Daniel Sheaffer, Lead RA

My name is Daniel Sheaffer and I'll be graduating from the College of William & Mary this May with a degree in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. This will be my third summer at Deutschakademie - I attended once as a student in 2013 and returned as an RA last summer. Most of my recent travel experiences have been in the Slavic world, either working or studying in Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, but I hope to move to Germany to teach English shortly after the conclusion of Deutschakademie. I am excited to once again reconnect with my heritage at the Deutschakademie!

Lillian Shankman, RA

My name is Lilly Shankman. I’m an alumna of the German Academy of 2015. My love for German started in middle school, and I continued to pursue the language through AP German in high school. After earning high marks on the AP exam and the National German Exam, I attended an exchange program in Soest and later received a scholarship through PASCH to study in Frankfurt am Main. This is my second summer as an RA at the German Academy, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to return!

Eva Nelson, RA

My name is Eva Nelson. I am a rising sophomore at Christopher Newport University, majoring in History and German with a minor in Political Science. I have been studying German for five years and attended the German Academy in 2017. I spent time in Freiburg Germany through the GAPP program. I love theater, doing crafts, hiking, and giving my heart to the German language and culture.

Jonathan Falls, RA

Hello! My name is Jonathan Falls and I am a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in International Relations and German. I began developing my passion for the German language and culture in middle school. In 2015 and 2017 I lived with a Bavarian host family for part of the summer. One day I hope to find an impactful career that combines my interests in global governance and German. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing trumpet, hiking, biking, and skiing. I am an alumnus of the 2016 German Academy and I am very excited to return to WLU and journey with you through this amazing opportunity!

Katy Kloc, RA

My name is Katy Kloc and I am a recent graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, where I earned a B.A. in International Studies and German. I have studied German since I was 13 years old, and I love the cultural knowledge I gained through foreign language education. Last year I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany, where I met wonderful people from all around the world and shared amazing experiences within the country. You can always catch me doing something creative; I love art of all kinds, especially graphic design and photography!