Though I was born and raised in Berlin, I will always have a deep connection to Passau. This small Bavarian city is where I studied and worked from 2009 to 2015 before my move to New York City. After finishing my degree in Media Studies, I started working as a lecturer and research assistant in media studies and media pedagogy. From 2012 to 2015 I also taught German courses through the university's summer school program. Students participating in this program came from all over the world, eager to learn. Since 2015 I have been working as a German instructor and exam official at the Goethe-Institut New York.
For me, the most exciting part about teaching German is to see how happy students are when they start seeing their progress. I also want to make sure that my learners leave my course not just with knowledge of the language but of the German culture as well.
Working at the summer school was a great experience. However, I knew that there is always room to improve my teaching. Sadly, there was no real feedback or supervision of the classes. Only since I started working at the Goethe-Institut have I received constant feedback, tips and advice. Though it felt uncomfortable in the beginning to be observed by someone, my professional development over the last three years shows me that it was worth it. I would love to pass on this experience in the coaching program, working with colleagues who are equally willing to reflect upon their teaching and eager to exchange ideas to make classes even more successful.