When my father accepted an assignment abroad, I found myself at a German Auslandschule at age 8. Like most expatriate children, I did not speak the local language. Yet, I was always envious of the bilingual/bicultural students in school who could function in both worlds. Years later, I wanted my daughter to also benefit from speaking all the languages in her background – which got her stuck growing up with four languages.
Enrolling her in a German Saturday School first, then adding a bilingual full-time school, allowed her to become literate in three of her languages, and she decided to study the fourth in college.
My Saturday school teaching career began when I first enrolled my daughter in a school and came away with an unanticipated job offer. Both of us getting up for a 6th day of school, along with the friendships she forged in that school, kept us both going year after year, and teaching on Saturdays must have become part of my DNA by now – especially since I am from the generation when school in Germany and Switzerland was taught 6 days/week for everyone.
Education: M.A., San José State University, CA, High School Counseling; B.A., Columbia University, NY, minor in Education; CA State Single Subject Teaching Credential (German and French); Deutsches Sprachdiplom I and II examiner certification with the ZfA (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen).
Years in Education: 26 years