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Our teachers

Angela Jöstlein

Angela Jöstlein

Born in Berlin, Germany. Earned degree in Social Work at the Staedtische Hochschule Muenchen.
Moved to the USA in 1970. Started to teach German Language Classes for adults at Fermilab for scientists and their families. Taught a class on German Language and Culture to 6th graders in public schools. Was asked in May 1996 to take over the German Language School for DANK Fox Valley. During that time this school grew from a small number of students to over 120 students each year, offering many different classes, from small children to adults. Opened a second location to serve people in the West Chicago area. Hired and worked with several excellent teachers. Was selected for a Goethe Institute Scholarship for a two-week immersion Seminar in Goettingen (Germany). Presented talks on her teaching methods at large education conferences. Under Angela's tenure, the German Language School of Naperville became a PASCH member in 2012. Organized many extracurricular activities for her classes, e.g. visits to the Christkindlmarket, the Science and Industry Museum, participation in the Naperville Labor Day parade, plays, and musical performances. Certified in CPR and first aid.
Angela has received several awards through the years, the latest from ATG, the American Association of Teachers of German and the Klett - Langenscheidt Publisher, for her "initiative and extraordinary effort" through countless years, "promoting and teaching the German Language to all levels of instruction, from toddlers to seniors". Congratulations!
phone number: 630-355-8279
Anne Becker

Anne Becker

Anne grew up in Wuppertal/West-Germany, went to the University of Bochum and studied History, German Linguistics, German literature and Educational Science.  In 1993 the Becker Family (with two children) moved to the US. Due to her personal situation (two of her four children were born in Germany, two children were born in the US) she has always been interested in the bilingual aspects of learning and teaching German. Anne is especially familiar with the challenges and opportunities that come with a bilingual education.  She has been teaching at the German Language School of Naperville for more than ten years and as the result of attending educational workshops for language teachers regularly applies various new teaching methods in her classroom.  She also tutors German to high school students from both Naperville and Oswego school districts.

Annika Blencowe

My name is Annika Blencowe. I grew up near Leipzig (East Germany). I studied economy and worked for 17 years at a leasing company. I have been a competitive swimmer for several years as well as a trained swim coach and I applied this experience in my work with youth and adults. I moved with my husband and now 17 year old daughter to the US in 2013. I have also taught adult German classes at the College of Du Page. It was always my dream to teach German and I am looking forward to the opportunity to teach the German language and culture to the students at the Naperville German Language School.
Holger Becker

Holger Becker

Born and raised in Wuppertal (NRW), Germany, Holger earned a degree in German philology, historical science, philosophy and educational science as well as a PhD in linguistics from the University of Bochum, Germany. He has been working for a globally operating German chemical company since 1989, came to the U.S. on a job assignment in 1993, and is currently running a global profit center.

Francy McNamara

Newcomer in the fall of 2016 and very much looking forward to teaching the 6-year “youngsters” at German Language School Naperville. Francy has taught German for over 22 years; mostly the advanced students in grades 6-8 preparing them for the AATG exams each January and the ZfA test A1/A2 and B1. It’s not only been a pleasure to be teaching children the German language but has become a passion, besides other interests like skiing, kayaking, horseback riding, reading and writing and going on missionary trips to 3rd world countries lending a hand where needed

Melinda Beck

Newcomer in the fall of 2016, Melinda majored in Germanic Studies, receiving her teaching certificate from Indiana University, Bloomington. Over the years, she has taught high school German, was involved with German exchange programs, taught German college students and business professionals and lived in Cologne, Hamburg, and Mannheim. In addition, Melinda has worked for 17 years in the area of English Language Learning, both teaching and publishing ELL educational materials. Melinda’s own children have been attending the German Language School Naperville since 2008. Melinda is committed to teaching the German language and culture, and is excited to be joining the team as a teacher for the “Children age 4 and up” group.

Sabine Gadbaw - Mueller

Sabine Gadbaw-Mueller is a native to Germany, born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. She came to the US  13 years ago with her husband and her first child. Sabine has 3 children, Samuel 2 years old, Frederike  8 years and Elisabeth 13 years old. Sabine Gadbaw has 20 years of experience working with children in pre school, Kindergarten and after school programs. Mrs. Gadbaw loves to teach and is looking forward to teach the children at the German Language school.

Bettina Baur

Bettina was born in Heidelberg/Germany and raised in a small town near Mannheim/Heidelberg. She studied English and Spanish at "Englisches Institut Heidelberg" and earned a degree in economic correspondence in English and Spanish, as well as a translator degree in English. After working for ABB Kraftwerke AG Mannheim, she moved to the US in 1997. After a lot of moves within the US she ended up settling down in the Naperville area and has lived here since 2004. A newcomer to the German Language School Naperville for the 2017/2018 school year she is excited about teaching and has a lot of experience with kids through her own children ages 5 to 20. She is happy about this new opportunity and looks forward to meet your children.
Andrea Ebert-McNeill

Andrea Ebert-McNeill

Andrea Ebert-McNeill grew up near Passau in the beautiful Bavarian Forest. She used her training as a Correspondent and Translator to teach German to business people while living in Great Britain. She moved to Naperville 19 years ago with her son and daughter and worked at Argonne National Laboratory as Project Manager. She subsequently acquired a Masters Degree in Public Health Teaching and Health Management and taught online. She loves to teach adults and is very excited to join the German School Teacher Team to work with adult students.