Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

Nordira Lancaster, 4th Grade Teacher
Nordira Lancaster, 4th Grade Teacher

I was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and speak both Uzbek and Russian fluently. In my high school years I became interested in German, and wished to one day be able to study at a University in Germany. After finishing my first Master's Degree in Tashkent, I received a scholarship from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to study in Germany.

It was a dream come true that enabled me to spend the next eight years in Germany. During that time I became fluent in German, earned another degree and met my husband and had a family. Although we moved to the US a few years ago, I wanted to stay connected to the German language and culture, which I have been able to do through the GISSV community.

Since 2014 I have been teaching Elementary school classes at Saturday School. My academic background, personal experience as a foreign language learner and many years of living in Germany have made me passionate about education and teaching German. I believe that every child is different and it is important to understand the knowledge they already have and try to build upon it every day. This is particularly relevant to learning a language like German and is one of the aspects of teaching that I really enjoy. I am very excited to make learning German a fun experience for each and every child.

Education: M.A in European Cultural Studies and Sociology, University of Konstanz; M.A and B.A in International Relations and German, University of Oriental Studies in Tashkent; Semester abroad: UC Berkley, CA; Certificates: Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDAF), Zertifikat Deutsche Sprache und Landeskunde, Technische Universität Braunschweig.

Years in Education: 4