Long Beach School

Maple Village Waldorf School
4017 E. 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814

 

 

School Directors’ E-mail: Anja.Onken@gasaschool.org  and Doreen.Garchow@gasaschool.org

Directions

We have three classes at the Long Beach School:

KINDERGARTEN: The 3 ½ – 5 year old students are introduced to the German language and culture through crafts, songs, games and other fun activities.

UNTERSTUFE: For the 5 ½ – 8 year old students the focus is on developing verbal skills and first writing skills by implementing a variety of activities. The children are introduced to the skills needed for the DSD-A1 Testing. Vocabulary building and pronunciation are two key skills being taught.

MTTELSTUFE: For students 8 yr and up. The emphasis in this class is on vocabulary enrichment and development of reading, writing and grammar skills in preparation for the DSD-A1 and DSD-A2 testing.

 

Overall we strive to adapt our offerings to the age/abilities of our students on a year-by-year basis. It is important to us that all children, with or without a German background, enjoy learning a second language.

 

OUR TEACHERS:

Kindergarten: Doreen Garchow (Teacher, Co-Director)

Doreen is a native of Germany and grew up in Brandenburg. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American/British Studies & Political Science and a Master’s Degree in World Heritage. She has lived in California for almost ten years. She was always actively involved in her daughters’ co-op preschool and by doing so became interested in teaching children, especially in a bilingual setting. Doreen started out as a substitute teacher and assistant at our school and is now in her third year of teaching the Kindergarten class with lots of singing, crafts, and other fun activities.

Unterstufe: Anja Onken (Teacher, Co-Director)

Anja grew up in Bremen. She spent a year as an exchange student in the US before she continued her education. She has always been interested in working with people. She earned BA Degree in Social Work >staatl. anerkannte Erzieherin< and worked in After-School-Programs and Group Home settings for over 10 years. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences >Dipl. Soz-Päd< at the University of Bremen during that time. Anja moved to California in 2003 and has been working for different companies that required knowledge of German on a native level. She joined the Long Beach School in 2012 and teaches the Unterstufe class with different learning options through practical work.

Mittelstufe: Heike Intagliata (Teacher)

Teaches our Mittelstufe, ages 8 and up in preparation for the DSD-A1 and A2 testing. Heike is a native of Germany and grew up in Lower Saxony near Hannover. She earned a diploma as a ship’s agent (Schiffahrtskauffrau) in Bremen and went on to study Business (Betriebswirtschaft) / International Management in Bremen/Germany and Grenoble/France earning a dual German and French degree. Heike moved to California 24 years ago, always working in the logistics industry until the birth of her twin girls in 2009. Heike is very involved in her daughters’ school, volunteering in class and started as a substitute teacher in the Mittelstufe class at GASA Long Beach last year. Her two daughters also attend German School in Long Beach.

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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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