Encinitas Saturday School

The Rhoades School

141 S. Rancho Santa Fe
Encinitas, CA 92024

School Director E-mail: Katja.Petrascheck@gasaschool.org

Katja PetrascheckKatja Petrascheck – A1 and School director
I studied languages at the Language University of Nizhni Novgorod in Russia and majored in German and English. I have been teaching adults and children for more than 20 years. I have extensive international experience working in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Australia and the US.
Since 2014 I’ve been with GASA, combining teaching A1 Klasse and being the acting School director of the Encinitas campus. My passion is to work with children, contributing to their growth and development of language skills and their multicultural understanding.


Doris SelfDoris Self- Kindergarten teacher
I was born in Bremerhaven, Germany and moved to the United States when I was 22 years old.
I have been with the German School for 15 years and counting. I have been teaching the Kindergarten class for 10 years and have loved every minute of it.
I have a wonderful family. With my daughter completing all stages of German school, assisting me and now minoring in German I have my son as my assistant teacher and I couldn’t ask for a better person to assist me.


Susanne HooverSusanne Koch Hoover A2-B1 Stufe
grew up in Frankfurt am Main and studied biology in Frankfurt and San Diego (UCSD). She holds a PhD from UCSD in biology.
She has extensive teaching experience at the college (Biology Dept, UCSD), high school level (La Jolla Country Day School, Bishops, AP Bio Prep) and has been teaching German to children for 12 years through her company, KinderZoo, and in private tutoring sessions.
She raises her two children bilingually and travels with them frequently to Germany and other countries to instill a sense of cultural awareness and appreciation for language. Teaching a second language opens the door for global understanding and builds the heartfelt wish to experience new things!


Martina Liyanage

Martina Liyanage A2-B1 Stufe
I was born in Muenster, in North-Rhine Westphalia and grew up in a small suburb of Cologne. I studied Marketing and Communication in Bonn. After gaining work experience in advertising agencies, I studied business administration at the University of Cologne. In 1993 I moved to the U.S. Raising my three boys here in California I am very happy that I could pass on the German language and traditions that enriched their personalities. After they left for college I began to tutoring other children. With  my passion for the German language, combined with my love for children, I really look forward to being part of this wonderful school as a teacher. In my leisure time I enjoy gardening, traveling, cooking and painting.


Eric Mathis – A1/A2 Intermediate
was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the romantic Eifel region of Germany, close to the Benelux.  He attended US and international schools in Europe and later graduated from Cal State with a BA in Economics. He started his career at Lufthansa early during his studies as a Flight Attendant and the transferred to ground services up to holding responsibility as Managing Director Sales and Airport Services first in Eritrea, then Malta and lastly Morocco.  During this time he volunteered and held memberships at various commercial and non-profit organizations associated with Germany.  He was active at providing sponsorship to schools and sport institutions associated with the German language and culture abroad.  Introducing new systems and processes, he trained staff and colleagues through the “train the trainer” concept and also has some experience teaching English in Germany.
He recently returned to his native southern California and enjoys building ties to Germany and Europe as he also maintains a home there. In his passion for working with children, their learning and development, he was active in providing kids insights by to aviation offering materials and tours to them. He was also active in the community by providing resource materials and means to integration for refugee families in Germany.
 In Encinitas he will be teaching the levels A1/ A2.


Dr. Natalie Guse – A1 Advanced
is a native German who decided to live her dream and to start a new life in the US in 2008. Natalie is an industry expert in Marketing and Social Media Strategizing. She was an early adopter of Social Media Marketing. She has developed Internet Marketing strategies for the Soccer FIFA World Cup in 2006 for the 12 host cities. After moving to the US in 2008, she founded Majestic Social Media, a full-service Social Media, SEO, and Internet Marketing company, located in beautiful Oceanside, California. While building her own company, she has also completed her Ph.D in Business Administration. Her doctoral thesis focused on the correlation between social media strategies and the business revenue of U.S. based companies. Dr. Natalie Guse also has a Master’s degree in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and PR.



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Multilingualism is the norm in most of the world and we believe that children who speak and write more than one language will be better prepared for life in the 21st century with its growing global economy. The best way to master another language is to start learning at an early age.

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