Why I am a Trainer

Susanne Even
Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) 

Susanne Even © Susanne Even Working for and within the Trainer Network fascinates me because of its democratic nature: language teachers come together and embark on mutual exchanges of experiences in joint learning processes. We learn from and with each other and thus pursue both our individual and collective professionalities. We put the significance of German as a Foreign Language on the map and, at the same time, implement what we dare to teach – life-long learning!
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Sara Hoefler
The Paragon School (Orlando, FL) 

Sara Hoefler © Sara Hoefler As a member of the Trainer Network, I have my fingers on the pulse of all things German. Whether best practices in the classroom, further education for professionals, or fun contests for students – the Goethe-Institut is an invaluable resource.
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Elke Lorenz
Manhattan High School (Manhattan, KS) 

Elke Lorenz © Elke Lorenz The collaboration with colleagues across the United States and from all levels of instruction is enriching and inspires me on a daily basis to do my best in the classroom.
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Jo Sanders 
Rilke Schule (Anchorage, AK) 

Jo Sanders © Jo Sanders The work with the Trainer Network is tremendously important to me as an AATG consultant as well as a Networker, since I give an average of 12 workshops per year all over the country. The training sessions bring new topics to us, acquaint us with new resources and, above all, train us in new methods to use to inspire teachers. I want the teachers in my workshops to leave saying, “I can do this... I have to do this”.  


Lorna Sopcak 
Ripon College (Ripon, WI) 

​Lorna Sopcak © ​Lorna Sopcak As a one-person department, I welcome the opportunity to work with teams of colleagues in the Trainer Network, as we are introduced to pedagogically sound materials and approaches and then develop sessions to present at state, regional and national conferences. The work has shaped my teaching and kept me informed of pedagogical innovations. The purpose of the Trainer Network is to serve the profession, but it is also an opportunity for personal development and for building relationships with colleagues.
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Daniel Villanueva 
University of Nevada (Reno, NV)


Daniel Villanueva © Daniel Villanueva The opportunity to share experiences with educators from elementary teachers to full professors that the Goethe-Institut Trainer Network provides has proven very beneficial not only to me, but also to my university colleagues and our Nevada AATG chapter. The regional workshops to be wonderful occasions for creative collaboration on pedagogy, new student recruitment, and existing German program support with dedicated educators from as far away as Alaska and New York. (And since our membership includes excellent cooks, singers, and actors, our workshops have important social aspects, too!)
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