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 SCHOOL YEAR STARTS September 15th, 2018!!!

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS MAY 19th. We extended our school year by one week due to the loss of school days in December because of the Thomas Fire!



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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. I also earned my Single Subject Credential in German. 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!


I was born in Dresden by a Vietnamese dad and a German mom. When I was 14 years old I moved with my family to Aachen. In 2011 I graduated with a BA in Fashion Design from HAW Hamburg, and attended a Masters Program in Dance Studies at FU Berlin.
I traveled extensively throughout the world. After working in Fashion in Germany, and having visited the USA multiple times as a child, a theater project in NYC brought me permanently to the USA. I lived for 3 years in Brooklyn, NY, where I met my husband, and our beautiful daughter was born. Besides fashion I always had a big passion for yoga and all things natural. I taught yoga in several studios in NYC, and co-owned one as well.
After traveling across country for a month in 2016 we moved to a farm in Northern California to slow down our lives, and to raise our daughter more consciously in nature. In Spring 2017 we relocated to the Ojai Valley. I joined the German school in Ventura as I enjoy teaching my native language and culture.

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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.



                                     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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