The Rhoades School

141 S. Rancho Santa Fe
Encinitas, CA 92024

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Katja PetrascheckKatja Petrascheck – A1 and School Director

I studied languages at the Language University of Nizhni Novgorod in Russia and majored in German and English. I have been teaching adults and children for more than 20 years. I have extensive international experience working in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Australia and the US.
Since 2014 I’ve been with GASA, combining teaching A1 Klasse and being the acting School director of the Encinitas campus. My passion is to work with children, contributing to their growth and development of language skills and their multicultural understanding.

Erika Holzer – A2/B1 Mittel/Oberstufe teacher

I’m a native German speaker with public school teaching credentials for German and Italian. I spent most of my life living in the German speaking part of Northern Italy and in Austria where I taught German at all different levels and English at German public Middle and High schools.

After I moved with my family to the US, I’ve been tutoring students in German and teaching small groups of adults, for GASA and other organizations. Occasionally I also do some translating. I love children, enjoy teaching them, seeing their progress, how they express themselves in another language. I am passionate about sharing my culture with them. I live in Encinitas with my husband, our daughter Christa and our two cats Mindy and Babu.

Dr. Natalie Guse – Unterstufe Teacher

is a native German who decided to live her dream and to start a new life in the US in 2008. Natalie is an industry expert in Marketing and Social Media Strategizing. She was an early adopter of Social Media Marketing. She has developed Internet Marketing strategies for the Soccer FIFA World Cup in 2006 for the 12 host cities.
After moving to the US in 2008, she founded Majestic Social Media, a full-service Social Media, SEO, and Internet Marketing company, located in beautiful Oceanside, California. While building her own company, she has also completed her Ph.D in Business Administration. Her doctoral thesis focused on the correlation between social media strategies and the business revenue of U.S. based companies. Dr. Natalie Guse also has a Master’s degree in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and PR.

Ingrid Overheu – Kindergarten Teacher

Buchholz is a town just south of Hamburg, Germany, and is where I lived for over 30 years with my husband and our two now-adult children in a bilingual and bicultural home. Even our very German dachshund is bilingual. All of us, including dachshund Pepper, have frequently traveled back and forth.
I grew up in Ohio, got an MBA, and worked for a bank in New York before moving to Germany. Once there, it didn’t take me long to discover my passion for teaching languages and to change course. The language school I started in our town made it possible for me to keep group sizes small, which led to an intensive learning experience.
While I lived in Germany, I enjoyed working with people who wanted to know more about the United States. Now, I am looking forward to bringing life in Germany closer to the people I get to know 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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