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Meet the Staff - 2021-22 School Year

 

School Operations and Program Support

Anjanette Gonzales Anjanette Gonzales
Head of School

Anjanette Gonzales was born and raised in Arlington, Texas and learned German at an early age from her mother and grandmother. Anjanette lived in Finland as an expat and assisted in managing a software company in Austin, Texas prior to her children joining the SAGA community. Anjanette has worked with SAGA as a Board Member and as Director of Operations in the past. In March 2019, she began to lead SAGA as its Head of School. Anjanette enjoys spending time outdoors with her children, coaching soccer, traveling, and baking in her free time.

"Different languages and cultures have always been a part of my life. I am grateful that SAGA is able to give this gift and an excellent education to its students and to the Seattle community."

 

Eva-Maria Hartmann Eva-Maria Hartmann
Administrative Assistant

Eva-Maria Hartmann was born in Seattle to German parents and raised bilingually. The majority of her family lives near Bremen in northern Germany. Eva is passionate about translation and language education, and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Italian and European Studies and a minor in French. In her free time she enjoys baking and spending time with her two dogs.

"The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page." - Saint Augustine

 

Angrid Henning Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning
Special Projects Director

Frau Henning was born in Hannover and moved to the US ten years ago with her family. She has served as the Principal of the Eastside German Language School (EGLS) in Bellevue since 2009 and worked as a Paraeducator for the Kent School District. Angrid has her PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Stuttgart and has past experience helping The SAGA School in science curriculum and substituting in the elementary school classes. Currently, she helps the school with special projects such as organizing SAGA's technology efforts, coordinating SAGA's Enrichment courses, teaching afterschool Robotics, and many other efforts.

""One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." ‒Frank Smith. Seeing my own children grow up bilingual makes the opportunity to be a part of SAGA's bilingual education program even more enjoyable."

 

Janet Scholz Janet Scholz
Program Assistant

Frau Scholz is from Erfurt in the center of Germany. She spent some years in Kassel and graduated with a University degree in Social Work and Social Education. She worked with children ages four to twelve and youth from diverse social and cultural backgrounds in different educational centers in Germany. In Seattle, Janet directed an afterschool program in an Elementary school. She looks forward to continuing to support the SAGA preschool and elementary programs. Janet enjoys the outdoors, dancing, music, and is a massage therapist.

"I enjoy being part of the journey of the young children at SAGA, assisting them in their learning and exploring, and growing their voice. It is such a delight to experience a group of children being excited in play and absorbed in a project."

 

Andrea Wohlan Andrea Wohlan
Enrollment and Development Manager

Andrea Wohlan grew up in a multi-cultural family in the Bonn/Cologne area in Germany and in 2010 moved with her family to Bellevue. Prior to her relocation, Andrea worked for T-Mobile Germany as a Communications and Advertising Manager. Once settled in the Pacific Northwest, Andrea started volunteering, taking on multiple PTSA leadership roles in her children's elementary and high schools. Andrea has always been passionate about cultural experiences and turned her hobby into a profession, working the past 5 years as a regional representative for Cultural Care, an international au pair agency. In her free time, Andrea loves spending time at her sewing machine but also enjoys reading, practicing yoga and spending time with her three children.

 

Elementary Program

Anika Hahn Anika Elfi Hahn
Senior Educator / Elementary Teacher, Art Program Teacher

Frau Hahn joins us direct from Hamburg, Germany. Anika received her Masters in Education for Primary Education from the University of Lüneburg. During her studies Frau Hahn focused on "German as a second language". She has worked as an assistant teacher at a German Immersion school in Milwaukee and for seven years as a head teacher at an English-Immersion School in Hamburg. After a sabbatical, during which Frau Hahn traveled around the world, she returned to teach at the Westerschule, a regular elementary school in Hamburg. Anika enjoys comics and sports, and traveling with her family and friends. She joins SAGA for her fourth year and is excited to see those little sparks in the children’s eye when they learned something new.

"I say if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life." - Bill Watterson

 

Helga Fuhrmann Helga Fuhrmann
Elementary Teacher

Frau Fuhrmann was born in Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany, lived in Südhessen (southern part of Hesse) until she moved with her family to Seattle in early 2017. She has a bachelor’s and master's degree in education from Technische Universität Darmstadt. She joins the SAGA Grundschule Team for her third year. Helga enjoys sewing, playing piano and biking as hobbies and is the proud mother of preschooler Oliver.

""Hilf mir, es allein zu tun" - Maria Montessori. I am excited to bring my experience in self-directed learning not only to a German speaking environment, but to a fully cultural immersive community!"

 

Judith Menke Judith Menke
Elementary Teacher, Sports Teacher

Frau Menke comes from Mannheim, Germany. She received her Education degree, with a focus on PE, German and English, from the University of Heidelberg. She has teaching experience in primary and middle school settings in Ghana, Germany, and Guadalajara, Mexico. She enjoys activities outside and loves hiking in the mountains.

“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” - Plato

 

Janine Nolan Janine Nolan
Elementary Teacher

Frau Nolan was born in Lübben, a small town southeast of Berlin. She received her Master degree in Elementary Education from Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. After serving five years as an elementary teacher in Germany, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 and joined the Kindergarten team at Goethe International Charter School, a German immersion school with a focus on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Janine joined the SAGA team in September 2020. Besides the passion for teaching, Janine likes to travel with her husband and to do outdoor activities, like kayaking and hiking. Other than that, she enjoys reading, watching crime shows, trying different cuisines and going to concerts and sporting events.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss

 

Dominique Ruscheinsky Dominique Ruscheinsky
Elementary Teacher

Frau Ruscheinsky was born in Regensburg, Germany. After studying and working in Germany, she moved to Austria where she received her Master`s degree in the field of education from the Pädagogische Hochschule Baden. During this time Dominique worked as a full-time teacher in Austria for two and a half years. She enjoys cooking and travelling. Dominique is excited about the opportunity to the SAGA elementary program.

“Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.“ - Robert John Meehanee

 

Eva Dallmann Eva Dallmann
Elementary Teacher Assistant


Frau Dallmann is from a small town near Frankfurt, Germany. She received her Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish Studies as well as her degree in Education for Secondary Education from the University of Würzburg, Germany. During her studies she spent a year in Caen, France which only confirmed her desire to work (and to teach) in a multilingual environment. Before coming to Seattle in March 2018, Frau Dallmann taught German as a second language to migrants and refugees in youth and adult language courses in Bielefeld, Germany. She joins SAGA for her second year and is excited to see the children thriving in a bilingual environment. In her free time, Eva enjoys sports, baking, reading, and traveling.

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." - Oscar Wilde

 

Meg Griffin Meg Griffin
Elementary Teacher Assistant

Frau Griffin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She first studied German in high school and later ended up earning a BA in Germanic Studies from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN. While in Minnesota she worked as a Paraprofessional at the Twin Cities German Immersion School, where she fell in love with teaching. Frau Griffin ran cross country and track in college and enjoys keeping fit by running, hiking, snowboarding, and practicing yoga. She moved to Seattle in September after spending a year in Berlin working as an au pair. She is very excited to be a part of the SAGA team!

"To know two languages is to possess a second soul." -Charlemagne

 

Jessica Klein Jessica Klein
Elementary Subject Teacher, Elementary Program Support Specialist


Frau Klein was born and raised in Everett, Washington. She got her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Culture, Literature, and the Arts from the University of Washington and her Masters in Teaching from City University of Seattle. Prior to joining the SAGA team in 2019, she worked as a STEM educator for the Bremerton School District on the Olympic Peninsula. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and traveling with her family. She has a daughter who attends SAGA.

"Sure, there's bad stuff in the world, but there's also you. You can be anything you want today, so be bold, be kind, be awesome, repeat. It's like shampoo, but with your life." - Kid President

 

Andrea Di Gennaro Andrea Di Gennaro
Elementary Co-Teacher

Herr Di Gennaro grew up in Switzerland and was raised bilingually: German and Italian are his mother tongues. He is a Swiss certified teacher with many years of teaching experience. He has taught in different settings ranging from kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school, as well as high school aged students and adult education. Recently Andrea relocated for two years to Switzerland and taught German as a Second Language to kindergarteners, first and third graders in a Swiss public elementary school near Zurich. Andrea enjoys spending time with his family, swimming and going to the dog park with his dog Daisy.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

 

Preschool Program

Anita Dunlap Anita Dunlap
Director of Preschool Education; Preschool Playgroup, Faustlos, Music & Movement Teacher

Frau Dunlap is an Early Childhood Specialist who completed her education at the Fachakademie for Sozialpädagogik in Nürnberg, Germany. She began her professional career in the US in long term care as a nursing assistant, working as a restorative aide, activity director and restorative supervisor. She has taught at the Eastside German Language School (EGLS) in Bellevue for over fifteen years and is currently the vice-principal. Anita ran a successful German immersion preschool in Kent prior to becoming the first SAGA teacher in 2005 in Issaquah. As one of the initial teachers at SAGA, she taught music to Preschool children, trained to teach the Second Step program, and created our popular summer programs.

"Teaching is the art of assisting discovery and I love to see children discover their abilities!"

 

Dorit Goodwin Dorit Goodwin
PreK Head Teacher

Frau Goodwin is a native German speaker from Cuxhaven, Germany and has a wealth of experience as a German teacher in Waldorf and Montessori Schools. Dorit enjoys spending time with her grandson and she also loves to dance! Dorit was trained in Germany to be an elementary teacher and is also a licensed massage therapist. Dorit has been with the SAGA School since 2012.

"Witnessing children's development and expansion of mind and creativity is such a privilege and joy. At the same time, each child gives me the opportunity to learn and grow from them each day. I feel fortunate and grateful to be part of a process like this."

 

Silvia Phillips Silvia Phillips
Preschool Head Teacher

Frau Phillips is from Regensburg, Germany. Over the past ten years, she has worked with young children both in Germany as well as in the Seattle area. She has led playgroup classes at the Eastside German Language School for one to three year olds, managed an in-home daycare for one to four year olds and assisted in a co-op preschool. Silvia loves art and nature and enjoys sharing that with children. She is also a trained goldsmith and an avid long distance runner.

"I love to spend time with children and see how they learn and grow. I strive to give children room for growth by creating a safe and inspiring environment that allows them to discover their interests and abilities."

 

Jutta Effler Jutta Effler
PreK Head Teacher

Frau Effler was born and raised in Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. She holds a Master's degree in Food Chemistry from the University of Kaiserslautern and received her state certificate (Staatsexamen II). For eight years, she worked as a tenured staff scientist at the Institute for Food Chemistry in Speyer, with tasks ranging from developing analytical methods for determination of organic residues to teaching food chemist trainees. Jutta and her German husband moved to Seattle in 1995 and are raising their three kids bilingually. For ten years, she worked with teachers in various North Seattle College Cooperative preschools and educated herself in child development and early childhood education. She also is a seasoned volunteer in Seattle's public school system, having worked with K-12 students as assistant teacher, chaperone and tutor.

"I love being around kids, seeing their excitement about new things they encounter and learning and sharing my experience in raising bilingual kids at SAGA."

 

Gabriela Priss Gabriela Priss
Preschool Head Teacher

Frau Priss was born and raised in Braunschweig, Germany. Before she came to Seattle in 1997 she worked as a Certificate Public Accountant. She received her Associate in Arts Early Childhood Education Degree in March 2009. Since 2007 she has taught Preschool at EGLS in Bellevue and from 2009 to 2015 at an American preschool. She has two bilingual children. Gabi enjoys traveling, gardening, yoga and dancing.

“Children see magic because they look for it.” - Christopher Moore

 

Katharina Mullen Katharina Mullen
PreK Teacher Assistant

Frau Mullen is from Davis, California, and joined the Seattle community after finishing her degree in German Studies at Scripps College in Southern California. During her time at Scripps, she participated in Study Abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. Katharina has enjoyed working with children for as long as she can remember, and she still enjoys giving swim instruction and music lessons. Working at SAGA has been a perfect combination of her favorite things- getting to have fun working with children, and speaking German.

"Everything that we encounter leaves traces behind. Everything contributes imperceptibly to our education" - Goethe

 

Barbara Brechtmann Barbara Brechtmann
Preschool Teacher Assistant

Frau Brechtmann was born and grew up in North Rhine-Westphalia. She got her degree in child care education in Germany and worked in several Kindergartens and different orphanages with children of all ages. She enjoyed living with her family in Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich. End of 2008, she moved with her husband and two children to the Seattle area. It was fascinating to see how fast her own kids became fluent in spoken and written English.
She is excited to work in a relaxed atmosphere at SAGA, to support the children’s unique gift to be able learn a second language so quickly and to help them develop into confident individuals.

"A different language is a different vision of life." - Federico Fellini

 

Liane Claassen Liane Claassen
Preschool Teacher Assistant

Frau Claassen is a native German speaker from Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, Germany. She came to the US in 1998 as an Au-pair where she lived in a family with five children. Liane has extensive experience working with children and has taught the "SAGA Parent - Child Kinderstunde" in the past. Her degrees are in early childhood education, "Staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin", from Berufsbildende Schulen Oldenburg in Germany and a bachelor of science in health psychology from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. Frau Claassen has also worked as a counselor for nicotine cessation, was co-facilitating a support group for domestic violence survivors and volunteered at CancerLifeLine, all for several years here in Seattle. Liane loves traveling and the outdoors and enjoys sharing this with her three children and husband whenever possible.

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings." - Hodding Carter

 

Extended Care Camp

Ashley Fauquet Ashley Fauquet
Extended Care Coordinator

Frau Fauquet was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she graduated from a classical high school as one of the first graduating classes. There, she was challenged and mentored to find a passion for learning and eagerness to explore new things. Before going to college, Ashley spent some time traveling Europe and coordinating mission teams for children in Mexico. Ashley went on to pursue Applied Sciences, Psychology and a Nursing Transfer Degree. This started her rewarding career as a health care provider that later developed into patient care management and hospital coordination. Ashley often spends her free evenings in outreach programs for youth in the Seattle area, including mentor building and local community events.

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" - Aristotle

 

Specialized Programs

Sabine Endrigkeit Sabine Endrigkeit
Enrichment: Recorder Teacher

Frau Endrigkeit grew up in Frankfurt, Germany, in a home that was almost constantly filled with music. She studied recorder and flute with Annegret Lucke at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt, Germany as well as music theory, ear training and music history. Sabine continued her flute studies with Paul Dahme at the Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory Frankfurt. Her passion is to help children find their voice in music.

“Musik wäscht den Staub des Alltags von der Seele.” - Bertold Auerbach, Schriftsteller 1812-1882