Long Beach School

German School Long Beach

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 four 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 – 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.

MITTELSTUFE: For students 8 ½ – 11 years old. Students build on their skills learned in Unterstufe through specific exercises in reading, listening and writing. The goal of this class is to prepare the children for the DSD-A1 and A2 test.

OBERSTUFE: For students 11 years old and up. The emphasis in this class is on vocabulary enrichment and reinforcement of reading, writing and grammar skills in preparation for the DSD-B1 and DSD-C1 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: Bianca Niccoli (Teacher)

Bianca was born and grew up in Klagenfurt, Austria. Her native language is German, but she was raised bilingual by her parents in German and Italian. She studied Tourism and Management in Salzburg followed by Graphic Design in Vienna. She moved to Long Beach California almost 11 years ago and lives there with her husband and two kids. Because she was raised, and is also raising her kids, bilingual, she is uniquely equipped to teach German. She started helping out in her son’s co-op preschool in 2014. She is intrigued and enthusiastic about working with kids and language. She has been part of our team since November 2019.

Mittelstufe: 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 thirteen 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 her second year of teaching the Unterstufe 2/Mittelstufe class. Her two daughters also attend the German School in Long Beach.

Oberstufe: Heike Intagliata (Teacher)

Teaches our Oberstufe, ages 11 and up in preparation for the DSD-B1 and C1 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 27 years ago, always working in the logistics industry until the birth of her twin girls in 2009. Heike has been very involved in her daughters’ school, volunteering in class and started as a substitute teacher in the Mittelstufe class at GASA Long Beach in 2016. She is now in her fifth year of teaching, moving along with her students from Mittelstufe to Oberstufe. 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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