I grew up between California and the Black Forest in Southern Germany. I took my bilingualism and biculturalism for granted--until I began studying art. Visual art is a nonverbal language, and--like all languages--a gateway to critical questioning and deep understanding. Indeed, I was less interested in the art than what it made viewers think and say.
I have made a career in shaping these kind of critical/cultural learning experiences for others, and along the way found a much greater appreciation for my own roots.
I started teaching at the Saturday School in 2011, when I had just moved to the Bay Area from Boston. The Saturday School colleagues and families gave me a deep sense of home, of belonging, and of possibility, which was otherwise absent in my transplant life.
Now, as Head of the Saturday School, I can give back this treasure to my colleagues and the community. Yes, we teach German language and take students from play groups all the way to challenging exams. But beyond pursuing academic goals, I hope that each student can develop a sense of cultural belonging at the Saturday School that carries them forward in their life.
Education: M.Ed Education Research, Policy, and Practice, Harvard University; B.A. Sculpture and Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara; Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) training; Deutsches Sprachdiplom I and II examiner certification with the ZfA (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen)
Years in Education: 12