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Grace Landgraf

KG – Kindergarten German Learners, Saturday

Grace Landgraf was born and raised in Saint Louis. She graduated early from high school in December of 2018, to pursue her career in interior design. Starting off as a student in 2013, she then transitioned to TA in 2015 and has been teaching ever since. She loves working with the younger classes and letting the kids learn German through interactive activities and songs. She enjoys cooking, crafts, and playing with her two dogs.

 

Caroline Strauß

KG – Kindergarten German Learners, Saturday

 

Nadine Harlow

KB – Kindergarten Bilingual Students, Saturday

Nadine Harlow is from Sennfeld, Germany. She went to a specialized academy for pedagogy and got her teaching degree in 2010. Before moving to the USA with her family in 2014, she was a Kindergarten teacher in Schweinfurt, Germany. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children and regularly travels back home to Germany.

 

Tristan Druelinger

A1.1 Children Class, Saturday

Tristan Druelinger is studying to teach German and English as a Foreign Language. He has previously worked as a Teacher’s Aid in Day Care and as an English Teacher in Heidelberg, Germany. He also works as an After-School Care counselor at a Montessori School in the Saint Louis area. He has known that he wanted to be a teacher since high school. He is also interested in researching educational strategies in the classroom, such as the teaching of foreign language with the use of manipulatives. He is very excited to be your child’s teacher this year and to be a part of the Saturday School Family.

 

Eric Hasselschwert

A1.2 Children Class, Saturday

Eric Hasselschwert is originally from Toledo, Ohio and has taught German in public and private schools for 30 years. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in German Language and Literature from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and also studied Germanistik at the Universität Salzburg. He just retired from the Kirkwood School District. In his free time, he enjoys model building, traveling, bowling, singing, playing the bassoon and working out in the gym.

 

Astrid Block

A2.1 Children Class, Saturday

Astrid Block is from Grevenbroich, Germany. She holds an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management. In addition to German, Astrid also speaks English, French and Italian. Her interests and hobbies include gymnastics and running.

 

Inka Nisinbaum

A2.2 Children Class, Saturday

Inka Nisinbaum was born in Oldenburg in Germany. In 2009 she and her family moved to the USA. She holds a M.S. in Psychology from the Heinrich-Heine University of Duesseldorf and is a published author in Germany. Her interests and hobbies include reading, spending time with her son and running.

 

Stefan Landgraf

B1 Children Class, Saturday

Stefan Landgraf was born in Germany and grew up in Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein. He has lived in Hermannsburg, St. Peter Ording and Lüneburg. Stefan is certified as an Industrie Kaufmann and has an M.B.A. in Social Economics. He speaks German, English and French. His wife is from St. Louis and they have six children. Stefan worked previously in sales, as a National Sales Manager, but has been the General Manager of StoneTrends LLC, since 2006. Stefan started teaching the A1/A2ha children’s class at the GSA in 2013 and became a board member in 2016.

 

Russ Leonard

A1.1 Adult Class, Saturday

Russ Leonard graduated with a degree in German Studies from Montana State University in Bozeman and has also studied Education at Washington University in St. Louis. He now lives in St. Louis where he grew up. In addition to German, Russ has also studied Latin, Homeric Greek and Italian. In addition to teaching, Russ works as a musician and composer.

 

Christian Schütz

A1.2 Adult Class, Saturday

Christian Schütz is originally from Koblenz in Rheinland-Pfalz. He graduated with an M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches an advanced German language class and an introductory seminar on German literature at the University of Missouri in Columbia during the fall semester in 2019. He is looking to apply for PhD programs in the USA and hopes to make research and teaching his profession. In his free time, Christian enjoys hiking, cooking, and gardening, among other less pastoral diversions.

 

Laura Weis

A2.1 Adult Class, Saturday

Laura Weis comes from St. Louis and holds B.A. in German and a BFA in Musical Theatre. She studied at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. She started learning German at North Kirkwood Middle School and Kirkwood High School. After her graduation from KHS, she took a gap year and lived with a host family in Graz, Austria, on an exchange year with the Rotary Youth Exchange. This past year, Laura worked for Bethel in Bielefeld, Germany, where she worked with senior citizens with mental and physical disabilities.

 

Cary Miller

A2.2 Adult Class, Saturday

Cary Miller studied Education and Germanistik at Illinois State University and Salzburg College, earning a B.A. She also has an Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Cary has taught German at the high school and junior college levels at various schools in the St. Louis area for the past 25 years during which time she has traveled extensively to German speaking countries, with her students. In her free time, She likes to swim, ride her bike and travel, whenever she gets the chance.

 

Carmen Freeman

B1 Adult Class, Saturday

Carmen Freeman is from Heidenheim in Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland. She holds a Ph.D. in Food Technology from the Technological University of Munich-Freising, and spent 9 years working for an international company making flavors for food. Since 2003, Carmen has been teaching at the German School and has also served as its principal. She is currently the adult lead teacher. In addition to English, Carmen also speaks French. Her favorite hobbies are gardening with native plants, practicing the guitar, reading biographies and knitting.

 

Maryska Suda

B2 Adult Class, Saturday

 

Daniela Rudeau

C1 Adult Class, Saturday

Daniela received her bachelor's degree in Slavic Studies in 2014 from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She is a passionate linguist and speaks in addition to German, Croatian and Slovenian. In 2017, she started her master's in Germanic Languages and Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is writing a thesis about the usage of German textbooks in the USA. In her free time, she loves to paint and enjoys long walks with her dog.

 

Eric Hasselschwert

A1.1 Adult Class, Thursday

Eric Hasselschwert is originally from Toledo, Ohio and has taught German in public and private schools for 30 years. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in German Language and Literature from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and also studied Germanistik at the Universität Salzburg. He just retired from the Kirkwood School District. In his free time, he enjoys model building, traveling, bowling, singing, playing the bassoon and working out in the gym.

 

Marie Keath

A1.2 Adult Class, Thursday

Marie Keath learned German while living in Cologne, Germany where she was completing a Business Internship through the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft. She holds a BA in German, post-degree Teaching Certification, and a BS in Business Administration. She taught German to Middle Schoolers for 12 years at Ladue Middle School and is currently selling real estate and flipping homes. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, Pilates and home improvement projects.

 

Cary Miller

A2.1 Adult Class, Thursday

Cary Miller studied Education and Germanistik at Illinois State University and Salzburg College, earning a B.A. She also has an Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Cary has taught German at the high school and junior college levels at various schools in the St. Louis area for the past 25 years during which time she has traveled extensively to German speaking countries, with her students. In her free time, She likes to swim, ride her bike and travel, whenever she gets the chance.

 

Dennis Krueger

A2.2 Adult Class, Thursday

Dennis Krueger comes from St. Louis and holds B.A., M.A. and PhD degrees in German Literature. He studied at Notre Dame University, St. Louis University, the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, and at Northwestern University. Dennis taught German at the college level for eight years and is fluent. He is a retired potter, amateur furniture maker and is interested in Archaeology, Paleontology and the history of Science. Dennis has 7 stepchildren and 13 grandchildren.