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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.

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 part of the team as a teacher of the "Children age 4 and up" and "Children, 6 year old" classes.

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!

Alice Voss-Kantor

Alice Voss-Kantor was born in the Rheinland and grew up in Frankfurt/Main Germany. She is a marketer and communicator at heart. While living in Switzerland, a career opportunity brought her to the US. She joined the American marketing team of the Swiss company where she built and has managed their social media strategy, PR, and product launches. Alice lives with her husband and son in the Chicagoland area. She enjoys teaching her native language to her 6-year old son. She is excited to meet her students and to pass on her language skills as well as a piece of the German culture.

Tristan Druelinger

Tristan Druelinger got his degree in Education and German Language from Saint Louis University and has also completed a certification programs in teaching English as a foreign language. He also works as a teacher at the German School Association of Saint Louis where he has been for the past three years. He has previously worked as a teacher's aid in daycare, as an English teacher in Heidelberg, Germany and as an after-school care counselor at a Montessori School in the Saint Louis area. He was raised in a suburb of Chicago and has participated in several foreign exchange programs in Germany. He knew he wanted to be a teacher since high school. Tristan loves to bring a mixture of games, grammar, culture, and stories into the classroom. He is very excited to be your child’s teacher this year and to be a part of the German Language School family.

Kathrin Schmid

Kathrin was born in Reutlingen, Germany and gained her Masters degree (MA) in communications and cultural anthropology at the University of Tübingen. After some years working in journalism in her hometown, she moved to Milwaukee and found her bigger interest was in culture and education. She started working for the Milwaukee Public Museum as well as a small non-profit called Urban Anthropology and gained experience teaching children and adults in informal education settings. After a move back to Germany she also had the opportunity to work at the Naturkundemuseum Münster. In 2016 Kathrin, her American husband and their two children moved to Naperville. She has found that bringing up her children bilingual, is not as easy as it seems. "Helping others to become bilingual will be a wonderful opportunity and challenge!"