All our teachers are either native speakers of German or have a native-like proficiency in German and are highly qualified and experienced in the field of teaching German language. They regularly attend professional development conferences and networking events for teachers of German organized by the Association of German Teachers in Victoria, the Goethe-Institut Melbourne, the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria, the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria and others.
Magdalena Doslov is our new principal and is teaching years 4, 5 and 6. Magdalena has a Bachelor of Education majoring in German Language and Literature from Bosnia-Herzegovina and has studied at the University of Leipzig and University of Bayreuth in Germany. Magdalena was the coordinator of the international program Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kulturminister-konferenz (DSD) at Banja Luka and has worked as a German language examiner in this program. Magdalena is a dynamic language educator and a life-long learner who approaches her work with confidence and energy. Please read her welcome.
Angela, teaching Year 6, 7 and 8, has taught at the GSS previously. She is a native German speaker with a degree from the University of Bonn and a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University. She has been an active member of the Association of German Teachers of Victoria and has taught German to students from Kindergarten to adults. Angela also speaks French and Latin and brings a great passion for languages to the GSS.
Jörg is a native German speaker and is teaching the senior students this year. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the Conservatory in Essen, a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Education from La Trobe University. Jörg has taught both adults and school-aged students in Australia, Germany and the UK. He has great enthusiasm for contemporary German culture including music and film.
Meg is teaching years 4 and 5 this year. She has a Bachelor of Arts from RMIT University, with a major in German from Melbourne University. She has continued her studies with a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education from RMIT. She is currently teaching year 11 and 12 German at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. She has recently been in Germany on a scholarship to undertake an intensive course at the Goethe Institute in Munich. Meg finds teaching extremely rewarding and takes pleasure in working with young people and providing them with the best possible opportunities for their education.
She writes, “Hello my name is Meg Randles.
I am a new teacher at the German Saturday School this year. I have been teaching VCE German for the past 3 years at Bendigo Senior Secondary School, a role which I enjoy immensely.
My love for the German language and culture started with my year 7 German teacher who taught our class through tales of her childhood in Holland and her interesting relationship with the German language and culture. Since then I have completed a Diploma of Modern Languages in German at Melbourne University and lived in Germany for a year, over which time I undertook an internship for my undergraduate degree at RMIT.
I have returned to Germany every year for the past 12 years since the first school exchange in which I participated. I have now established my own student exchange on which I take students every year.
It is a privilege to be able to impart my knowledge and experience at the German Saturday School and I look forward to being a part of such a highly skilled group of teachers and working with students who have a desire to learn and improve their German.”
New addition in September, 2014: Kirsten Schliephake