German-American School
of Palo Alto

P.O. Box 50942
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 520-3646
contact@gaspa-ca.org

Saturday Class Location
475 Pope Street
Menlo Park CA 94025
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Overview

Our German teachers are qualified, enthusiastic, and committed to a student-centered learning approach. All teachers are either native or near-native German speakers. All teachers are required to participate in at least one continuing German-education seminar each year. Beyond that, teachers of our school are regularly invited to lead regional or national advanced training seminars or workshops.

Our team consists of teachers, assistants, administrative team, and board.

staff 2018

 


Toddlers/Pre-K/Kindergarten


 Verena - Froschgruppe Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sia - Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Barbara - Teacher

 Barbara is a first generation German-American born and raised in the Bay Area. As a child she spent Saturday mornings at the German School of the Mid-Peninsula in Redwood City. She has a Bachelor's Degree in German and International Relations from UC Davis. For several years she lived in Würzburg, Germany with her husband while he was part of the US Army. They returned to California to raise a family and have two boys. Barbara enjoys being a part of the GASPA community and sharing the German language and traditions with the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 Keno - Assistant

 Keno joined GASPA in January 2018 as an assistant. Born in Munich, Germany he has lived with his family in California since 2006 and speaks German at home. Keno attended the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) for two years and is currently a sophomore at Palo Alto High School. In his free time Keno enjoys playing soccer, basketball, football and spending time with his family, friends and two cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Julia - Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sam - Assistant

 Sam attended ALTO International School (previously GAIS) from Pre-K through 6th Grade. He is currently a junior at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose. Along with German, he is also learning Spanish and Swahili. Soccer is one of his favorite pastimes. He was born and raised in Menlo Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tristan - Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Youth


 Daniela - Teacher

Daniela joined the GASPA team in 2011. She greatly enjoys working with kids especially in the educational setting of a school and supports the children in their learning with a variety of different activities like singing, games, riddles, handicraft work, experiments, and meditation. Born in Berlin, Germany, Daniela graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work. In 2010 Daniela moved to California and is currently enrolled in a master's program in social work. She loves the cultural diversity of the Bay Area, the California sun, and sharing the various form of arts with the students at GASPA.

 

 

 

 Rosa - Assistant to Daniela

 This is Rosa's second year at GASPA. She was born in Berlin, Germany and lived there until she was six. She lives in Palo Alto and speaks German at home with her family. She is currently attending Palo Alto High School and enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Barbara - Teacher

 Barbara, a native German from Cologne, her husband, and 2 children moved to the Bay Area in 2002. Back in Germany, Barbara was working for the German government and a Medical Council for many years. She discovered her passion for working with children while being actively involved in her kids school. Since then (13 years now), she is an active volunteer at the German American International School in Menlo Park. For many years, she taught art classes at the German School as an extracurricular activity (Kiga – 4th grade) and tutors children in German. In her free time Barbara enjoys being creative, reading, exploring new countries and cultures and of course the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 Andres - Assistant to Barbara

 

Andres has been attending GASPA since 2008. Starting in 2017, he became an assistant. He is currently a sophomore at Aragon High School in San Mateo. He was born in the United States; however, at the age of two months he moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where he lived for the next six years. After that time period he moved back to California. He enjoys participating in his school’s Mock Trial team and Robotics team.

 

 

 

 

 Pamela - Teacher & Dir. of School Management

 Pamela joined the GASPA team in 2008. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lived until age 15, she then spent three years living in Thailand with her family. After high school she studied in Germany where she got her degree in Ferrous Metallurgy and Material Science. She loves working with young students and being part of the "Ah-ha" effect student have when they grasp new concepts and showing them that not everything in life is about computers, in particular, here in Silicon Valley. In her free time she loves to cook, bake, knit, and just take in everything .

 

 

 

 

 

 Maura - Assistant to Pamela

 

Maura has been attending GASPA Saturday School since 2008 and was a volunteer at the GASPA summer camp for 2 years. She is starting her first year as an assistant at GASPA. She is a sophomore at Menlo Atherton High School in Menlo Park. She was born and raised in Menlo Park, and both of her parents are German. In her free time, she enjoys, playing piano, drawing, skiing, and traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 Claudia - Teacher

 Claudia joined the GASPA team in 2015. She spent 2016/2017 in Germany and is very excited to be back at GASPA for the 2018/2019 school year!

Claudia studied Law at the University of Cologne. After her move to the US she decided to switch her career path to Multimedia Design and worked for a big IT company in San Francisco for several years focusing on German language software products. She got involved with GASPA through her son who attended the summer camp in 2014. At the moment she is finalizing her elementary teaching credentials while enjoying working with children from all nationalities and ethnicities.

Claudia is excited to be part of the GASPA team and loves to share German language and culture with "her" children in a fun way.

 

 Alistair - Assistant to Claudia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sabrina - Teacher & Dir. of Education/Principal

 Sabrina joined the German-American School of Palo Alto in 2012 as a teacher and assumed her current position in 2017 when Sabine Eisenhauer – a veteran serving the school for over 30 years – retired.

Sabrina, a native German, holds a Master of Education of the University of Paderborn, Germany, and passed both her First and Second State Examination for her license to be a teacher in Germany with honors. She taught at elementary schools near Duesseldorf, Germany, for several years teaching different subjects and age groups, before joining her husband in the Silicon Valley and joining GASPA shortly thereafter.

She enjoys the spirit of GASPA and working with students of all different ages and cultural backgrounds; her true passion is to make language studies interesting and enjoyable, so her forte are science projects where students learn German while tinkering.

She is a mother of three girls and wants them to grow up fully bilingual. The only member of her family that is not bilingual is Diego, an adventurous Golden Retriever.

 

 

 

 


Teenagers


  Heilis - Teacher

 Heilis grew up in a small town close to Hannover, Germany. In 2007 she moved to Massachusetts where she studied sociology and also minored in music. The idea of becoming a teacher had always excited her. A few months after graduation she decided to try out substitute teaching. It was on her very first day as a substitute teacher, that she fell in love with teaching. Shortly after, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and has been extremely fortunate to learn from some wonderful teachers and expand her own expertise and love for teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 Lena - Assistant to Heilis

 Lena is starting her first year as an assistant with GASPA after having attended their Saturday school for 12 years. She is a sophomore at Crystal Springs Uplands school, and loves dance and reading. Although she was born in the US, she has two parents who lived in Germany for most of their lives. Each summer, she and her family enjoy traveling to Germany and other European countries to visit their relatives, and she has been studying French and Spanish along with German and English. In her free time, she likes to bake, write, and take care of her dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 Rhea - Teacher

 

Rhea joined the GASPA team in 2015. She greatly enjoys teaching and working with children of all ages and different cultural backgrounds. Born in the Netherlands and educated in Germany, Rhea studied Political Science and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. Prior to moving to the U.S., she worked as a journalist traveling the world to produce documentaries and reports for German television. Rhea loves the open-minded and multi-cultural spirit of the Bay Area, and is excited to share her passion for language with the students at GASPA.

 

 

 

 

 Luzy - Assistant to Rhea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Derya - Teacher

 

 

 

 

 


Management Team


 

 Sabrina - Director of Education / Principal & Teacher

 

Sabrina joined the German-American School of Palo Alto in 2012 as a teacher and assumed her current position in 2017 when Sabine Eisenhauer – a veteran serving the school for over 30 years – retired.

Sabrina, a native German, holds a Master of Education of the University of Paderborn, Germany, and passed both her First and Second State Examination for her license to be a teacher in Germany with honors. She taught at elementary schools near Duesseldorf, Germany, for several years teaching different subjects and age groups, before joining her husband in the Silicon Valley and joining GASPA shortly thereafter.

She enjoys the spirit of GASPA and working with students of all different ages and cultural backgrounds; her true passion is to make language studies interesting and enjoyable, so her forte are science projects where students learn German while tinkering.

She is a mother of three girls and wants them to grow up fully bilingual. The only member of her family that is not bilingual is Diego, an adventurous Golden Retriever.

 

 Pamela - Director of School Management & Teacher

 Pamela joined the GASPA team in 2008. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lived until age 15, she then spent three years living in Thailand with her family. After high school she studied in Germany where she got her degree in Ferrous Metallurgy and Material Science. She loves working with young students and being part of the "Ah-ha" effect student have when they grasp new concepts and showing them that not everything in life is about computers, in particular, here in Silicon Valley. In her free time she loves to cook, bake, knit, and just take in everything .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sibylle - Office Manager

 Sibylle has been office manager since 2010. She was born in Lübeck, Germany and lived, studied and worked there for many years.
In Heidelberg she worked as an executive assistant for a telecommunication company. She came to California in 1998 for her husband's business.
After spending some years raising her three children she decided to go back to work.
Since she likes to work with people she did not hesitate to take on the job as Office Manager at GASPA.
In her free time she loves to travel, bike and enjoys spending time with her children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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