Leeni Martinkari

 @Goethe-Institut NY

I have always been passionate about languages as door-openers to new perceptions and cultural experiences. I have been fortunate to have had the chance to learn four foreign languages, and I am enthusiastic to learn more, preferably in the country where the language is spoken.

After graduating from Freie Universität Berlin and obtaining my teaching degree in German and English, I later added Theater Studies and received my teaching certificate for Darstellendes Spiel, as the school subject is called in Berlin, as well.

I started my teaching career at a time when there still was a surplus of teachers in the Berlin region, in a small town of Blankenfelde.  This gradually changed, and for 11 years, I taught at an Upper Secondary School in Berlin-Weissensee. 

In 2016 I left my teaching position to work as a German Language Advisor for the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) in the US, region Midwest.

I believe professional coaching is an important and meaningful addition to my work promoting and supporting German language programs in US-Schools.  I look forward to an intense and fruitful working relationship with the Goethe-Institut, with old and new colleagues in High- and Middle-Schools, Immersion Schools and German Language Schools.