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.


Erika Holzer – Kindergarten teacher

I’m a native German speaker with public school teaching credentials for German and Italian. I spent most of my life living in the German speaking part of Northern Italy and in Austria where I taught German at all different levels and English at German public Middle and High schools.

After I moved with my family to the US, I’ve been tutoring students in German and teaching small groups of adults, for GASA and other organizations. Occasionally I also do some translating. I love children, enjoy teaching them, seeing their progress, how they express themselves in another language. I am passionate about sharing my culture with them. I live in Encinitas with my husband, our daughter Christa and our two cats Mindy and Babu.


Susanne HooverFrau Susanne A2-B1 Stufe
grew up in Germany and studied biology in Germany and US. She holds a PhD from UCSD in biology.
She has extensive teaching experience at the college and high school level and has been teaching German to children privately as well.
She regularly travels with her family 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 tutor 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.



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.



About Us

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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