Long Beach School

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

School Director’s E-mail: Doreen.Garchow@gasaschool.org

GASA main office: (562) 693-0223

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We have three classes at the Long Beach School:

KINDERGARTEN: The 4 – 6 year old students are introduced to the German language and culture through crafts, songs, games and other fun activities. Children under 4 but not younger than 3½ years  and “potty-trained” are welcome to enroll after a 4 week trial period. In the Kindergarten class children learn through singing, crafts, and other fun activities.

UNTERSTUFE: For the 6 ½ – 10 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 10 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: Marina Locher (Teacher)

Marina was born in Long Beach and moved to Germany at the age of six. She attended school in Germany and after graduating high school (Realschule) she successfully completed an apprenticeship as a dental assistant. After living in Germany for sixteen years, she moved back to Long Beach to pursue her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Marina is currently attending Cal State Long Beach to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a multiple subject teaching credential. Marina gained experience in teaching children during internships in German Kindergartens, fieldwork in classrooms, and working as a preschool teacher assistant at Isabel Patterson Child Development Center.

Unterstufe: Doreen Garchow (Teacher, 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 twelve 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 in 2015. She has since taught the Kindergarten class for four years and is now moving on to teach the Unterstufe class with the same excitement and enthusiasm. Her two daughters also attend the German School in Long Beach.

Mittelstufe: Heike Intagliata (Teacher)

Teaches our Mittelstufe, ages 10 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 26 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 three years ago. She is now in her third year of teaching the Mittelstufe class. Her two daughters also attend the 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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