Monday, July 24th, 2017

Elementary Level 3


Elementary Level 3

Monika Jessel, Teacher

Monika Jessel

Hi, 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.

Snapshot_20110824_7Karin Christensen, TA

Hello. My name is Karin Christensen. I joined the German School of San Francisco in September 2013 as assistant to a wonderful and highly competent teaching staff. I am a native German speaker originally from Lower Saxony’ Wendland but I also lived in Celle, Bremen, Cologne, Frankfurt/Main and other places before moving to the US. My career choices have involved working with languages, whether in the International Dept. of a major pharmaceutical company where I constantly switched between German, English, French and Spanish or the PR Dept. of a US movie distributor where translating English to German was an essential part of my duties. I am a certified Industrial Interpreter. I also really enjoy reading and listening to Low German, or Plattdeutsch. As Human Resources Manager of many years I learned to love employment law but missed working with languages. Operating an online magazine about Germany and helping children learn my native tongue are a joy.