Ventura School

Unitarian Universalist Church
5654 Ralston Street

Ventura, CA 93003

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Welcome to our GASA School in Ventura, which opened it’s doors in September 2015.
We offer classes for children ages 4 – 17 and adults.

Our school currently offers 3 different classes / levels for children:

  1. Vorschule / Kindergarten
  2. Unterstufe / Mittelstufe ( A1 Level)
  3. Mittelstufe  ( A2 Level)

We prepare the students for the AATG Test and the DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom) levels A1 and A2.

Our adult class is a 12 week course, which at this time is for students that are at a beginner to low-intermediate level of German.

New for Summer 2017:

Drama Camp!

July 24 – 28     9 am  to 12 pm       Entire week for only $120.00
Enroll Today!


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After growing up in Baden-Baden, Germany and finishing my apprenticeship in Admini- stration, I attended Freiburg University, earning a teaching credential to instruct middle school English, Geography, Social Studies.  Upon graduating, I took a two year assignment in North Carolina to teach ESL, after which I moved to Ventura, CA – got married and had two sons. In addition to raising two active boys, I have been working as a part time German, ESL and substitute teacher. In 2014 I joined the GASA school in Thousand Oaks and a year later pursued the opportunity to open this GASA school in Ventura. It has been a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to many more years with GASA!

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Born in Stuttgart, Germany into a wonderful family, I graduated from the Wirtschaftsgymnasium. For one year I lived in Israel, and later graduated with a diploma as a registered nurse from Klinikum Mannheim / Heidelberg, while also studying medicine at the University of Heidelberg.  In 1994 I moved to Baltimore, MD, giving birth to my beautiful daughter in 1999. After moving to Camarillo, CA I studied graphic design and also earned a certificate in accounting. At the same time (2005) I started teaching German at the GASA School in Thousand Oaks, directing that Saturday school for 7 years. I now enjoy teaching at the GASA School in Ventura, while working as an accountant.

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Julia Kroll

I was born and raised in Nuernberg, Germany.  My education and work experience is in information technology and finance. In 2012, our family moved to Ventura where we raise our 3 kids bilingually. In 2014, I started my own German break baking company.  I have traveled extensively and experienced other cultures.  I am excited for the opportunity to share my native language and culture and help kids learn a new language.

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Manuela Schimboeck

I was born and raised in Austria. My education is in law from the University in Vienna. I worked as a language assistant for adolescents teaching German to foreign language learners in Italy. Before moving to California, I worked as a Human Resource Manager in Austria. In March 2016 I began working on my MBA in Human Resource Management. I’m looking forward to teaching “German for Adults” at the GASA School in Ventura

Denise Ilktac-Lee

I was born and raised in Berlin as the daughter of a Turkish interior designeDenise Ilktac-Lee_dsr and a German speech therapist. After graduating from the “Gymnasium”  I worked as an actress and speaker in theater and television. While working I was able to get certified in those areas.

In 2002 I began teaching acting and theater to children and teenagers. From 2008-2012 I studied Deaf Culture, German Sign language and Rehabilitation Sciences at Humboldt-University, Berlin. During that time I also worked as a social services case worker for families with disabilities. I taught interactive workshops for children and teenagers about alcohol and drug prevention, too. After getting married in Malibu in 2012, my husband and I settled in Berlin, Germany. A year later our beautiful son was born and in 2015 we decided to move to California. I’m looking forward to my first year at GASA!

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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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