Nina Smentek DeBates
Preschool Teacher - Drachen
I was born and raised in Germany, where I worked with children of all ages since my teenage years in summer camps and Sunday schools. After I graduated school I went abroad for the first time to be a nanny in London, England and I realized how much I enjoy working with children. My time abroad made me fall in love with the English language and so I had to combine both passions. A few years later I received my teaching degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Biology. I started working as a middle school teacher in Krefeld, Germany where I stayed for six years until I moved to Oregon in 2016 to be with my husband. After moving to Beaverton I really wanted to resume teaching and began working at a local preschool until joining the GIS team.
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.