Anja Moore, Director

As the director of the German Academy 2019, I would like to briefly introduce myself. I am a native of Germany and grew up in the eastern state of Saxony not far from the Czech Republic. The USA has been my home now for more than twenty years, and I have taught German to more students than I can recall. Languages have always been a passion of mine, and I love teaching my students not just German but also the culture and perspectives of my native country. I am absolutely thrilled to be leading the Academy for a fourth year, and my team and I are committed to bringing a challenging and authentic German experience to the campus of WLU.

Bettina Hoeninger, Lead Teacher

My name is Bettina Hoeninger. I am a native of Germany with teaching experience in Germany and the U.S. Currently, I teach German at Courtland High School and serve as the World Language Liaison to Spotsylvania County Public Schools. I am very active with my German students, and sponsor extra-curricular activities such as German Folk Dance and the National Gingerbread House Competition®. This will be my third year at the German Academy. I am married and mother of three children with one grandson. In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling and exploring countries and cultures.

Douglas Tibbett, Teacher

I am Douglas Tibbett, German teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools, and only slightly less accurately, professional goofball. I graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in German Studies and then the following year with an M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. I am a 2008 alumnus of the Deutschakademie and maintain to this day that it was the most formative, exciting experience I had in high school. I have spent time in Germany twice in recent years and will be entering my third consecutive year of teaching at the Akademie. I am an avid reader of poetry, a rapid consumer of television, and a fountain of puns.

Maria Diyakova, Teacher

My name is Maria Diyakova, and I am a native of Moscow in Russia. Here I attended University for Political and Environmental Science. As a PhD candidate, I studied at Karlsruhe University in Germany. Now I live in the U.S. with my husband and two children, where I discovered my passion for education. At Hampton City Schools, I teach German as part of the IB Program. I am very excited to introduce the students to Russian, and deepen their knowledge of German. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities with my family and love the arts.