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 three 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 7 – 9 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 9 and older. 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 1 (A2 and B1).

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: 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 fourteen 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 the Unterstufe 2 class for two years. For the 2020/21 school year, Doreen will be back teaching the Kindergarten class. Her two daughters also attend the German School in Long Beach.

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 12 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: Kathrin Kramer (Teacher)

Kathrin is a German native speaker, born and raised in Thuringia. After graduating from high school, she studied teaching for grammar schools in Jena in the subjects of German and Biology. After completing the first state examination, she took a master’s degree in German as a foreign language. As part of this, she completed an internship at the University of Reykjavik, Iceland and the University of Melbourne, Australia and lived in Budapest, Hungary for a year. After these positions abroad, Kathrin completed her legal traineeship in Bonn. After completing her second state examination, she accepted a position at the German school in Geneva, where she worked for a total of seven years. In addition to teaching Kathrin worked for the last five years in her position as a coordinator for 5th and 6th grade in the extended school management. During her time in Geneva, she was trained by the ZfA to become an expert in teaching development and was therefore also responsible for the further training of her colleagues. At Geneva airport, Kathrin met her current husband, to whom she finally emigrated to the USA. The two have three daughters who are 6, 4 and 2 years old and grow up bilingually.

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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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