Staff

We invite you to contact each staff member of the Goethe-Institut New York directly. Please refer to the department staff lists to find out who can best assist you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Georg Blochmann Georg Blochmann
Executive Director
georg.blochmann@goethe.de
Andrea Pfeil Andrea Pfeil
Director Language Program
Deputy Executive Director
Tel.: +1 212 4398719
andrea.pfeil@goethe.de

For further questions, please send an email to:
program-newyork@goethe.de

Georg Blochmann Georg Blochmann
Executive Director
georg.blochmann@goethe.de
Sara Stevenson, Photo: © Jacobia Dahm Sara Stevenson
Residency Program Director Ludlow 38
Program Curator: Visual arts, film, academic programs
sara.stevenson@goethe.de
Katharine Maller Katharine Maller
Assistant for Cultural Programming and Communication
katharine.maller@goethe.de
To contact the Library:
Tel:  +1 877 GOETHE-1 (toll-free within the USA)
Tel:  +1 212 4398688
Fax: +1 212 4398705
library-newyork@goethe.de
Katherine Lorimer Katherine Lorimer
Library Director
katherine.lorimer@goethe.de
Walter Schlect Walter Schlect
Librarian
Tel.: +1 212 4398697
Fax: +1 212 4398705
walter.schlect@goethe.de
Andrea Pfeil Andrea Pfeil
Director Language Program
Deputy Executive Director
Tel.: +1 212 4398719
andrea.pfeil@goethe.de
Steffi Krause Steffi Krause
Language Program Officer
Tel.: +1 212 439 8707
steffi.krause@goethe.de
Robert Bloom Robert Bloom
Language Program Officer
Tel.: +1 212 439 8685
robert.bloom@goethe.de
Anne-Sophie Albrecht Anne-Sophie Albrecht
Project Coordinator
Tel.: +1 212 439 8683
anne-sophie.albrecht@goethe.de
Ajkuna Hoppe Ajkuna Hoppe
Educational Liaison
Tel.: +1 212 439 8704
ajkuna.hoppe@goethe.de
 
   
Ebru Ahuja Daniel Albanese Ebru Ahuja
Teacher
ebru.ahuja@goethe.de

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 a 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. 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.
   
Anne-Sophie Albrecht Anne-Sophie Albrecht
Teacher
anne-sophie.albrecht@goethe.de

Before moving from the Bavarian Alps to New York City, I worked as a speech and language pathologist, specializing in neurological diseases and helping patients who lost their ability to speak. I hold a Master’s degree in Speech Therapy. I am also a certified teacher of German as a foreign language. I love music and have been playing the harp for almost 30 years. Connecting and learning about other cultures enriches and expands my vision of the world.​
   
Elena Mezger Elena Alston
Teacher
elena.alston@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.
 
   
Pauline Bender Daniel Albanese Pauline Bender
Teacher
pauline.bender.extern@goethe.de

I grew up in a small town near Germany’s capital Berlin. I studied International Development in Vienna and Management in Nonprofit Organizations in Osnabrück. Especially through my internationally oriented studies and my various stays abroad (e.g. in the US, Zimbabwe, China and South Korea) I have met many people from different countries and cultures, who enrich my life to this day. In 2018 I started my training at the Goethe-Institut New York to teach German as a foreign language. For me it is important that my students not only learn the German language, but also experience the culture and enjoy learning.
   
Edna Biesold Goethe-Institut Edna Biesold
Teacher
Edna.Biesold@goethe.de

After studying Philosophy, Linguistics and German & Spanish Literature in Heidelberg, Salamanca (Spain) and as a Graduate Student in Berlin, I moved to New York in 2009. I studied filmmaking at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and have since been working worldwide as a cinematographer. My certificate for teaching German as a foreign language has allowed me to work at the Goethe-Institut since 2016. I'm excited about the many Americans who have an interest in my language and culture, and I have a never ending fascination for the students' quick transformation from beginners to true conversation partners.
   
Shila Rahmani Coutard Shila Rahmani Coutard
Teacher
shila.rahmani.coutard.extern@goethe.de

I grew up in the beautiful city of Heidelberg, a college town in southwest Germany. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in education and have attended relevant training and internships to qualify as a teacher of German as a Foreign Language. I have gained experience and valuable expertise by teaching German to adults with migrant backgrounds and also by working with K-12 students, both in Germany and in New York City. Growing up bilingual, I learned early in life that speaking a language is more than just knowing its grammar. Speaking a new language is opening a gate to a new exciting world, a new culture, its people and their stories. I believe the key to successful learning is the interaction between cognition and emotion. I like to offer my students a fun, joyful and yet professional learning environment where we can learn beyond a language.
   
Steffi Krause Foto: Jacobia Dahm Steffi Krause
Teacher
steffi.krause@goethe.de

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.
   
Stéphanie Meier Stéphanie Meier
Teacher
stephanie.meier.extern@goethe.de

Before moving to the USA, I lived in Zürich, the biggest city in Switzerland. While I was studying philosophy and comparative literature, I valued reading texts in their original language, deepening my knowledge of French and English along the way. My interest in French language and culture led me to Paris for half a year, where I learned about the advantages of teaching languages through immersion. I am an avid fan of film and love seeing good movies on the big screen. I have been living in New York since 2019 and am excited to get to know the people of this exciting city personally as a teacher at the Goethe-Institut and to accompany them as they learn my native language.
   
Mernosch Mirzaei-Reyes Goethe-Institut / Steffi Krause Mernosch Mirzaei-Reyes
Teacher
mehrnosch.mirzaei-reyes@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.  
 
Ala Soliman Goethe-Institut New York Ala Soliman
Teacher
ala.soliman@goethe.de

I am from Polotsk, an old Belarusian town in the north of Belarus. I graduated from the University of Polotsk with a diploma as a teacher of German and English. During my studies, i spent almost a year in Germany. After earnig my Master’s degree in Philology (German literature) I worked at the Polotsk State University as a university teacher of German. In 2012 i moved to New York. In February 2017 i started my advanced training as a teacher of German as a foreign language at the Goethe-Institut New York. I find the best after teaching is, if my students can take from the classroom something out: a pice of German culture, a new idea, a new skill ... I try to put my heart and soul into the teaching and i help with pleasure my course participants with their language learning. It is very important to me if my students enjoy learnig and show their minor and major successes.
   
Molly Rowland Molly Rowland
Executive Director
GAPP, Inc.
Tel.: +1 212 4398700
Fax: +1 212 4398705
molly.rowland@goethe.de
Stefanie Proessl Stefanie Proessl
Program Manager
GAPP, Inc.
stefanie.proessl@goethe.de
Helga Lehmann Helga Lehmann
Administrative Assistant
GAPP, Inc.
helga.lehmann@goethe.de
Olga Ilg Olga Ilg
Director of Administration & Accounting
olga.ilg@goethe.de
Lee Grice Lee Grice
Media Technician
Guard
lee.grice@goethe.de
Michael Sanabria Michael Sanabria
Media Technician
Guard
michael.sanabria@goethe.de
Marc Paradise Marc Paradise
Media Technician
marc.paradise@goethe.de
 Marlen Mitschke-Elgasmi
General Administration/Human Resources
marlen.mitschke-elgasmi@goethe.de
Geoff Geoffrey Dobbs
Reception
geoffrey.dobbs@goethe.de
 Jonathan Wooten
Reception
jonathan.wooten@goethe.de