South Bay Area School


Ascension Lutheran Church and School
17910 Prairie Ave,
Torrance, CA 90504

School Director E-mail: Jennifer.Rieg@gasaschool.org

Directions

CLASSES OFFERED AT THE SOUTH BAY GERMAN SCHOOL

KINDERGARTEN / PRESCHOOL: 4 to 5 year old children who are introduced to the German language with lots of singing, crafts, and other fun activities.

UNTERSTUFE / BEGINNING GERMAN CLASS:  6 to 8 year old students who are not yet fluent in German. The focus is on developing verbal skills but initial writing skills are being practiced. The students are introduced to the skills necessary for the DSD A1 test.

OBERSTUFE / MIDDLE LEVEL GERMAN CLASS: This class is taught exclusively in German as the students are taking the DSD A1 and A2 test.

 

Our Teachers


Jennifer Rieg

Jennifer was born and raised in a small town in the Black Forest, Germany. When she was 10 years old, her family moved to Los Angeles. Jennifer graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and graduated in 2015 from Loyola Marymount University with a M.A. in Elementary Education and a California teaching credential. Jennifer has been teaching for the South Bay School for the last seven years and is currently teaching the Middle Level German Class. Since 2015, Jennifer teaches 2nd graders at the Goethe International Charter School.

 

Patricia EscalantePattie

Patricia was born and raised in Southern Germany and has been living in California for 20 years. Patricia worked for the German American Chamber of Commerce but has recently moved to Insides Sales. Patricia has a B.A. in International Studies and also studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris. Patricia joined the South Bay School in 2015 and currently teaches the Beginning German Class.

 

Jacqueline Ramos

Jacqueline was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, and came to California 10 years ago. She worked many years in childcare, volunteered for Reading Partners providing one-on-one lessons to third graders, became a mom of a little boy, and is soon about to graduate with her BA in Psychology. German is Jacqueline’s native language,  and she is very passionate about children. Jacqueline currently teaches the Beginning German Class.

 

Melania Issaeian

Melania was raised in Cologne, Germany she came to California at the age of 16 and finished high school here. She speaks German, English, and Armenian fluently and has worked as a teacher’s assistant at a German elementary school for the last year. Currently Melania is completing a B.A. in Psychology and working as a teacher at a German immersion pre-school in Santa Monica.
Melania joined the South Bay School in 2017 and is currently teaching the Kindergarten class.

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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