Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Middle School Level 4


Teacher: Monika Jessel

Monika JesselHi, my name is Monika Jessel. I was born and raised in Hamburg, in the northern part of Germany. This is where I received my degree in Social Pedagogic at the College of Education.

Since then I have been working with children of various ages and settings for the last twenty years. I have been working at the German School San Francisco as a teacher from 1998 to 2002, when I needed to take a break to adjust to my promotion to Executive Director at the Grattan After School Program, a very challenging and rewarding position. Since the beginning of this school year I once again enjoy teaching German to young children in the familiar and supportive atmosphere of the German School! In my spare time I like to read, take long walks with Murphy, my West Highland terrier, cuddle with my cat, Bali and travel as much as I can.

TA: Marta Mozin

Marta MozinHaving been born to Polish parents in Germany, I developed a desire to learn German at an early age. My brother and I were both born in Germany after my parents immigrated from Poland. At home, we spoke Polish and I was just beginning to pick up some German at the age of 3 when we moved to the U.S. To this day, I so vividly recall starting first grade and not speaking a word of English. It was challenging but as a child, one absorbs a language much quicker and within literally months, I was fluent in English.

At the age of 14, the opportunity to take German finally arose when I entered high school. I took German all throughout high school and travelled to Germany on a few exchanges. To this day, one of the highlights of my life was the 1-month long trip to Germany that I won after successfully taking the AATG test and conversing with an AATG representative over the phone. As I proceeded to the University of Puget Sound in Washington, I selected an interdisciplinary major (Foreign Language International Affairs) of which German was a great part. Every week, I would attend the German Conversation Hours that the language program organized. In my junior year, I spent a year in Passau, Germany immersing myself in the language and culture. I embarked on this journey somewhat apprehensive but truly, this was one of the most phenomenal experiences of my life and I would greatly encourage anybody and everybody to undertake it if possible.

My passion for all things German led me to consequently pursue a Master’s in International Policy Studies where the vast majority of my research revolved around Germany. After completing my degree, getting married, and moving to the East Bay so that my husband could pursue his PhD in Nuclear Engineering, I was ecstatic to discover the German School where I have been teaching since the Fall of 2007.