Monday, September 25th, 2017

Adult Classes

Adult Classes

Anke Cruse, Teacher

Anke Cruse

My name is Anke Cruse and I have been teaching the classes for adults at the German School since September 2001.  I am a native speaker of German, born in Hamburg where after high school I completed vocational school of law with a certificate as legal secretary.  Curiosity and a desire to learn took me to Switzerland, England and finally to the United States.  Here in San Francisco I found my new home and the opportunity to study.  I obtained an A.A. degree in Business and a Certificate of the Royal Society of Arts in TEFL/TESL (Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language).  Later, while teaching in Japan I received my B.A. in Linguistics.  Today I look back to 25 years of teaching English and German (DfA – Deutsch für Ausländer) and think with pride of my students’ success in Mexico, Japan, Germany and now the United States.  For me teaching has always been a joy and highly rewarding.  It’s just great to help students’ progress, and succeed.  I am proud to be a member of the academically oriented German School of San Francisco.  In my leisure time I continue to travel, read, hike, and enjoy movies, concerts, art, the opera and ballet.

Margrit, Teacher


I am Margrit Hall and I am currently teaching the Adult Beginner Class at the German School. I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. Before moving to San Francisco, I lived and worked in Germany, England, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. I received my BA and MA in Comparative Literature (German and English) from UC Berkeley and my Single Subject Teaching Credential for German from S.F. State University. Languages and teaching have always been my passion. It was, therefore, a dream come true when I first started teaching German as a foreign language at the French American International School in S.F. From 1984-1999, I taught grades 6-12 preparing English and French speaking students for the French and International Baccalaureate exams in German.
Teaching at the German School fell into my lap, so to speak, when my granddaughter wanted to learn German. I took her to the School and, in 2001, began teaching here. I left in 2011 to spend more time with family and friends, especially on the weekends. Between then and now I occasionally stepped in to teach Anke Cruse’s two adult classes and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am excited to be back this fall to teach my own Beginning German class for Adults.