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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.

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.

Svenja Albers-Prigandt

Svenja is a real 'Northern Light', born in Lübeck and raised in Itzehoe close to the North Sea. She earned her Abitur at Fachgymnasium at the Berufliche Schulen des Kreises Steinburg in Itzehoe with a Major in Physics and Electrical Engineering. After her Abitur she did an exchange year as an Au Pair on Jupiter Island, Florida, taking care of triplets. She then moved to Cologne to study Physics, Math and Geography to become a high school teacher. She taught at a Realschule for 1 year and at a Hauptschule for 2.5 years in Kerpen before she moved to the Chicago suburbs in 2012. She currently works as a tutor for Math, German, and special education. In her spare time she enjoys to go hiking with her diabetes alert service dog Emmi, playing volleyball, swimming, cooking, reading, and singing in the Cantores Community Choir. She is looking forward to start teaching at the German School Naperville.

Jasneet Kaur

My journey with German began as a hobby way back in the year 1998 when I first joined classes in the language and soon enough that was all I wanted to do! I went on to do my Masters in the language and also do the teachers training with the Goethe Institute. It is there that I learned to teach German as a foreign language. I taught at the Goethe Institute in New Delhi for about 5 years before moving to the US. I have had the privilege to teach here at the German Language School of Naperville for a couple of years some time ago and I am truly pleased to be joining it again. Meanwhile, I have also taught German for a couple of years at the Central High School and Middle School in district 301. I do enjoy teaching this language and I feel that I can offer a unique perspective to the students as I have also learned the language as a foreigner and can understand the challenges that non German speaking students can face!

Heide Bentley

Heide is a native German. After completing her pedagogy studies in Munich, she emigrated to the USA. In her 35 year career in the United States she worked at financial and marketing companies and she taught German at the Goethe-Institut Chicago as well as at a Public High School. Heide is happy to be back to teaching German at the Naperville German Language School.

Sandra Nelson

Sandra was born in a small town about 40 minutes west of Cologne and Bonn. She went to college to become an early childhood ed teacher working mainly with preschool aged children between 2001 - 2008. In 2008 Sandra entered the us to work as an Au-Pair for a family in Homer Glen during which time she met her husband. After a short time back in Germany she applied for a fiancee Visa,married in 2010 and moved to Warreville. Sandra has an almost 8 year old son and a 5 year old daughter who have attended German School for the past years as well. Her full time job is running a small in home daycare and she also works for the Warrenville park district 2 shifts a week. Sandra is excited to join the German language school teacher team and she's looking forward to take over the "Krabbelgruppe" for the upcoming school year.