Who We Are

We are a network of German language consultants supporting the teaching and learning of German in the US. We support German programs at US schools and collaborate with educational and training agencies, professional associations and schools.

Nicolette Gahleitner

Nicolette Gahleitner

Area of Responsibility: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher of English and Clothing Technology, certified teacher of German
  • Most recently employed in Germany at the technical college of the vocational school for wood, color and textile Gsechs in Hamburg, post of special responsibility for public relation of the Gsechs and the Hamburg Department of Professional Education (HIBB)
  • Experience in international project and exchange program coordination, vocational training and professional internships, German Language Certificate (DSD) exam evaluation and DSD National Certificate, public relations work
  • Employed at Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) since August 2018
  • Responsible at ZfA for German Language Certificate (DSD), German Language Proficiency Assessment A1 and A2 and support for PASCH & DSD schools in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida

Email: atlanta@auslandsschulwesen.de Phone: 404-893-8836 Click here for more information

Susanne Dreyer

Susanne Dreyer

Area of Responsibility: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Mexico

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher of English and French
  • Most recently employed in Germany as a teacher and member of the board of directors at the Gymnasium Kleine Burg in Braunschweig
  • Experience in training and continuing education of teachers, school administration, school development, German Language Certificate (DSD)
  • Employed at Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) since August 2019
  • Responsible at ZfA for German Language Certificate (DSD), German Language Proficiency Assessment A1 and A2, support for PASCH & DSD schools in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Mexico

Email: houston@auslandsschulwesen.de Phone: 832-410-0706
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Helmut Kehlenbeck

Helmut Kehlenbeck

Area of Responsibility: Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher of German and Teaching of children with special needs
  • Most recently employed in Germany as an advisor for intercultural affairs with the Minister of Children and Education in Bremen als also as a reporter for intercultural affairs on behalf of the Secretary of the Standing Conference of Ministers for Education and Cultural Affairs.
  • Experience in school administration, school development, German Language Certificate (DSD), continuing education of teachers
  • Employed at ZfA since August 2017
  • Responsible at ZfA for German Language Certificate (DSD), German Language Proficiency Assessment A1 and A2, support for PASCH & DSD schools in Northeastern US

Email: richmond@auslandsschulwesen.de Phone: +1 (804) 393-4409, click here for more information

Kerstin Hämmerling

Kerstin Hämmerling

Area of Responsibility: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher for German as a foreign language and English, MA Languages & Cultural Studies
  • Teaching experience at Middle, High School and college level
  • Experience in organizing professional development for teachers, curriculum advice, organizing student projects and exchanges, and advocacy for German
  • Employed at the Goethe-Institut Boston since April 2017
  • Responsible at the Goethe-Institut Boston for the continuing education of German teachers in New England, for organizing German Career Days and other student events, and supporting PASCH schools in New England

Emailkerstin.haemmerling@goethe.de Phone: +1 617 893-5471, Click here for more information

Theresa Fuchs

Theresa Fuchs

Area of Responsibility: Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher of German as a Foreign Language, English and Religion
  • Most recently employed in Germany at Elisabeth-Gymnasium Halle (Saale)
  • Language consultant at Goethe-Institut Chicago since January 2019
  • Responsible for the continuing education of German teachers in the Midwest, organizing the International German Olympics USA, supporting PASCH schools, and promoting the German Digital Kinderuniversity
  • Experience in new media and foreign language teaching, curriculum advice, organizing student projects and exchanges, advocacy for German, combining German and STEM

Email: Theresa.Fuchs@goethe.de Phone: 312-263-0472 Click here for more information

Leeni Martinkari

Leeni Martinkari

Area of Responsibility: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher of German, English and Drama
  • Most recently employed in Germany at the marcel-breuer-schule, vocational college for wood and glass technology and design in Berlin-Pankow
  • Experience in exchange programs, vocational training and internships, integration of refugees
  • Employed at the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) since September 2016
  • Responsible at  ZfA for German Language Certificate (DSD), German Language Proficiency Assessment A1 and A2, support for PASCH & DSD schools in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Emailchicago@auslandsschulwesen.de Phone614 284-5887 Click here for more information

Ingo Matthias

Ingo Matthias

Area of Responsibility: California, Utah, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher of German and English
  • Most recently employed in Germany at Altes Gymnasium Bremen
  • Teacher Trainer and Coordinator for the debate contest “Youth Debate” (Jugend debattiert) for the State of Bremen
  • Experience in school development, trained school mediator, integration of refugees
  • Employed at Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) since August 2019
  • • Responsible at ZfA for German Language Certificate (DSD), German Language Proficiency Assessment A1 and A2, support for PASCH & DSD schools in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah

Email: sanfrancisco@auslandsschulwesen.de Phone: 510-316-6998

Gabriele Maiss-Minkler

Gabriele Maiss-Minkler

Area of Responsibility: Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Trained teacher of German, Politics/Social Studies and Italian
  • Most recently employed in Germany at the David-Roentgen-Schule, vocational college for industry and technology, Neuwied, Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Experience in training and continuing education of teachers and training of student teachers, curriculum development, exchange programs and teacher training supervisor
  • Employed at Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) since August 2019
  • Responsible at ZfA for German Language Certificate (DSD), German Language Proficiency Assessment A1 and A 2, support for PASCH & DSD schools in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado

Email: olympia@auslandsschulwesen.de Phone: 425-362-9800 Click here for more information