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I am Ursula and I very much look forward to getting to know all of you. I am sure that we will have lots of fun together. I am German/Ecuadorian, which is why I was lucky enough to grow up in two "worlds" and cultures. 20 years ago I started teaching DaF and Biology at the German School in Guayaquil and DaF at the German Culture Centre. My husband was relocated 14 years ago, which meant my family left Ecuador. My family consists of my husband, our 19 year old son, Andres, and our well-travelled dog Charlie (who has also become multilingual by now). We have lived in Mexico (Mexico City and Monterrey), USA (Boston), followed by Australia (Sydney) and have now returned to Boston. In all of these very different countries, I have been a DaF teacher. This gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizons through exciting, rewarding and above all cultural experiences and impressions. I am a passionate teacher, I enjoy my job and I look forward to working together. 
 

Ursula Abad Ursula Abad
Teacher
Ursula.Abad@Sydney.goethe.org
I am from Hamburg, a port city in the north of Germany where I did my Master's degree in Social and Economic History. After working several years in the field of press relations and corporate communications, I began training as a teacher of German as a foreign language in 2016. In addition to  German and English, I speak Turkish, Portuguese and a little French. So, I am passionate about languages and their importance for intercultural understanding. In 2016 I moved to New York and I am still fascinated by this multicultural city - the perfect base to learn and make use of languages. My goal is to teach German in a way that is motivating and fun for my learners.

Ebru Ahuja Ebru Ahuja
Honorarlehrkraft
ebru.ahuja@goethe.de
I grew up in the southern city of Stuttgart and studied at the University of Tübingen. I obtained my teaching degree in German and English with a focus on literary studies, linguistics, and education. Beginning in my first semester, I worked as an assistant in the department for German as a Foreign Language at the university and discovered my passion for teaching my mother tongue. Since then I have been following this passion and worked at different institutions in both the USA and Germany. The most fascinating aspect of teaching German is the combination of Lehren (teaching) and Lernen (learning) – for both my students and me. Learning a language takes you on an enriching journey that does not end in the classroom.

Elena Alston Elena Alston
Teacher
elena.alston@goethe.de
Originally I am from Frankfurt, Germany, but have lived in Chicago for many years. Chicago is my “Wahlheimat” (chosen home).  Even though my degree is in economics/finance, my passion is teaching. Since 2009 I have been teaching at the Goethe-Institut in Chicago. I really enjoy the energy in the classroom - teaching is so rewarding.  In my free time I am a passionate runner - meet me at Lake Michigan early in the morning. ​​

Martina Gombas Martina Gombas
Teacher
martina.gombas@goethe.de
I am a real Hessian: born in Fulda, grown up in the Darmstadt area and a Kassel residents for 12 years before my move to Chicago.
I studied teaching profession in Frankfurt. My family and I have lived in Chicago since 2012 where I started to work for the Goethe-Institut in 2014. I love my job and am very happy to see that so many people from Chicago are interested in the German culture and language.
 

Ruth Herrmann Ruth Herrmann
Teacher
Ruth.Herrmann@Chicago.goethe.org
I was raised in Berlin, but lived in a beautiful city named Passau (in Bavaria) for 6 years. In Passau, I did my degree in Media Studies, focusing on German literature and German film. In 2012 I started working as a lecturer and research assistant at the university, at the chair for Media Education. I  also taught German courses for different groups of foreign students and refugees in 2012-2015. What I love about teaching language courses is the story behind each learner’s motivation. I want to help my students to enjoy not only the language, but his or her intercultural experience.

Steffi Krause Steffi Krause
Language Program Officer
steffi.krause@goethe.de
Before moving from Switzerland to Silicon Valley, I was teaching German and English at a “Gymnasium” in Zurich as well as at the “Volkshochschule” (community college). Learning and teaching languages has always been a passion for me, and as a native Swiss, I also speak other foreign/national languages, of course! Since 2009, I have been teaching standard as well as blended-learning classes at all levels at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco. In addition, I also work as a German online tutor and teacher trainer for the Goethe-Institut. My goal for my learners is that, in addition to learning the language, they also get to experience the culture of the German-speaking countries, and have some fun along the way!
 

Anna Ralston-Schmid Anna Ralston-Schmid
Teacher
Anna.Ralston-Schmid@goethe.de
I grew up in the historic city of Würzburg and lived in Berlin for 11 years, where I worked in the advertisement field. I hold degrees in Business Psychology and in Translation (English and Spanish). In 2012 I started teaching German to international students and artists. I enjoyed working as a German teacher and, therefore, started organizing group conversation as well as individual classes. It is a pleasure for me to teach German, and always a rewarding experience, when I can help my learners to make progress. In 2013 I decided to move to New York City. This place fascinates me because of its unique cultural structure and layered diversity. I am happy to help people here, to open the door to the wonderful German language and its rich culture. 

Mehrnosch Mrzaei Reyes Mehrnosch Mirzaei Reyes
Teacher
mehrnosch.mirzaei-reyes@goethe.de
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. Because of my love to languages I decided to study German and English in St. Petersburg and Berlin. After graduation I worked as a teacher of German as a foreign language in Russia, Germany and Vietnam. I’ve been teaching German at the Goethe-Institute since 2010 and I am more than happy to be teaching in New York since December 2015. My goal is to help my students not only learn a new language, but also get to know the culture better and enjoy the learning process.

Irina Sarrar Irina Sarrar
Teacher
irina.sarrar@goethe.de