Board

 

Board of Directors 2016/2017

 

Bodil Rosenhagen (President)

I was very fortunate to have parents who supported me in my decision to experience the world after completing my education in Germany in 1992. My first and last stop in the US was (and is) Seattle, the city which I now call "home".  My daughter, who is a Sophomore at Garfield High School in Seattle, has been attending EGLS since she was a toddler and recently passed the DSD I exam.  As we are definitely not speaking enough German at home, attending EGLS has helped her to be confident in her mother tongue and to be able to speak German with friends and family.  We have enjoyed many of the EGLS sponsored events throughout the years and especially our Saturday morning German community gatherings as parents who bring their children to school and often remain during class and socialize.

Dirk Busse (Vice-President)

Four years ago I moved to Seattle with my family (my wife Leanna, 2 children Andreas and Annika and Winston our dog)  Working in the Telecommunications industry for the past 20 years for Siemens and now Nokia has given us the opportunity to live and get know many places – China, Germany, Brazil and the Middle East. Throughout this time using and developing German language and staying in touch with culture & society  has been one of our priorities as a family. We have been part of the EGLS community for 3 years now. I grew up in China and Germany and received my higher education in the US (Valparaiso Univ., IN and Cornell Univ., NY) studying Physics and Elec. Engineering. Today I work as a Head of Sales at Nokia Networks building and enhancing Cellular Networks for major operators throughout the United States.

Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)

I am the principal of the East German Language School, which offers a wonderful program for students and their families who wish to improve their German skills. As a native of Germany I grew up in Hannover, Germany, and later lived with my family in Stuttgart until we moved to the beautiful Seattle area in 2007. I am a Certified Biologist and Doctor of Civil Engineering specialized in water treatment. After my graduation I worked as an assistant professor at the University of Stuttgart and at a consulting company specialized in projects for developing countries. Since my sons started school I have been actively participating and volunteering in the German PTA equivalent, representing the parents interest on the school board. When we moved here, I have naturally joined the PTA programs of the local schools. There I help organize school and class projects and serve as a parent leader and art docent. Living in Seattle has given me and my family the opportunity to appreciate a different language and culture. As I see my sons growing up bilingually I am happy to share those experiences and to support other families who wish to discover the German culture in a friendly and enjoyable environment like the EGLS.

Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)

I am an Early Childhood Specialist educated in Nuernberg Germany. I have two children, who are bilingual. I have been teaching at the East Side German Language School since 1997. Currently I am teaching the youth class. Some of the students have been with me since I started teaching in the EGLS. My students participate in planning and choosing themes for the year and we work through them with reading, writing, hands on projects, discussions and more.

 

 

Kerstin Nolder (Teachers Representative)

A native of Germany, I have been living in the Seattle area since 1989 and teaching at EGLS since 1999. I did my entire teacher training in Germany, being qualified for teaching at a German Gymnasium (5-13). I love teaching the German language, culture and history to children. Songs, crafts, stories, authentic movies, and total physical response are part of my curriculum besides reading and writing. I have been with most of "my" students for five years, and have seen them make enormous progress. My first priority for them is having fun learning German. It is fascinating to see them absorb the language like a sponge.

 

Gabi Priss (Teachers Representative)

I was born in Braunschweig, Germany and moved to the Seattle area with my husband in 1997. In Germany I worked as a certificate public accountant, but after moving here and having two children, who are growing up bilingual, I attended college and received my associate in arts early childhood education degree in 2009.  I am the pre-school teacher at the EGLS since 2007 and also worked at an American Pre-school before. I love to teach the preschool age, the children are so eager to learn everything and there is so much they can discover every day. In my class we dance, sing, hear stories and retell them, do finger plays and felt stories, have art projects and for sure some free play time.

 

Axel Koch (Treasurer)

I was born and raised near Leipzig, Germany. As a 15 year old, I experienced the peaceful revolution and the fall of the Berlin wall at first hand. I later became an exchange student and attended high school and college in Texas. After graduating from University in Leipzig, my wife and I moved to the Seattle area in 2000 where I’ve been working as a software engineer in the medical device industry. All three of our sons have started attending the Eastside German Language School’s toddler group when they were only about 2 years old. It has been very rewarding to see them learn the German language and culture over the last 6 years, so that they can communicate with their grandparents and extended family back in Germany. My entire family has greatly enjoyed the sense of community and the many cultural events provided by EGLS. 

Mascha Kroenlein (Secretary)

I’ve been an EGLS Parent since 2014 (mom to Felix and Leica, both enrolled in Preschool and Elementary School classes) and EGLS Secretary since 2015. I first came to Washington (from Düsseldorf where I grew up) in 1989 on Highschool Exchange and returned after my Abitur in 1992, studying at Western Washington University in Bellingham. I’ve been working and living in the Seattle area since 1996. To me it’s super important that my children grow up understanding, speaking, reading and writing German and are engulfed in German culture. Felix and Leica get all of this and more (Love our library!) at EGLS. Feel free to say hi and chat. I would love to know how we can make EGLS even a better German school and community for you and your family. Also, please share any feedback on our Newsletter!

Andreas Schiffler (Director)

Andreas Schiffler, born and raised in Germany attained his High-School diploma concurrently with a diploma as Chem-Tech in 1987. He then moved to Canada in 1989 to study at the University of Saskatchewan, where he received his B.Sc. in 1994 and a M.Sc. in Space Physics at ISAS in 1996. Then he worked with media artists Prof. Jill Scott and Dr. Jeffrey Shaw at the ZKM media-art institute in Karlsruhe, Germany. He returned to Canada in 2000  work for various tech startups. He moved to the US in 2008, working for Microsoft Corp. in various roles as software engineer. Soon after arriving he joined the EGLS board for a few years years, since his 3 children are students at EGLS, training their German skills (to be able to ask for more "Weihnachtsgeschenke von Oma und Opa" of course). After having finished his PhD thesis in media theory at the ZHdK, Zurich in 2014, Andreas became yet again an EGLS boardmember 2016. 

Dr. Ajoke Sobanjo- ter Meulen (Director)

Ajoke Sobanjo-ter Meulen moved to Seattle 3 years ago, together with her husband and two sons. Ajoke is pleased to have quickly become an active member of the wonderful community at EGLS, and has been a board member since 2015. In addition to providing a window of opportunity to learn about German culture and society, the excellent teachers at EGLS have helped her two boys successfully develop their German language skills. Ajoke is a pediatrician with extensive professional experience in academic patient care, industry, and global health. Currently, Ajoke is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she leads the maternal immunization initiative aimed at reducing newborn mortality in low-income countries. Ajoke grew up in both Germany and Nigeria, and worked and lived in Africa, Europe, and the US.  She is eager to share her learning experiences with the students at EGLS.

Dirk Tenne, Ph.D. (Director)

Dirk Tenne grew up in former East Germany. He studied Maschinenbau at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt and received his Diplom Ingenieur in 1999 as well as a Master of Science for Mechanical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He stayed in Buffalo, NY for a few more years and graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering before starting his career in the medical device industry working as R&D engineer. In December 2007, Dirk and his family, moved to Seattle and later on to Bellevue. Since 2010 his daughter has attended the EGLS school program, and his son soon followed in the parent/child playgroup. “The EGLS community is a great place to meet new friends for both the children and parents, and to connect with our culture from far away.”

Board Alumni

The Board Members 2015/2016

Matt Siems (President)
Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)
Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)
Kerstin Nolder, Gabi Priss (Teachers Representatives)
Axel Koch (Treasurer)
Mascha Kroenlein (Secretary)
Ajoke Sobanjo-terMeulen (Director)

The Board Members 2014/2015

Matt Siems (President)
Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)
Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)
Kerstin Nolder (Teachers Representative)
Axel Koch (Treasurer)
Lisa Schoo (Secretary)
Carmen Siems, Thomas Stone (Directors)

The Board Members 2013/2014

Christina Easton (President)
Melinda Wilson (Vice-President)
Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)
Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)
Kerstin Nolder, Klaudia Linowska (Teachers Representatives)
Axel Koch (Treasurer)
Lisa Schoo (Secretary)
Carmen Siems, Thomas Stone (Directors)

The Board Members 2012/2013

Christina Easton (President)
Melinda Wilson (Vice-President
Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)
Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)
Kerstin Nolder, Klaudia Linowska (Teachers Representatives)
Axel Koch (Treasurer)
Lisa Schoo (Secretary)
Rob Hindman, Matt Siems, Thomas Stone, Grey Phillips (Directors)

The Board Members 2011/2012

Christina Easton (President)
Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)
Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)
Kerstin Nolder (Teachers Representative)
Margarete Chenoweth (2nd Teachers Representative)
Martin Fuhs (Treasurer)
Melinda Wilson (Secretary)
Andreas Schiffler (Director) Rob Hindman (Director)

The Board Members 2010/2011

Rob Hindman (President)
Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)
Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)
Kerstin Nolder (Teachers Representative)
Monica Marco (2nd Teachers Representative)
Martin Fuhs (Treasurer)
Dawn Spencer (Secretary)
Andreas Schiffler (Director)

The Board Members 2009/2010

Rob Hindman (President)
Dr. Angrid-Kathrin Henning (Principal)
Anita Dunlap (Vice-Principal)
Kerstin Nolder (Teachers Representative)
Martin Fuhs (Treasurer)
Dawn Spencer (Secretary)
Andreas Schiffler (Director)

The Board Members 2008/2009

Rob Hindman (President)
Ulla Bode (Principal)
Kerstin Nolder (Teachers Representative)
Winfried Danke (Treasurer)
Monica Rockwell (Secretary)
Elizabeth McIntyre (Director)
Andreas Schiffler (Director)

 

 

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