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Elizabeth Gustas

KG – Kindergarten German Learners, Saturday

Elizabeth Gustas is studying German and Neuroscience at Saint Louis University. She has previously volunteered at two elementary schools helping children learn foreign languages, and has been studying the German culture and language for over 7 years. In her free time, she enjoys horse-back riding, traveling, hiking, and dancing.

 

Desiree

KB – Kindergarten Bilingual Students, Saturday

 

Victoria Rust

A1.1 Children Class, Saturday

Victoria Rust grew up in Minsk, Belarus. She developed a passion for foreign cultures and thirst for travel while translating for American and German missionaries in her home country. After studying in Germany and the Netherlands, Victoria settled in Missouri, USA where she received her PhD in German and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Rust has taught at the university level for the last 12 years, and is currently working on a book. She is excited to join the German School Association and connect with its bright students. In her free time, Victoria enjoys exploring beautiful nature around the world. Hiking in Iceland and Germany with her husband and sampling international delicacies with their four children are definite favorites!

 

Eric Hasselschwert

A1.2 Children Class, Saturday

Eric Hasselschwert is originally from Toledo, Ohio and has taught German in public and private schools for 30 years. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in German Language and Literature from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and also studied Germanistik at the Universität Salzburg. He just retired from the Kirkwood School District. In his free time, he enjoys model building, traveling, bowling, singing, playing the bassoon and working out in the gym.

 

Amanda Knackstedt

A2.1 Children Class, Saturday

Amanda Knackstedt was born and raised in New England. Inspired by her German grandmother, she studied German in college and taught it for two years at a private high school in Texas. She’s thrilled to continue teaching this beautiful language in St. Louis. When not reading Der kleine Ritter Trenk on repeat, Amanda is a professional fantasy author and lover of mini aussies and pigs.

 

Debbie Lund

A2.2 Children Class, Saturday

Debbie Lund holds an MA and PhD in Germanic Languages & Literatures from Washington University. She studied one year at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg while an undergraduate at Oberlin College (Ohio), and another at Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen while working on her doctoral exams. She taught as a visiting Asst. Professor at Union College in Schenectady, NY. After returning to St. Louis, she worked in the marketing department of the St. Louis Public Library for five years before taking the opportunity to teach German in high school. She taught at Ladue High School for over 20 years and enjoys teaching the adult A2.2 class on Saturday mornings.

 

Inka Nisinbaum

B1 Children Class, Saturday

Inka Nisinbaum was born in Oldenburg in Germany. In 2009 she and her family moved to the USA. She holds a M.S. in Psychology from the Heinrich-Heine University of Duesseldorf and is a published author in Germany. Her interests and hobbies include reading, spending time with her son and running.

 

Dennis Krueger

A1.1 Adult Class, Saturday

Dennis Krueger comes from St. Louis and holds B.A., M.A. and PhD degrees in German Literature. He studied at Notre Dame University, St. Louis University, the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, and at Northwestern University. Dennis taught German at the college level for eight years and is fluent. He is a retired potter, amateur furniture maker and is interested in Archaeology, Paleontology and the history of Science. Dennis has 7 stepchildren and 13 grandchildren.

 

Dan Kelley

A1.2 Adult Class, Saturday

Dan Kelley grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He lived and worked in Germany after attending university and came to love the German language and culture. Since 2015 he has expanded his knowledge of German through German courses at the German School Association and at the German Language School in Berlin. He enjoys watching German crime TV shows, listening to German radio, and reading about Cold War history. Dan also plays bagpipes in the St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band and writes and records electronic music.

 

Cary Miller

A2.2 Adult Class, Saturday

Cary Miller studied Education and Germanistik at Illinois State University and Salzburg College, earning a B.A. She also has an Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Cary has taught German at the high school and junior college levels at various schools in the St. Louis area for the past 25 years during which time she has traveled extensively to German speaking countries, with her students. In her free time, She likes to swim, ride her bike and travel, whenever she gets the chance.

 

Carmen Freeman

B1 Adult Class, Saturday

Carmen Freeman is from Heidenheim in Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland. She holds a Ph.D. in Food Technology from the Technological University of Munich-Freising, and spent 9 years working for an international company making flavors for food. Since 2003, Carmen has been teaching at the German School and has also served as its principal. She is currently the adult lead teacher. In addition to English, Carmen also speaks French. Her favorite hobbies are gardening with native plants, practicing the guitar, reading biographies and knitting.

 

Morenike Krekeler

C1 Adult Class, Saturday

Morenike (Nike) Krekeler is a native German speaker, originally from the northwestern part of Germany. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Bonn in art history and romance languages and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on international marketing. Nike has an adventurous mind. She has lived in various countries and has worked for global companies as a marketing communications professional. Nike recently moved with her family to St. Louis and will start teaching at the German School Association fall 2021. She speaks multiple languages and is passionate about music, sports, art, and design. Above all, she loves traveling and spending time with her family.

 

Eric Hasselschwert

A1.1 Adult Class, Thursday

Eric Hasselschwert is originally from Toledo, Ohio and has taught German in public and private schools for 30 years. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in German Language and Literature from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and also studied Germanistik at the Universität Salzburg. He just retired from the Kirkwood School District. In his free time, he enjoys model building, traveling, bowling, singing, playing the bassoon and working out in the gym.

 

Marie Keath

A1.2 Adult Class, Thursday

Marie Keath learned German while living in Cologne, Germany where she was completing a Business Internship through the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft. She holds a BA in German, post-degree Teaching Certification, and a BS in Business Administration. She taught German to Middle Schoolers for 12 years at Ladue Middle School and is currently selling real estate and flipping homes. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, Pilates and home improvement projects.

 

Astrid Block

A2.1 Adult Class, Thursday

Astrid Block is from Grevenbroich, Germany. She holds an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management. In addition to German, Astrid also speaks English, French and Italian. Her interests and hobbies include gymnastics and running.

 

Dennis Krueger

A2.2 Adult Class, Thursday

Dennis Krueger comes from St. Louis and holds B.A., M.A. and PhD degrees in German Literature. He studied at Notre Dame University, St. Louis University, the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, and at Northwestern University. Dennis taught German at the college level for eight years and is fluent. He is a retired potter, amateur furniture maker and is interested in Archaeology, Paleontology and the history of Science. Dennis has 7 stepchildren and 13 grandchildren.

 

Sydney Norton

B1 Adult Class, Thursday

Sydney Norton grew up in New York City and has lived in St.Louis for over twenty years. She received her doctorate in German literature and cultural studies from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where she specialized in the visual and performing arts of the Weimar Republic. In addition, she has lived, studied, and conducted research in Freiburg, Constance, Regensburg, and Berlin. With many years of college teaching experience, Sydney is passionate about teaching all levels of German language and culture to adults. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, gardening, hiking, and taking road trips with her family.