Abschlussfeier am 13. Mai 2023 bei der Lake Forest Elementary Schule

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

School Director: Simone Pannebaker

E-mail: Simone.Pannebaker@gasaschool.org


Oktoberfest 2023 – Frau Nadine mit einigen Schülern ihrer Kindergarten Klasse

Wir feiern die Feste wie sie fallen!

Halloween 2022

Sankt Martin’s Tag Laternenumzug im Kindergarten mit Frau Nadine November 2022 und im November 2023

Weihnachten 2022 – es gibt doch einen Weihnachtsmann

…und der brachte Geschenke!

Gedichte, Geschichten und Lieder – alles auf Deutsch!

Weihnachtsfeier 2022 der Mission Viejo Schule


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 as an assistant teacher, level K through 5, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal school, in San Juan Capistrano.

Christin Hardt

  • Our Valued Substitute Teacher

Frau Hardt grew up in Wuppertal, which is in the northwestern part of Germany. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Cal State Long Beach, and has lots of experiences with children, not only through student teaching in different schools, but also through her prior job as a physical therapist in Germany. Frau Hardt loves to travel the world and learn about different cultures. Her goal is to bring the German culture closer to our students and make learning fun and engaging.

Julia Pontillo

  • Mittelstufe Teacher

Frau Pontillo is a professional Speech Therapist and Health Coach from Northern Germany. 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

  • Oberstufe/School Director

Frau Pannebaker was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and completed her higher education in the USA.  She has taught German for the Mission Viejo School for over 19 years and worked teaching German online and in-person at local languages schools.   Frau Pannebaker enjoys traveling and languages.  Her goal is to help students succeed in mastering the German language including preparing and passing AATG level tests and the DSD (Deutsches Sprach Diplom). She enjoys bringing the German culture and traditions to the kids living in America.

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.