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Angela Jöstlein

Angela Jöstlein
Director

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
napergermanschool@gmail.com
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
Sara Wolfersberger

Sara Wolfersberger

Sara Wolfersberger is beginning her 10th year of teaching German in District 204. Sara studied German in high school, during which time she attended a summer Honors Program for high school juniors in Krefeld, Germany (a program through Indiana University) where not a word of English was allowed, and which allowed her to become highly fluent at a relatively early age. She majored in German and International Economics and Cultural Affairs at Valparaiso University, with a minor in French. She is also conversational in sign language, and always wants to be actively learning a new language (currently Spanish) so she never forgets what her students feel like having to learn one more verb ending! Sara includes songs and fun as much as possible when teaching language, and is passionate about helping students not only with the content but also the process of becoming proficient in another language, so they have transferrable skills for any future languages they want to learn.
Svenja Albers-Prigant

Svenja Albers-Prigant

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.
Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green

Jen was born and raised in Mannheim, Germany. Arriving in the US as an Aupair in 2005, she has been working with, and teaching children ever since. Jen attended College of DuPage to become a preschool teacher, and has been teaching in classrooms for over 8 years. She currently works in her home as a domestic engineer, raising her son who is also fluent in German and English. He will be a student in the 4-5 year old class here at the German Language School of Naperville. She is very excited for the opportunity to teach her native language to young children in the "Krabbelgruppe". Jen will also strive to give parents advice and the tools necessary for at home instruction about how to successfully nurture a young bilingual child.