Frau Collins is originally from a small-town north of Munich. She has been living in Southern California with her family for over 20 years, and has been teaching at GASA German School since 2005. She is a licensed preschool teacher with a teaching credential in early childhood education and she currently works as an assistant director at a local preschool. While teaching at the GASA German School, Frau Collins has taught a variety of language levels and age groups. She enjoys teaching the children the German language as well as the history and culture she grew up with. Frau Collins loves to travel back to Germany and other European countries as often as she can.
Frau McCloe has been teaching German for the past 10 years. She is experienced in teaching all kinds of learners, very young, special needs, teenagers and adults. Frau McCloe was born and raised in Bremen, Germany; lived in New Zealand and moved to California over 20 years ago. Today she still has close ties to Germany and enjoys travelling ‘home’ with her family as often as she can.
Fraulein Michelle was born in Germany and lived there the first few years of her life. She moved to California with her family when she was in elementary school. She has kept her connection to her German heritage, both culturally and linguistically, through many visits back to Germany and attending the GASA German School.
She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree at California State University, Fullerton and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Science. During her education she wanted to give back to the GASA German School so she shifted her roles from student to teacher. She has taught Vorstufe and Kindergarten 1 since 2012 and enjoys teaching young children both the German language and the German cultural traditions, like the ones she has maintained in her family.
Frau Engel lived as an exchange student in Bremerhaven, Germany for one year attending a Gymnasium. She came back to the USA and studied German, first at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas and then transferred to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas where she majored in German with a degree in Secondary Education. She taught German in Ohio and locally at Trabucco Hills, Mission Viejo HS, Laguna Hills HS and El Toro HS. Her certification is K-12 in German and also in Health. She also have my Master’s Degree from National University in Education.
Michael is a local high school student who currently in the International Bachelorette program where he is doing independent study in German. He has attended GASA German School program since he was 3 years old and has recently completed the German Advanced Placement Test with high marks. He enjoys working with kids and sharing his passion for international studies.
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.