A.S. Lutheran Church & School`
23262 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

School Director: Simone Pannebaker

E-mail: Simone.Pannebaker@gasaschool.org

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Halloween 2022
Sankt Martin’s Tag Laternenumzug

Christmas Celebration, December 2017

Kinderfest at the Phoenix Club, May 2017

Our German “Hip Hop” Dance Group

 CLASSES OFFERED AT MISSION VIEJO GERMAN SCHOOL:

VORSTUFE:                    4-year old students.  Introduction to the German language with lots of singing, crafts, and other fun activities.

KINDERGARTEN 1 :     5-year old students.  Everything one does in Kindergarten, but in German.

KINDERGARTEN 2:      6 to 7-year old students.  Introduction to written German, but concentration on playful learning of German.

UNTERSTUFE 1:             7, 8, and 9-year old students.  A class for students who do not speak German at home. Focus on verbal and written use of German.

UNTERSTUFE 2:            7, 8, and 9-year old students.  A class for students who speak German at home. Focus on written use of German, vocabulary  enrichment, and preparation for future testing.

MITTELSTUFE 1:           10 to 14-year old students who do not speak German at home.

OBERSTUFE 2                Focus on verbal and written use of German.  Students are prepared to take AATG  and A1 exams.

MITTELSTUFE 2:          10 to 12-year old students who speak German at home.  Focus on written use of German, vocabulary enrichment, and preparation for A1 and A2 exams.

OBERSTUFE 2:              11 to 16-year old students who speak German at home.  Focus on perfecting written and oral use of German. Individual preparation for a variety of exams, including AATG,  A2, and B1.

Our Teachers


Nadine Chamie

  • Vorstufe und Kindergarten Teacher

Frau Chamie grew up speaking four languages in a town near Karlsruhe, Germany.  Her language skills and her studies in tourism benefited her both professionally and privately on her travels around the world, on vacation and as a flight attendant.  Frau Chamie often visits Germany and enjoys the German language and culture, including her love for spaghetti ice cream and the national soccer team.  She enjoys teaching German and working with children.

 Sage Giambone

  • Vorstufe and Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant

Fraulein Sage enjoys the German language and culture, which she has been studying at a local high school.  She enjoys teaching – she is aspiring to become a teacher – and is looking forward to play, sing and help our Kindergarten children in learning the German language and experience German traditions.

 Petra Lowery

  • Unterstufe Teacher

Frau Lowery grew up in the Rheinland area of Germany and raised her family in San Juan Capistrano.  She has many years experience teaching elementary level children in an after school program.

Julia Pontillo

  • Mittelstufe 1 Teacher

Frau Pontillo has recently moved to Southern California from Northern Germany and is a professional Speech Therapist and Health Coach. She has worked with children throughout her career, including children with autism. Frau Pontillo has taught coloring, art, and writing and assisted in homework and school projects and is excited to bring her knowledge to German School.

Simone Pannebaker

  • Mittelstufe 2 Teacher/School Director

Frau Pannebaker was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and completed her higher education in the USA.  She has worked as an enthusiastic German teacher for the Mission Viejo School previously for 17 years and taught German online and in-person at a local language school.   Frau Pannebaker enjoys traveling and languages.  Her goal is to help students succeed in mastering the German language and bringing the German culture and traditions to our younger generations.

Katherine Sutter

  • Oberstufe Teacher

Frau Sutter grew up in various regions of Germany. With her experience teaching German at Collin College, she is well-versed in helping young adults reach their language goals. She also has experience tutoring German students in preparation for their tests and is excited to coach our students to succeed in both the AATG level test and the DSD (Deutsches Sprach- Diplom).

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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Student Policy

GASA admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.