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 – A2/B1 Mittel/Oberstufe 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.
Dr. Natalie Guse – Unterstufe Teacher
Ingrid Overheu – Kindergarten Teacher
Buchholz is a town just south of Hamburg, Germany, and is where I lived for over 30 years with my husband and our two now-adult children in a bilingual and bicultural home. Even our very German dachshund is bilingual. All of us, including dachshund Pepper, have frequently traveled back and forth.
I grew up in Ohio, got an MBA, and worked for a bank in New York before moving to Germany. Once there, it didn’t take me long to discover my passion for teaching languages and to change course. The language school I started in our town made it possible for me to keep group sizes small, which led to an intensive learning experience.
While I lived in Germany, I enjoyed working with people who wanted to know more about the United States. Now, I am looking forward to bringing life in Germany closer to the people I get to know at GASA!