Born in Reutlingen, a town in southern Germany, I received my M.A. from the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen and started my career as a television journalist. In 2000, I followed my husband to Portland. While volunteering with refugee families, I discovered my love for teaching. We moved to Chicago where I earned my teaching certificate. After teaching German to high school students, I accepted a position at an international school in Erlangen. There I taught German to native and foreign speakers and became an examiner for the IB organization. I was especially fascinated by the way an international school motivates students to engage in inquiry, action and reflection on local and global issues across the curriculum. Last summer my husband and our two sons moved yet again to Portland. We are a true bilingual family -with the exception of our dog, who only understands German commands and is crazy about sauerkraut. In my free time I enjoy reading and dragon boat racing. As the PYP Coordinator I am looking forward to help guide GIS into the next phase of becoming an international school.
Learning at the German International School
Designed for children to play, explore, and discover in a safe, nurturing, hands-on environment.
Children continue their journey by connecting their personal experiences into classroom learning.