Summer School

Language Course Team

Anna-Lena Schenck studied German and English at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and completed additional studies in German as a Foreign Language. She worked as a foreign language assistant in the USA and Australia before she started teaching at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney in 2011. She was as a Language Coordinator and Language Advisor until 2017 and is currently working as a Project Coordinator for the project Unternehmen Deutsch-Enterprise German. As an educational writer, Anna is also involved in many different local, regional and central projects for the Goethe-Institut. Being part of the regional teacher training network Deutsch Lehren Lernen (DLL), she is also engaged in the innovative advanced training and continued professional development for new teachers in the region South East Asia.

Mona, who is one of our newest staff members at the Goethe-Institut, moved to Sydney in December 2016.
In June 2016, Mona graduated from the University of Passau (Germany), where she studied in a teacher education programme with a focus on English and sports. While working as a language assistant at a secondary school in London, Mona gained an insight into teaching German as a Foreign Language. After Mona had finished university, she was working in the field of German as a Second Language by teaching refugees within an intensive course.
Since April 2017, Mona has been part of the German teachers team at the Goethe-Institut Sydney and is teaching language courses as well as one on one (Individual Tuition).  Furthermore, she is teaching German and sports at the German International School Sydney.
I guess you could say I’m a born teacher, growing up bilingually in both the French and German speaking parts of Switzerland I had a passion for languages from when I was little. After a couple of years in advertising, using the power of words to sell things, I finally found my true calling when becoming a teacher. I see myself as a creative, enthusiastic and dedicated teacher and I love teaching languages in a playful way that inspires my students and shows them that learning a language can actually be fun (you’ll still have to do your homework though)! 
After finishing her Master Degree in English Linguistics, Cultural Studies and Japanese Language and Culture in Würzburg and Kyoto Katharina studied Intercultural Paedagogics and German as a Second and Foreign Language in Cologne and Ankara. Following positions in Germany, Turkey, Japan and China, Katharina now lives and works in Australia.

Workshop team

Sandro Jahn studied music at HfMT Hamburg, Hamburg School of Music and Popakademie Mannheim as well as English and Psychology at the University of Hamburg.

Fabio Niehaus studied Music at the HfMT Hamburg and Popakademie Mannheim and completed his studies in the fields of education and movement science at the University of Hamburg.