Polacek and I have been teaching at GLSW since 2014. I grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, and moved to the US for business. After working for German business companies in NYC for many years, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Education at Montclair State University. I currently teach theolder children beginners and Level 6 at the GLSW. I like to incorporate games that use the German language, German videos like “Das Deutschlandlabor” andtraditional German stories into my teaching.
My name is Gamze Altintas and I have been teaching at the GLSW since fall 2019. I was born in Germany and lived there until I was 9 years old. In 1997, I received my bachelor’s degree “German Language Teacher Education” at “Istanbul University in “ Istanbul, Turkey . I worked 15 years long as a German Teacher in Privat Schools in Turkey...And now currently teach with the Level 2.1 and Level 7 students at the GLSW. My motto is; “ Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning “
My name is Antje Ballin and I have been teaching at GLSW since 2014. I grew up in Germany and went to school in Essen, Germany. I currently teach the intermediate and advanced adult levels at the GLSW. I like to include lively discussions on current events, student presentations, and German literature in my teaching.