Fall 2016

Join GSEB in Welcoming Three New Teachers!

Alicia Roy

Alicia Roy

Alicia Roy is a PhD student in the German Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has taught German language and literature classes since 2014. She obtained her dual major bachelor’s degree in German and Media Studies at Scripps College in California and afterwards worked at the Bundestag in Berlin and as a foreign language teaching assistant for the Fulbright Program in Giessen, Hesse. She studies early German cinema and in her spare time loves sci-fi television, cooking, and traveling.



Eva Imbsweiler

Eva Imbsweiler

I am so excited to join the GSEB teaching staff.  After joining Monica’s Kultur- and Literaturclub in January, I was happy to discover a place to connect with fellow German-speakers. I was born in Hamburg to a German mother and an American father.  Our family moved to Atlanta after my younger brother was born.  Fun fact: his name is Adam. At the age of 4, I enrolled in Kindergarten at the Atlanta International School, where I graduated with an IB Bilingual Diploma in 2006.  I attended Vanderbilt University, where I studied Child Development and Human & Organizational Development.

I am starting my second year as a teacher at Shu Ren International School in Berkeley, where I teach Grades 1 and 2.  Previously, I taught for three years at the Berlin Cosmopolitan School, and for one year in the Louisiana school system.  On my father’s side, I am a fourth-generation teacher.  My mother is an artist, and her example inspires me to infuse creativity into the process of teaching and learning.

My teaching philosophy is that all learning is relationship-based, so I strive to build connections with and among my students and their families.  I also strongly believe literacy is essential to identity; the process of writing gives each individual a voice, and the voice we each possess empowers us to critically engage with others.

My 7th and 8th grade students at GSEB will build upon their German literacy in reading, reflecting, and writing.  They will communicate and present their ideas about the texts we read, their interests outside of class, their ideas about the world, and their feelings as individuals.  I am curious to see where this journey leads!

Monika Hartmann

Monika Hartmann

Monika Hartmann is joining the GSEB teaching team in September 2016 for the 2016/2017 school year, teaching first grade. She was born in Germany, where she played basketball and earned a teaching credential for elementary school, focusing her studies on pedagogy, German language and sports. During her schooling, she taught all levels of German, and coached a basketball team (AG) for 3rd and 4th graders. After moving to California, she taught German at the Concord Adult School.

Additionally, Monika holds a master’s degree in integral psychology from John F. Kennedy University. For the past 20 years, Monika has taught various English and math classes at a business college, making sure to include some German words and phrases into her lessons.  She taught a second grade class at the German Language summer camp in Berkeley this year. This school year, Monika will also teach a fifth grade class at BAKS+ in Berkeley. She lives in Martinez with her husband, a daughter, and her menagerie of dogs, cats, and birds.

To see the biographies of all GSEB teachers and administrators, click the links.

Thank You for Volunteering!

Your volunteer hours help GSEB keep your tuition and operating costs lower for our 200 students this semester. Your efforts are appreciated and through volunteering, you meet new friends and have lots of fun together throughout the year! If you have not already done so, our Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator, Kit Thompson, has made it easy for you to sign up for volunteer positions by clicking on the icon below and selecting volunteer activities of your choice.

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Library Volunteer Needed

If you are still wondering how you can contribute your volunteer hours, GSEB is looking for a librarian to manage our library for the school year. Reading is a great way to encourage German vocabulary and sentence structure!  You don’t need to be a librarian, and you will be contributing to building German literacy skills among our students!


GSEB board members, administrative staff and teachers attended the recent German American School Association of Northern California (GASANC) in Mountain View, CA. Seven Bay Area Saturday Schools participated. The yearly, day long workshop presented lectures on teaching methods, school governance and staffing.

Mark Your Calendar For These Important School Events and Dates!

  • Laternenfest, Friday, November 11, 2016
  • UGAS Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Christmas Cookies Sale, Saturday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 10th (at GSEB) and Sunday, December 11, 2016 (at Adventsfeier)
  • Adventsfeier, Sunday, December 11, 2016

Other Noteworthy Events

The Livermore Valley Opera presents “Der Fliegende Hollaender” on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, September 25 at 2 pm, Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 2 at 2 pm, in the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA  94557.  The opera is in German, and our own Otti Kiraly has been serving as the cast’s language/diction coach.

The GSEB board and staff looks forward to providing you with  a rewarding, productive year of learning, using and appreciating the German language and culture!